Pantochino serving up a new musical, ‘The Waffle House Five,’ in downtown Milford
Pantochino Productions Inc. is staging its original musical, “The Waffle House Five,” Friday, April 26-Sunday, May 19, at the Milford Arts Council’s downtown venue.
Inspired by a true story, the new musical features book and lyrics by Bert Bernardi and music by Justin Rugg. Set in an Alabama restaurant, the story follows five waffle servers who are given lottery tickets instead of tips. They agree to split the winnings should their numbers come up, but when one of them hits the jackpot, they serve up anything but the truth, the troupe said in a news release.
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“Sometimes when dreams come true, all bets are off,” Bernardi said in the release. “The show is a hilarious, laugh-out-loud look at the ups and downs of winning and what happens when co-workers jump in the lottery pool.”
Co-producer Jimmy Johansmeyer added, “This is a great follow up to our shows like ‘Noni Cimino’s Kitchen’ and ‘Italian Wedding Soup’ — it’s good old-fashioned comedy, with a Southern twang.”
The cast includes Pantochino company members Johansmeyer and Rugg, as well as Mary Mannix, Shelley Marsh Poggio, Maria Berte, Rachelle Ianniello, Valerie Solli, Don Poggio and Peighton Nash. New York’s Marci Bing returns to Pantochino, having appeared in the company’s 2012 production of “Teen Santa.”
“The Waffle House Five” features sets by Von Del Mar, costumes by Johansmeyer, lights by Jeff Carr, sound by Sara Brown, with Alejandro Lopez as production stage manager. The production is sponsored by the Carla and Sean Sullivan Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven. Pantochino’s season sponsor is the Connecticut Post Mall.
All performances feature cabaret seating and audiences are invited to bring their own food and drinks to enjoy during the performance. Refreshments are also on sale at each performance. Parking is free in all railroad station lots.
Milford Arts Council, 40 Railroad Ave., on the northbound side of the Milford train station. Fridays, Saturdays 7:30 p.m.; Sundays 2 p.m. $25.