September 17, 2014
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That's Entertainment: 20 years ago
Don Fowler

Dancers from Russia’s Kirov Ballet danced at East Greenwich High Scool in a fundraiser for the Odeum Theatre.

The third Annual Big Easy Bash was held at Stepping Stone Ranch in Escoheag, and featured RhodeIsland’s own Hot Tamale Band and the Voodoo Rhythm Kings.

The Ocean State Light Opera Company, under the direction of Scott Winthrow, presented “Christopher Columbus” at the Wheeler School.

“A League of Their Own,” starring Tom Hanks, was the big baseball movie of the year.

Eddie Murphy was making bad movies 20 years ago. “Boomerang” was 1992’s flop. And it even had Halle Berry in it.

Alec Baldwin starred in “Prelude to a Kiss,” which was nowhere as good as the Trinity play.

Remember Helen’s on East Street in Cranston? They had chicken or shrimp scampi, plus chicken and veal parmigiana for $4.95. Fried scallops and fried clams were $3.95.

J. Wales on Post Road in Warwick had a complete lobster bake for $12.95.

Cathay Garden in East Greenwich had an All You Can Eat Buffet for $7.50. The New China Restaurant on Warwick Avenue had dinner combination meals from $2.95-$4.95.

You could buy 3 lbs of quahogs for a buck at Healey’s Seafood on West Shore Road.

Warwick Musical Theatre opened its 38th season with Tom Jones, followed by comedians Louie Anderson and Rita Rudner. The Pointer Sisters returned after a 10-year hiatus. July also saw Willie Nelson, followed by bad-boy comic Andrew Dice Clay. Other July stars included Randy Travis, Gene Pitney, Myron Floren, Wynonna, Gallagher, and the one and only Victor Borge.

“The Phantom of the Opera” was the only musical scheduled for the revolving stage. It was obviously not the Broadway version.

“Annie Get Your Gun” was at Theatre-by-the-Sea.

Remember The Spaghetti Warehouse? The Seedling Acting Company presented “The Case of Angelo’s Famous Spaghetti Sauce,” a murder mystery, following dinner. Anna Slaughter of Warwick was in the production.

Brown Summer Theatre had Joe Orton’s black comedy, “What the Butler Saw,” which we had seen at Brown 20 years previous (That’s 1972, folks!).

Cumberland’s Norman Beauregard, now working with Gamm Theatre, wrote and directed “Blackstone Borne,” and presented it at North Smithfield High School, giving us everything we ever wanted to know about the Blackstone Valley.


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