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‘Dames at Sea’ drop anchor at Gilbert’s Hale

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Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 6:24 am | Updated: 7:34 am, Sun Feb 9, 2014.

Broadway can’t resist the combination of captivating gals tap-dancing with talented sailors, and neither can Hale Centre Theatre in Gilbert.

While Broadway is still buzzing about the revival of the toe-tapping, tuneful treat “Dames at Sea,” six talented dancer-singers are giving the production their all right here in Arizona.

“It is a love letter to the vintage movie musicals of the 1930s,” says director Cambrian James.

You’ll meet a temperamental diva, a wise-cracking chorus girl, and Ruby, who left Utah with stars in her eyes and hope in her heart. When the show the girls are rehearsing needs to find a new venue, it’s sailors to the rescue — and all hands on deck when they manage to convince the captain to let them use a naval battleship for the production.

What makes this musical such fun is that it is only six actors taking an affectionate poke at the mega-musicals of Hollywood’s golden age. Think of the creative, precision dance productions of Busby Berkley as interpreted by a creative chorographer/director with three guys and three gals.

“Dames at Sea” is both a tribute to, and a take-off of, those wonderful romantic musical comedies in which “Gobs” and “Gals” sing and dance their way to matrimony and into your heart.

“I’ve been wanting to present this show for some time now,” says David Dietlein, owner of the Gilbert Hale. “It’s exactly the sort of musical Valley audiences enjoy and, finally, all the pieces came together for us. We’re ready to go.”

Originally an off-Broadway hit, “Dames at Sea” opened in 1968, moving to larger and larger theaters to meet audience demands before heading off to London. The show launched the career of Bernadette Peters.


If you go

What: “Dames at Sea”

When: 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays through April 29

Where: Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert

Cost: $26 for adults, $21 for students, $16 for ages 6-12

Information: (480) 497-1181 or HaleTheatreArizona.com

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