The Music Box Theater

2623 Colquitt, 713.522.7722;

Keys to the Door: Co-owners and founders Brad Scarborough and Rebekah Dahl.

What%26rsquo;s in the Playbill: For years, Radio Music Theatre drew audiences to the edge of the Colquitt Corridor, near the corner of Kirby and Richmond. While the curtain has gone down on RMT, rising in its place is The Music Box Theater, a new concept by Brad Scarborough and Rebekah Dahl, along with company members Colton Berry, Cay Taylor and Luke Wrobel. (If those names look familiar, check your programs for recent performances by The Masquerade Theatre, among other local groups.) The company couldn%26rsquo;t have asked for a better space: Located near the West Ave development and a few blocks from Greenway Plaza, the intimate theater is already fitted with acoustics that would bless a recording studio. It%26rsquo;s the perfect setting for Music Box%26rsquo;s repertoire: original musical comedy works interwoven with popular songs spanning the decades, accompanied by live musicians and suitable for all audiences. The troupe performs on weekends only %26mdash; grab some friends, enjoy a glass of wine, a slice of cheesecake and some familiar tunes. %26ldquo;We%26rsquo;re tricking out some of the arrangements,%26rdquo; Dahl says, %26ldquo;but other songs we%26rsquo;ll keep pure.%26rdquo; Their inaugural production, fittingly called Opening the Box (through August 7), introduces the company %26mdash; through %26ldquo;broad versions of ourselves%26rdquo; for maximum entertainment, notes Scarborough %26mdash; then segues into characters gleaned from pop culture. The musical mix includes Aerosmith%26rsquo;s %26ldquo;Dream On%26rdquo;; Sinatra%26rsquo;s signature croon, %26ldquo;That%26rsquo;s Life%26rdquo;; %26ldquo;Defying Gravity%26rdquo; from Wicked; Irving Berlin%26rsquo;s infectious %26ldquo;Let Yourself Go%26rdquo;; and U2%26rsquo;s %26ldquo;I Still Haven%26rsquo;t Found What I%26rsquo;m Looking For.%26rdquo; The titles of upcoming performances, still in development, reveal a tongue pressed firmly in cheek: Damaged Divas of the Decades with guest performer John Gremillion (August 12 %26ndash; November 13) and Fruitcakes! A Very Special Holiday Special (November 18 %26ndash; January 17), Scarborough and Dahl promise that no performance will ever overstay its welcome by exceeding two hours %26mdash; and you%26rsquo;re pretty much guaranteed to know the score.

Image: The Music Box Theater company: Cay Taylor, Colton Berry, Luke Wrobel, Brad Scarborough and Rebekah Dahl

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