The Show Palace Dinner Theatre has done musical tributes to the 1950s, '60s and '70s, as well as to ragtime, Irving Berlin and Harlem.
Now it's time for the Greatest Generation's music, the 1940s, appropriately called "Sentimental Journey." It plays April 29 through June 5.
"This show pays tribute to the legendary USO shows of the 1940s," said Matthew McGee, the Show Palace's artistic director and the show's co-creator with Scott Daniel. "The show is wonderfully unique in that it tells three separate stories of romance, escapism and patriotism, primarily through classic songs and clever and witty choreography."
The show's two dozen tunes cover the gamut of '40s favorites: wartime melodies like Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree and the White Cliffs of Dover; novelty songs like Your Feet's Too Big and On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe; romantic tunes like Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Begin the Beguine; swing dance songs like Shout and Feel It and Bugle Call Rag; and the can't-keep-still song-and-dance number Sing, Sing, Sing.
Award-winning singers Meghan Colleen Moroney (Mama Mia on Broadway), Laura Hodos (Sister Sarah in Guys and Dolls) and Megan Wheeler (Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof) play the Byrd Sisters (first names Blues, Boogie and Barrelhouse) who do Andrews Sisters-style harmonies on Rum and Coca Cola and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.
Show Palace favorite W.C. Green (Jud Fry in Oklahoma!) plays the Crooner, doing Sentimental Journey and A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square.
The 10 Swing Kids dancers burn up the floor in Traffic Jam, Life Goes to a Party and several big song-and-dance production numbers.
"We felt that 'Sentimental Journey' would be a great way to kick off our summer season and be an entertaining departure from the standard Broadway musical seen at Show Palace," McGee said.