On Thursday, December 11, my daughter and I went to the Crown Uptown Theater located at 3207 East Douglas, Wichita, Kansas. We had tickets for the show “Here’s Love” by Meredith Wilson. The “Here’s Love” show runs from November 13 through December 21.
The prices of the Crown Uptown’s tickets include a buffet with a choice of tea or coffee that is included with the meal and their theater show. Any other drinks from the bar, including soft drinks, is additional to the price of the regular ticket price. You can also buy from their dessert cart for an additional charge. The theater offers Thursday matinees for $26.95, Thursday or Sunday Evening shows for $30.95, Friday or Saturday evening shows for $33.95. Please note that the prices are before taxes are added onto the ticket prices and they are per person.
The Crown Uptown Professional Dinner Theater served a buffet dinner before the show. The dinner buffet consisted of salads, a soup, bourbon mushrooms with walnuts and cranberries, spiced apples, cornbread stuffing, broccoli and rice, creamed corn, mashed potatoes, candied yams, shells and cheese, turkey gravy, rolls, and turkey and ham.
The production of “Here’s Love” is based on the movie, “Miracle on 34th Street.” The actors of this musical at Crown Uptown did an outstanding job providing a heartwarming and funny rendition of this show. Each person had a unique way of bringing their character to life.
The first act of the show took the audience from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City circa 1947 through the party for Santa at Macy’s department store. This includes the infamous psychology meeting with Mr. Sawyer to determine Kris Kringle’s mental stability.
The second act takes you through the court hearing to determine Santa’s sanity. While the courtroom setting is similar to what we have seen in the movie “Miracle on 34th Street,” the music numbers in Act Two are what sets the comical actions for this part of the music theater show. The young woman who plays Susan, the daughter of Doris, throughout the show has a wonderful singing voice for a middle school student. Doris, played by Tara Tucker, has a rather fine singing voice too.
Since I didn’t want to give away the whole show for those who have not seen “Here’s Love,” it is worth your time and money to see. If this show comes to your area for the Christmas season go see it with the family, it will be enjoyed by all.
UPDATE: March 7, 2009.
Ted J. Morris, owner of the Crown Uptown Dinner Theater, passed away in December 2008 due to a lengthy illness. His wife will continue to run the dinner theater with the help of the staff.
Check out their site for upcoming shows for the 2009 Crown Uptown Dinner Theater.