Greater Tuna is Coming to the Grapevine Palace Theatre
The show that launched a million laughs, Greater Tuna, is coming to the Grapevine Palace Theatre Febuary 25 an 26. It is being produced by the Texas Family Musicals and there will be two evening performances with a matinee on Saturday, February 26.
The hilarious show stars veteran actors, Sam DiRosa and Steven Einspahr whose comedic timing andsplit second costume changes will keep the audiences in stitches the entire time. They will portray all 20 polyester-clad citizens of Tuna, Texas’ third smallest town where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.
Although written and first performed over twenty years ago, the residents of Tuna could not be more up to date. Contemporary politicians and the Religious Right have put the basis for the comedy in “Greater Tuna” right back on the front pages of today’s newspapers. Vera Carp is still leading the Smut Snatchers of the New Order in their campaign to clear the library shelves of dirty books like “Huckleberry Finn” and “Romeo and Juliet,” Elmer Watkins speaks up for the KKK, Petey Fisk argues fro animal rights, and a Celebrity Murder is on the front page of the newspapers. UFO sightings? A Fat, Overbearing Talk Show host? It’s not this weeks’s cover of Time Magazine, it’s Greater Tuna and its here in Grapevine and funnier than ever!
The mythical third smallest town in the Lone Star State has become home to the most successful stage triology of all time. Few productions have sustained the longevity and poularity that the original show in the series, Greater Tuna, has enjoyed over the years.
The Executive Producer of the Texas Family Musicals, Mike Skiles, said, “The Tuna legend is now a matter of history—- a history we are happy to share with you on the stage of the beautiful Grapevine Palace Theatre.
The show began in Austin, Texas in 1981 asa a simple party skin based on a political cartoon. Talented creaters Joe Sears, Jaston Williams and Ed Howard were the imaginative authors that parlayed the sketch into a critically acclaimed production which has entertained audiences across the county every since.
Greater Tuna is the first of five shows being presented at the Grapevine Palace Theater in 2011. Others include Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oklahoma, Night the Music Died and a Special Tribute to Roy Rogers and Dale Evans starring Roy Rogers Jr.
Tickets are $35, $30 and $27 depending upon the seating. Tickets can be purchased by calling (817) 573-9191 ext. 1 or online at www.texasfamilymusicals.com. The Palace Theatre is located at 100 Main Street in Downtown Grapevine.