WBT to Host Eight-Hour New Year’s Eve Party

Published: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 By: Jerry Eimbinder Source: The Examiner


 Eight hours of celebration are planned for New Year’s Eve at the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford, and with 500 seats available, that should keep

Executive Chef Alexandra Sampaio plenty busy. A performance of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s classic musical “Show Boat” is part of the evening’s entertainment. The cost is $370 per couple, which includes dinner, show, beverages, party favors, taxes and gratuity. The evening’s festivities begin at 6 p.m. in the lobby with the buffet-style serving of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. A revival of “Show Boat” follows on stage at 7 p.m.

The first dinner course, a fresh greens salad, is served during the play’s intermission; the second and third courses arrive after the show ends. After dinner, the stage is transformed into a dance floor and The Tuxedo Parc Orchestra entertains. A champagne toast ushers in New Year’s at midnight, but the party continues until 2 a.m.

Sampaio said, hors d’oeuvres include;  chilled lobster, shrimp cocktails, clams casino, pigs in blankets, antipasto, empanadas and fresh fruit. There is the choice of three dishes – beef, chicken or fish and the signature Peach Melba will be served as dessert. A basket of dinner rolls includes fresh baked corn bread.

The open bar policy applies all night with beverage service, including cocktails, wine, coffee, tea and soft drinks, provided by the wait staff.

“Show Boat” recalls a time in history (the musical’s opening is set in 1890) when the Mississippi River showboat was a remarkable early American entertainment venue. The first act deals initially with racism as the show boat’s female star, accused of being black though appearing to be white and married to a white man, is banished from her role. The play is noted for its departure from comedy to drama in a musical on the early Broadway stage. The score is incredible and includes “Ol’ Man River,” “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man,” “Life Upon the Wicked Stage,” “Bill, Why Do I Love You,” “Goodbye My Lady Love” and “You Are Love.” A beautiful duet, “Only Make Believe,” is sung early in the first act by soprano Bonnie Fraser (playing Magnolia, daughter of the riverboat captain) and John Preator (Ravenal, a gambler and Magnolia’s first and only love). The touching “After the Ball” is sung in the second act in a beautiful