'The Drunkard' is scheduled for performance at Minnick's

ON THE TOWN

April 14, 1996|By Sylvia Badger

BALTIMORE'S longest-running musical comedy, "The Drunkard," returns to Minnick's Restaurant in Dundalk on April 20 for one performance. Showbiz old-timers may remember this zany show, which opened in 1960 at the Four Corners Cabaret in Jacksonville, where it played to capacity crowds for 14 years, before moving to Minnick's for an eight-year run.

"The Drunkard" is an adaptation of an old-time melodrama, which involves a lot of audience participation. Guests are encouraged to boo the villain, cheer for the hero and sing along with old-time favorites like "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone."

The show on April 20 is produced by Ad Lib Productions, which was founded in 1994 by two of the show's original cast members, Herb Merrick and Kathy Foit Sewell. They will perform in this latest production, along with two other originals, Michael Kowalski and John Doty.

A buffet dinner will be served at 6: 30 p.m., followed by the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are going fast, so call Ellie Minnick at (410) 285-5828 for tickets, which are $21 each. She tells me the response has been so good that they are planning another show for early June.

Lecturing team

A local husband-wife team of authors, Madison Smartt Bell and Elizabeth Spires, are the 1996 Anne Healy Lecturers. They will share their ideas and writings at a free lecture at the Roland Park Country School on April 18 at 7: 30 p.m.

Among the many books Bell has written are "All Souls Rising," "Soldier's Joy," "Save Me, Joe Louis," and "Doctor Sleep." Spires is the author of four collections of poetry: "Worldling," "Annon-ciade," "Swan's Island," and "Globe." Her poems also have been published in dozens of magazines, and she wrote a book of children's riddles, "With One White Wing," which Erik Blegvak illustrated.

Santa Fe calls

Heard it through the grapevine Baltimore's Grand Dame of radio, Elane Stein, has decided to call it quits, after 21 years at WBAL-radio and many years on WCBM-radio before that. She and her close friend Nelson Schreterare moving to Santa Fe, N. M., where they will be a part of the nation's third largest art colony. However, you'll still hear Elane's unforgettable voice on the station from time to time, because several of her advertisers want her to continue making commercials for them.

Another WBAL-radio biggie is leaving. After 28 years at the station, sales director Larry Doyle, who is credited with much of the station's success, has decided to retire. I hear he's decided it is time to spend some time traveling and boating in that new boat he recently bought. Stop by and see us on the Chester River this summer, Larry.

Local fans of the ABC soap opera "All My Children" did a double take recently when they tuned in and saw WMAR-TV news anchor Mary Beth Marsden. She was great as a news reporter, and I am told that Pine Valley will never be the same.

Pub Date: 4/14/96

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