'Hot Nostalgia' by Eddie Applefeld

A musical revue with music from the 40s to the 70s is playing at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia.

If you enjoy theater then you should like living in the Baltimore-Washington area.

DC has many fine theatre companies and certainly so does Baltimore. There's of course the Hippodome and Center Stage, but let's not overlook Spotlighters, Vagabond Theatre, Fells Point Corner Theatre and others. 

Then there's dinner theatre. As far as I can tell, there's only one left in the Baltimore area. It's Toby's with locations in Columbia and in Baltimore City. 

They have consistently done outstanding work and have been the recipient of many prestigious awards. Take for example, Hot Nostalgia, the current production at Toby's Columbia.

It's a musical revue of songs from the 40s through the 70s.

I recognized most of the tunes, especially those of my favorite musical decade, the 50s. From Elvis to The Platters, from The Shirelles to Connie Francis.

Each decade was also represented by a change in wardrobe by the 10 talented cast members. So we go from zoot suits to tye dye shirts.

I must give loads of credit to the director and choreographer, Lawrence Munsey. The staging, dancing and other stage 'business' is what helped keep your attention. Too often in these revues you go from song to song with very little happening. 

The show runs Tuesday through Sunday with matinees Wednesday and Sunday.  Ticket prices range from $49-$54.

This is the third time Toby's has produced Hot Nostalgia, but each has been different. This production runs through January 27.

For more information, visit Toby's website. By the way, it's an all you can eat buffet. That even includes an ice cream bar. 

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