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Enjoy the Show With or Without Dinner in Elmsford

ELMSFORD, N.Y. -- The Westchester Broadway Theatre, in Elmsford, has long been a place where you can dine and watch a show. “New York State's best dinner and show value,” boasts its website .

This summer, however, the theatre is offering a $45 show-only option on Friday nights (the dinner-and-show package costs $80). The promotion is valid for the current show, “Seussical,” a musical based on the children’s books of Dr. Seuss, and for the next one, “Altar Boyz,” from Aug. 4 to Sep. 18.

“A younger crowd probably would appreciate paying a lower price and only watch the show,” said Pia Haas, the theater’s director of press and public relations.

Letty Singer, of North Salem, agreed that, if you cut the dinner, the kids don’t need to stay so long in the theatre. Singer attended Friday’s show with her daughter Anna, 8, who she said loved having popcorn.

“It makes it like a movie night,” Letty Singer said.

Yet the audience still comes in greater numbers for the traditional dinner-and-show nights. While on Friday around 100 people watched “Seussical,” 393 people attended the “Piano Man” concert on Saturday (the theater has 415 seats).

Haas said the difference in audience may or not be related to the dinner option, and that the show-only offer is still being evaluated.

“It’s an experiment,” she said. “We will see how that goes.”

Sandra Mallah, of Hastings-on-Hudson, said that theater-goers living on a tighter budget might simply not know about the promotion.

“I think it’ll take time for people to realize that it’s even an option,” she said.

Mallah’s godson Fatye -- who goes by one name, like Prince or Cher --  has a part in “Seussical,” a dance-intensive show deemed to please young and adults alike.

“This shows is very high level, punch and go, punch and go,” Fatye, 23, said.

Have you gone to the Westchester Broadway Theatre on a Friday night? What do you think of the show-only option?

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