The stage version of the popular movie “Father of the Bride” is now playing at Beef & Board Dinner Theatre.
The film was first made famous in 1950 starting Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, and Elizabeth Taylor and then later in 1991 with Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, and Kimberly Williams.
The light-hearted comedy is perfect for the intimate setting of Beef & Boards. The story follows Stanley Banks and his family as his daughter, or “little girl,” goes through the process of planning a wedding.
This version has been adapted for local audiences and is set in Carmel. There are plenty references to local landmarks, which pleased the audience and got some extra laughs that only Hoosiers would find funny.
The laughs continued all night as Stanley’ daughter, Kay, somehow loses grip of her small, simple wedding, creating a lot of stress for her fiancé Buckley Dunstan. The chaos causes the wedding to be called off at one point and the loss of a prospective groom at another.
Of course with most romantic comedies the ending is picture perfect even if Stanley is broke.
The cast of this show is top notch with Jeff Stockberger as Stanley Banks. Kristin Lennox plays his wife while Lisa Ermel plays the role of the bride. The cast also includes Joseph Mervis as Kay’s brother Tommy and Ben Tebbe as the groom Buckley Dunstan. Ivory McKay brings the flamboyant wedding planner, Mr. Massoula, to life with flair. Beef & Boards favorite Deb Wims plays Ms. Bellamy, Stanley’s assistant, and Sandra Belles as Massoula’s assistant, Butch, rounds out the cast.
This fun story is good for all audiences but especially great to watch with family members who may be able to relate to such a story. It’s great how this production first began as a film in the ’50s and is still very relevant today as traditions continue through the generations.
It’s also great for those who may prefer a play to a musical. Beef & Boards produces several musicals throughout the year but has given the band off for this production.
“Father of the Bride” is scheduled to run through Sept. 29 at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets are $37.50 to $62.50 and include Chef Odell Ward’s dinner buffet, fruit and salad bar, and selected beverages. Discounts are available for children and groups of 20 or more. Parking is free.
Reservations may be made by calling the box office at 872-9664. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. For more information, visit the website at www.beefandboards.com.