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For the first time since they opened the Angel "garden cafe" Theatre four years ago, theater owners Jimmy Ferraro and Dee Etta Rowe will be headliners for a regular show at their own theater.

"Ever since we opened the theater, people have been asking, "When are you and Dee Etta going to do a show?' " Ferraro said. "We finally decided to do it now."

Also appearing in the show will be singers Doreen Summers and Joe Mancino.

The musical revue/variety show will be a nostalgic look at the favorite songs of the 1940s, a tribute to Jimmy Durante and an old-time radio sketch based on The Bickersons.

For the finale, members of the audience will be invited onto the stage for a 1940s-style dance contest.

"Bring your dancing shoes," said Ferraro. Audience members can also dress in 1940s canteen style if they like.

Among the songs will be Begin the Beguine, Don't Blame Me, Where or When, Somebody Loves Me and How About You.

"This is a singing tribute to classy, sassy nostalgia," Ferraro said. "It captures the spirit of that bygone era when the world was at war and when pop music meant Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree and I Had the Craziest Dream."

Ms. Rowe recently returned from a month-long run of The Sound of Music at the Beef and Board Dinner Theatre in Indianapolis, where she reprised her role of Mother Superior. She made her Broadway debut several years ago in the musical The Most Happy Fella with Metropolitan Opera star Georgio Tozzi. After that, she appeared in the PBS television production of the musical Sweeney Todd and later toured with Angela Lansbury in the same show. She has performed in several national touring company productions of Broadway musicals.

Ferraro has been producer, director and actor in numerous musicals. He made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning musical Fiddler on the Roof, eventually appearing in more than 1,000 performances of that show on Broadway and in director Jerome Robbins' national touring troupe. He has appeared in theaters and supper clubs in New York and Las Vegas and once appeared with a troupe doing a performance for then-President Jimmy Carter in the capital. Ferraro's New York credits include Sancho in Man of La Mancha, Nicely-Nicely in Guys and Dolls, King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar, Mr. Bumble in Oliver, Duane Fox in Applause and Mary Sunshine in Chicago.

Ms. Summers has performed in community and professional theater and been guest singer with the Central Florida Lyric Opera in Orlando, the Spanish Lyric Theatre in Tampa and with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Hernando Symphony Orchestra.

Mancino had the lead role in Love, Sex and the IRS at the Angel and has appeared in six other productions at that theater. He also appeared in musicals and musical revues at Pasco-Hernando Community College.

The show is directed and staged by Ferraro, with Ms. Rowe as musical director.

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