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New theater in Mesa showcases musical comedy with a twist

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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 5:45 pm | Updated: 4:28 pm, Fri Feb 15, 2013.

At Silver Star Playhouse, Broadway shows and popular musicals are remade with a splash of comedy — including funny songs, amusing characters and a delightful smattering of local humor.

Currently running at the new theater in east Mesa is “Les Miserables: A Revolution of Comedy.” The Silver Star version of the well-known Broadway favorite centers around Jean Levi-Jean, a man who was imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, and Inspector Javert, an obsessive constable who hounds him after he breaks parole.

According to artistic director Scott Holman, “The main reason to come to Silver Star is to laugh, and ‘Les Miserables’ promises to have audiences laughing until their sides ache. You’ll boo the villain and cheer the hero as you experience our fast-paced precision comedy.”

The unique approach is based on a tried and proven formula developed over 25 years at the Desert Star Playhouse in Salt Lake City. With 460 performances and 10,000 season ticket holders, Mike Todd with his wife, Alyce, and their team have honed entertainment to an audience-satisfying science.

Todd says they opened the refurbished, upscale Western-style theater in the former Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Mesa to bring something new to the Valley.

“There is good entertainment in the Valley and the audiences are great,” Todd says, “and we’re bringing them something totally new in our original musical comedy. What we do is completely different from any other theater in the Valley.”

In fact, he says, “We like to find out what everyone else is doing and then we don’t do that.”

“Actor ad-libs and skilled improvisations are also part of Silver Star’s style. Don’t be surprised if jokes about local politicians, sports teams, celebrities, and current events find their way into the production. If it’s in the news this morning, it’ll be on our stage tonight,” says Holman.

Included in the ticket price is a “double feature.” Each evening’s play is followed by a high-energy 20-minute “Olio” variety show with more singing, dancing and comedy.

For those who want a dinner-theater experience, Silver Star offers that option as well, with made-to-order gourmet pizza, wraps, soft drinks and more that can be ordered right before the show and served to the table.

“Les Miserables: A Revolution of Comedy” runs through Feb. 23, with shows 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m. Fridays and 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturdays.

The next show, “Butch Cassidy and the Sunburnt Kid,” opens March 14 and runs through May 4.

Silver Star Playhouse is located at 5247 E. Brown Road in Mesa. Individual tickets — $17.95 for adults, $9.95 children 11 and younger, $15.95 for students, seniors and military — and season ticket packages are available.

Visit www.silverstarplayhouse.com or call 480-325-6700 for more information.

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