‘In A Booth At Chasen’s’ the story of a first date that changed the world—the real-life Hollywood romance of Ron and Nancy Reagan

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Final week now through November 25 only at El Portal Theatre in NoHo

In November 1949, a 29-year-old starlet – Nancy Davis – went to dinner at Chasen’s restaurant in Hollywood with the President – of the Screen Actor’s Guild – movie star Ronald Reagan, while Reagan was still nursing a broken heart from his divorce from actress Jane Wyman.  It was a blind date that changed history as there was an attraction; the two hit it off.

Brent Schindele as Ronald Reagan and Kelley Dorney as Nancy Davis in “In a Booth at Chasen’s” through Nov. 25 at El Portal in NoHo.

That story has become a new musical — In a Booth at Chasen’s – The Real Life Romance of Ron and Nancy Reagan – and is now in its last week and must close Sunday, November 25 at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.

Two-time Academy Award winner and Tony nominee, Al Kasha, multiple award-winning hit songwriter, Phil Swann, acclaimed author and poet, Sam Bennett and director-choreographer Kay Cole, have woven the two-year courtship of Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis into a funny and touching two-character musical that is both poignant and endearing.  It’s a true Hollywood love story made both human and timeless.

The critics were ecstatic about the show. Broadway World gave it ***** (highest rating) “Go see In a Booth at Chasen’s … a perfect off-Broadway show.”  NoHoArtsDistrict.com made it an Editor’s Pick: “A first class musical theatre production that could be seen in New York.”

The musical presents the beginnings of one of the world’s most legendary romances – and how it might not have happened at all. The show plays out in a booth famously associated with the legendary, and now lost, Hollywood landmark, Chasen’s Restaurant.

To some, Ronald Reagan’s unyielding devotion to his wife is to be admired and Nancy’s fierce protection of her husband is applauded. To others, their relationship seemed odd, old-fashioned and even corny. Either way, it cannot be denied that few, if any, marriages had more of an impact on the 20th century.

One of the creators of In a Booth at Chasen’s, composer Al Kasha wrote the hits “The Morning After” from The Poseidon Adventure and “We May Never Love Like This Again” from The Towering Inferno.  Kasha is a longtime Hollywood insider and Reagan correspondent.

Associate producer Ron Dante produced two Tony award-winning Broadway shows – Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Children of a Lesser God. Dante’s successes also include incredible achievements as a record producer.  He co-produced Barry Manilow’s first nine albums that include Manilow’s greatest hits: “Mandy,” “I Write the Songs,” “Could It Be Magic” and the Grammy-winning “Copacabana.”

Tolucan Times readers can save 20 percent on select seats. Use code CHASENS20. Tickets are available at InABoothAtChasens.com and by calling (818) 508-4200. El Portal Theatre is located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood.


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