The Lackawanna Historical Society is partnering with the Ritz Theater and Performing Arts Center for the 115th anniversary of the Ritz, established in 1907 by Sylvester Poli. The Society will host a vaudeville-style variety show at the theater on Thursday, October 13at 8:00 PM highlighting Scranton’s long and colorful theater history as part of the Society’s annual dinner.
Scranton became a popular stop on the vaudeville circuit due to its “tough crowd” of miners and laborers who wanted a good show for their money. The phrase, “If you can play Scranton, you can play anywhere” let performers know that if they pleased the Scranton crowds, they were ready for Broadway. The Lackawanna Historical Society is hoping to bring back some of the city’s vaudeville spirit with their variety show, featuring musical selections from Ken McGraw and the Scranton Shakespeare Festival, and performances from the Ballet Theater of Scranton, the Diva Theater, and The Ritz Mainstage Playersand students from CaPAA.
Join them before the show for the Society’s annual dinner, which will begin with a cocktail hour at 6:00 PM followed by a dinner at 7:00 PM. Combo tickets for the dinner and show are $60. For information on how to purchase tickets for the show only, please contact the Lackawanna Historical Society at (570) 344-3841 or by email at email@example.com.