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By Derby Dinner Playhouse

Derby Dinner’s 2017-18 season will feature five productions never before seen on the Derby Dinner stage and three of the most requested classics.

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Laughter reigns with the season opener, the warm-hearted comedy that finds a happily married couple enjoying their freedom as the last of their sons leave the house to begin adulthood…or so they think…in “Empty Nest” (May 31-July 9).

Filled with charm, lilting harmonies and clever comedy, Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” (July 12-Aug. 20) is family entertainment at its best. “Till There Was You,” “Seventy Six Trombones” and many more will leave the audience humming one of the greatest scores of the American Musical Songbook.

Welcome back to Mississippi for “Southern Fried Nuptials” (Aug. 23-Oct. 1), where the wild and wacky Frye Family is at it again—celebrating love and overcoming loss in this hysterical sequel to the smash hit comedy, “Southern Fried Funeral,” seen on the DDP stage last season.

“A Murder is Announced” (Oct. 4-Nov. 12) and is set to occur in Miss Blacklock’s Victorian house. Fortunately Miss Marple is on hand to unravel this mysterious thriller that’s full of Agatha Christie’s fiendishly ingenious twists and turns. A murderously delightful evening of whodunit.

Holiday traditions take a fresh turn with this new musical version of the Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol The Musical” (Nov. 15-Dec. 31). This tune-filled celebration combines humor and great heart as Tiny Tim, Visiting Spirits and the whole of London itself, teach Old Scrooge how life should be lived. A joyful and dazzling new musical that is sure to put you in the “Spirit” of the season.

Ray Cooney’s “Funny Money” (Jan. 10-Feb. 18, 2018) kicks off the New Year with side-splitting laughter as a humble husband discovers a briefcase bulging with a fortune. As the couple plans their escape to Barcelona, detectives intervene and the explanations lead to hilarity. Just like 2017’s Cooney hit, “Run For Your Wife,” this fast-paced farce will leave you in hysterics.

A trip down the aisle on a Greek Island paradise with a mother, daughter and three possible dads. Individuals are invited to the ultimate feel-good musical, “Mamma Mia” (Feb. 21-April 8, 2018). The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship. This is a must-see musical event for all—a glittery, nonstop, fun-filled celebration that dances right into the heart.

Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s ground-breaking “Oklahoma!” (April 11-May 27, 2018) bursts with innovative style, winsome charm and beauty. From the opening strains of “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin” to the rousing title song, individuals will be swept away by the courtship of Curly and Laurey, the rivalry between the farmers and cowboys, and the frontier spirit and optimism of a young nation. This uplifting and endearing musical score and timeless romance will sweep you off your feet all over again.

Season subscriber savings options: Eight-show package—Derby Dinner Playhouse’s complete season saves individuals more than 30 percent. The flex-5 package—any five shows that saves individuals more than 20 percent. All subscribers receive special perks such as preferred seating, ticket exchange privileges, vip express door access, concert discounts and complimentary coffee chat preview for every show.

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