The best places to dine on Valentine's Day in Dayton

Published: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 @ 10:15 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 12:43 PM

Brio Tuscan Grille
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Looking to treat your significant other to a romantic dinner out on the town this Valentine’s Day?

Here is a roundup of Dayton-area Valentine's Day special dining events and menus: 

(We’ll be continuously updating this list. If you have any events to share, please send them along to 

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Love at First Bite at Brio Tuscan Grille 

The romance of Tuscany comes alive at BRIO with a special Valentine’s menu. Available for 10 days, their ‘Love at First Bite’ menu features romantic cocktails like the Sweetheart Martini and the Brut Domaine Chandon. The entrees include a lobster and shrimp scampi, or the Bistecca Brio. Reservations are highly recommended around Valentine’s Day.


WHERE: The Greene, 4459 Cedar Park Drive, Beavercreek

WHEN: Feb. 9-18

COST: Varies by menu items 


Lovebirds Dinner at Lily’s Bistro

Whether you and your dinner date are newly dating, or you’re real veterans at this whole Valentine’s Day thing, Lily’s Bistro has prepared a menu to make this V-Day the best one yet. The fixed-price menu is $54 a person, plus tax and a tip. Goat cheese panna cotta, scallops, pork belly, halibut, lamb loin and chocolat malted milk ball cheesecake have us drooling ...

(Amber Brady- Lily's Bistro)


WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 14

WHERE: Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. Fifth St., Dayton

COST: $54

INFO: Facebook

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El Meson’s ‘Madly in Love With Margaritas’

“Whether you’re celebrating with your significant other or just hanging out with friends or family, I think everyone can agree, we’re ‘Madly in Love with Margaritas!’” said an El Meson Facebook post. The evening, which requires a ticket purchased in advanced, includes five different styles of Margaritas paired perfectly with a gourmet fajita bar. 


WHEN: 7-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12 

WHERE: El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Drive, West Carrollton

COST: $45 & tax and tip

INFO: Facebook 

El Meson’s ‘A Casual Valentine’s Day Celebration’

Anyone wanting a more laid-back V-day celebration will be happy to hear that El Meson has got you covered. Signature Margaritas, Mojitos and select tapas are priced at $5 each. The following tapas are available for the special Valentine’s Day price:

Chilean Baked Chicken Empanadas 

Served with a spicy pebre (chilean cilantro sauce) 

Montaditos (choose one)

Contimpalito chorizo with manchego cheese 

Caprese (fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil), 

Smoked salmon with arugula 

Chicken Tinga Nachos

with nacho cheese, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, lettuce and jalepenos 

Battered Cauliflower

with aleppo pepper and a sweet citrus sauce 

Coco Bites

coconut crusted fish bites/scallions/tempura flash fried with an orange mustard sauce


WHEN: 4:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13

WHERE: El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Drive, West Carrollton

INFO: Facebook

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Valentine’s Day Dinner at Dewberry 1850 

(Dewberry 1850)

Chef Timothy Skiber and his team want to make Valentine’s dinner special for you and your honey this year with a spectacular menu lineup. Make your reservations today, as they are expected to fill up fast. Here is what Skiber has created this year to make you fall in love all over again: (Choice of one of each course)


-Chopped salad 

Red onion/Brussels sprouts/edamame/chopped egg/tomato/roasted walnut raspberry dressing  

-Bibb lettuce 

Mandarin orange/local chevre /dried cranberries/crispy onion 

Rose Water and honey vinaigrette  


-Salmon saltimbocca 

Sangria glaze/asparagus chive bundle/saffron orzo 

-Veal cordon blue 

Gruyere fondue/corn cake 

-Smoked grilled tri tip 

Cheesy grits/carrot straws 

-Poached pear and cherry glaze tempeh/ sautéed garlic kale/brown rice 


-Chocolate crème brûlée, candied cherry’s 

-Salted caramel ice cream malt 

-Strawberry gelato/ bourbon caramel


WHEN: 5-10 P.M. Wednesday, Feb. 14

WHERE: Dewberry 1850, 1414 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton

COST: $45

INFO: Facebook

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Wine, Dine & Sparkle at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

If you really want to splurge on Valentine’s Day, this is the event for you. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a four-course dinner for two with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne and a sterling silver Tiffany & Co. infinity necklace.

Those who just want a small splurge can opt out of the champagne and pendant and get the meal only. That cost will range from $69-$95, depending on choice of entrée.


Appetizer: Prosciutto Wrapped Sea Scallop (arugula, orange tarragon vinaigrette, crispy wonton strips, roasted garlic butter sauce)

Salad: Seasonal Beet and Goat Cheese Salad (golden and red roasted beets, pickled onions, roasted pistachios, goat cheese, lemon balsamic vinaigrette)

Choice of entree:

Filet Mignon (8 ounce, beech mushrooms, cabernet demi glace) OR New Zealand Barbecue Salmon (king salmon, beech mushrooms, cilantro oil)

The filet or salmon come paired with a choice of Colossal Shrimp in roasted garlic butter sauce OR Colassal King Creb leg, au gratin style)


Chocolate covered Madeleine Cookies and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries with housemade chantilly cream


Where: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 4432 Walnut St., The Greene, Beavercreek

When: Feb. 9-18. Hours are 5-10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 5-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Open early at 4 p.m. on Feb. 14. 

Cost: $500. Reservations for the Wine Dine & Sparkle experience must be made no later than 2/07/18.

More info:  Website or call 937-320-9548. To make a reservation for the full bundle, send an email to or call 310-482-4273. Reservations for dinner only can be made online.

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Star City Brewing will be hosting Sweet & Sour Valentines on Wednesday, February 14 from 7-10pm. CONTRIBUTED

Sweet & Sour Valentines: A Miamisburg Pairing

Whether you’re feeling sweet or a little sour this Valentines Day, Star City Brewing Company and Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shoppe have the event for you. The brewery will be hosting Sweet & Sour Valentines on Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 7-10 p.m. 

“The sweet side of the event takes place in our Heritage Room, where we’ll have candlelit seating by the fireplace with chocolates, fresh fruit and your choices of beer, wine or cider — all made in house,” said Justin Kohnen, owner of Star City Brewing Company. “The jokingly sour side of the event takes place in our Mill Room and features access to a sour candy bar, a glass of beer wine or cider, and a whole night of mingling with our gaming library, foosball, darts, pool, giant jenga, Cards Against Humanity and more.” 

The brewery will also be tapping two exclusive ciders for the event with a new sweet and sour cider. 


What: Sweet & Sour Valentines: A Miamisburg Pairing

Where: Star City Brewing, 319 N 2nd St, Miamisburg, OH

When: Feb. 14 from 7-10 p.m. 

Cost: Tickets for the Sweet event are $40 per couple and include candlelit and fireside seating, 2 glasses of wine, beer or cider a piece, and 16 assorted chocolates from Grandpa Joe's and fresh fruit and dip to share. Tickets for the Sour event are $10 per person and include a glass of beer, wine or cider for each person, access to our Grandpa Joe's sour candy bar, and a night of group gaming. 

More info: Facebook

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Salar Restaurant & Lounge pop-up Valentine’s Day dinner at Boosalis Bakery

It’s just for one evening — but it’s a very important evening for restaurant owners: Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. At 7:30 p.m. that night, Margot Blondet, owner of Salar Restaurant & Lounge, will host a pop-up, five-course wine-tasting dinner at the Cross Pointe Shopping Center bakery on East Alex Bell Road just east of Far Hills Avenue (Ohio 48). Salar, at 400 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s Oregon District, has been shut down since it was damaged in a fire on Dec. 29. There is no projected re-opening date yet.

The menu will include items such as Pistachio-Encrusted Baby Rack of Lamb, Filet Mignon with Truffled Cream Pasta, Roasted Pisco, and Honey & Lemon Salmon. 

The price is $89 per person, which includes wine pairings and gratuity. Space is limited. 

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What: Salar pop-up Valentine’s Day dinner at Boosalis Bakery

Where: 175 E. Alex Bell Road #280, Centerville

Cost: $89 per person

More info:  Buy tickets here

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FREE CONCERT TICKETS: If you live in Huber Heights, the Rose is offering a special deal

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:22 PM

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox will perform Sunday on the Tire Kingdom stage at SunFest.
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As part of their appreciation week, Rose Music Center will be giving away two tickets for two concerts this summer. 

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Beginning Tuesday, May 29, at 11 a.m. through Saturday, June 2 at 2 p.m. residents will have access to two free tickets to each of these shows: 

JUNE 7 — Postmodern Jukebox

JUNE 28  Kenny G and The Tenors.

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Complimentary tickets can be obtained by bringing a driver’s license with a valid Huber Heights address to the venue box office (Box Office Hours: Mon – Fri, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m.  – 2 p.m.) or by going to and entering offer code: HUBER (not case sensitive). 

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This offer limits two tickets per show, per person. Offer is valid in select seat locations only and while supplies last. Free tickets have no cash value. All events rain or shine. Dates, times and artists subject to change without notice.

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The 4 best parts of the 40th annual Taste of Cincinnati — and some have nothing to do with the food

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

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As the Taste of Cincinnati enters its 40th year, organizers work per usual to keep the event new while also retaining those popular elements that keep hungry Cincinnatians returning.

See below for what’s new at the Taste along with reassurances that your favorite parts aren’t going anywhere.

1. Music Bash

Apparently, 45 live musical acts on five stages is not enough. To ensure Taste-goers have more live music than they know what to do with, organizers are inaugurating a special, separate “Music Bash.” The lineup is The B-52s (“Love Shack”), Rick Springfield (“Jesse’s Girl”), and Loverboy (“Working for the Weekend,” “Lovin’ Every Minute of It.”) The Bash will take place on May 27 at 5 p.m. at the Sentinel Street entrance onto 5th St. Tickets are $29.99.

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The B-52s, best known for their party song, “Love Shack,” will perform at the Taste of Cincinnati’s inaugural Music Bash, along with Rick Springfield and Loverboy. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

2. New to the Taste

While food vendors at the Taste can fluctuate wildly from year to year, organizers say it’s slowed down a bit for 2018, allowing for a bit of continuity. That being said, there will be seven brand-new vendors offering their delicacies at the Taste this year. They are: Bridges (Nepalese), Dewey’s Pizza (craft pizzas, calzones, and salads), Quite Frankly (homemade beef franks and specialty sandwiches), Rovey’s Turkey (turkey burgers, sandwiches, dogs, and tacos), S.E.A. Cuisine Food Truck (Southeast Asian tacos, steak, sandwiches, rice, and salads), Sis’s on Monmouth (American comfort food), and Slice, Slice Baby (pizzas, calzones, and Italian subs).

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3. Best of Taste

About a month before the Taste, mystery judges visited the upcoming vendors and handed out awards for best dishes in various categories. Alfio’s Buon Cibo, an Italian eatery, did particularly well, winning first place both for Best Restaurant Dessert (chocolate raspberry tiramisu), and Best Restaurant Entrée (veal short rib ravioli). Other first-place winners include Island Frydays for their jerk chicken pasta (Best Appetizer), Tickle Pickle for their mac and cheese with crushed BBQ grippos (Best Soup-Salad Side), and the Silver Ladle for their Silver Ladle Salad (Restaurant Best GoVibrant!). GoVibrant! items are those who meet the American Heart Association’s standards for low fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

Food trucks also got into the Best of Taste action. Adena’s Beefstroll cleaned up with their Ma’s meatball sub (Food Truck Best Entrée) and The Stroll (Best Food Truck Appetizer). Other winners include Packhouse for their jalapeno mac and cheese (Best Food Truck Soup-Salad Side), streetpops for their pineapple passionfruit streetpop (Best Food Truck GoVibrant!), and SugarSnap! for their “Make It A Sundae” Brownie (Best Food Truck Dessert).

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As if there wasn’t enough food, courtesy of Findlay Market, there will actually be a “Taste within the Taste.” KARA DRISCOLL/STAFF(Kara Driscoll)

4. Other Highlights

As if there wasn’t enough food, courtesy of Findlay Market, there will actually be a “Taste within the Taste.” Over 20 vendors – some from Findlay Market, others “foodpreneurs” from Findlay Kitchen, will provide the Taste of Findlay Market, a diverse grouping of “bites” that will be available all weekend.

Students from the Art of the Piano Festival, otherwise known as the classical “rock stars” of today and tomorrow, will perform on the main stage on May 26 at noon.

The Cincinnati Pops Poptet, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra’s rhythm ensemble, will perform a series of standards and showtunes on the main stage on May 27 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Last but certainly not least, local media celebrities will compete in the annual soapbox GoVibrant! Veggie Races on May 25 from noon-1 p.m.


What: Taste of Cincinnati

When: May 26-28

Where: Fifth St., downtown Cincinnati

Cost: No admission cost

More Info:

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This year’s Furry Skurry to include goat yoga, dog bone bar and kitten nursery

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 3:51 PM

Calling all Superheroes! The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is fighting animal homelessness and needs your help to find forever homes to all animals.

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Lace up your sneakers. Tie on your cape. Grab your super pooch and sign up today for the 27th annual Furry Skurry 5K walk/run to benefit the pets at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, the area’s largest no-kill animal welfare agency. This is one of the LARGEST animal events in the Miami Valley!!

This family-friendly and pet-friendly event will take place on Saturday, May 26 at the Eastwood MetroPark, 1385 Harshman Road. Come as an individual, family or a team and celebrate pets during this exciting and fun-filled event.

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Not able to attend? Don’t worry! They also have Virtual Walker/Runner options so that you can experience all the goodies without being at the event!

Jessica and Jeff Singleton attend Furry Skurry with their two dogs Wrigley (left) and Daisy (right). Both dogs were adopted from the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. Photo by Jessica Garringer(

What better way to ring in the unofficial start of summer than with a run around the park with your super sidekick dog?! Registration starts at 8 a.m. with the 5K run/walk starting at 9:30 a.m. A more casual 1-mile walk will follow at the 5K race.

All 5K participants will receive a free pancake breakfast, T-shirt, swag bag and finisher medal. Want a truly super experience? Upgrade your registration to our V.I.P.P. (Very Important People and Pets) ticket and receive access to the V.I.P.P. tent, open bar, premium parking, giveaways, pet massages, paw-dicures and more!

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If you want to attend Furry Fest without participating in the race then you will just $5 at the door (for anyone 16 or older). If you are younger than 16 you can enter for free. 

Peggy Lindsey came up from Georgia to run in this year's Furry Skurry with her dog Gordie. Gordie was adopted at Furry Skurry 11 years ago and they are still a perfect match! CONTRIBUTED BY JESSICA GARRINGER(

Fun at Furry Fest includes: 

  • Goat Yoga (you must register online ahead of time - you will also need to bring your own mat)
  • Shopping at 40+ vendors
  • Appearance by Atlas the Wonderdog, the 2017 Service Dog of the Year
  • Food Truck Rally
  • Trivia in our Ales and Tails Tent
  • Dog Bone Bar
  • VIPP (Very Important People & Pets) Amenities including premium parking, an open bar, checked baggage area, special food
  • Ales & Tails Drink Tent serving up Beer, Wine, Mimosas and Bloody Marys
  • Selfie Station 
  • Caricature Sketch Artist
  • Demonstrations by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit
  • High-flying Pancakes with Chris Cakes Ohio
  • Live music from Funky G & The Groove Machine
  • Kitten Nursery
  • Kids Play Zone
  • Caricature Sketch Artisit
  • Pet Costume Contest
  • Pet Look-a-Like Contest
  • Henna and Air Brushed Tattoos
  • Live Demonstrations
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Face Painting
  • Giant Jenga Yard Games
  • 50/50 Raffle Drawing
  • Snag a Subaru Raffle Tickets
  • And So Much More!

Children, dogs and superhero costumes are welcomed and highly encouraged.


There will be lots of shopping and activities during the event and some are cash-only, so please be prepared. There’s no guarantee that every vendor will be able to process credit cards. 

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This year’s Furry Skurry 5K & Furry Fest is sponsored by Petco Foundation, Subaru of Dayton, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Dayton City Paper, LexisNexis, MedVet, McAfee Heating & Air, Meijer, MiracleCorp, Friends of the Humane Society, Secret Eden, Voss Auto Network, Dayton Magazine, MikeSell’s and Fore Acres Photography. 

 All proceeds raised from this event help care for the homeless pets at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton receives no government funding and relies solely on the donations of individuals, companies and grants to run the programs and services it offers to the community.

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They are dedicated to building loving relationships between people and pets. Founded 116 years ago, it is the largest and most-established no-kill animal welfare agency in the area. It focuses on pet adoptions, eliminating pet overpopulation, providing education and ensuring the humane treatment of animals. For more information about the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, call (937) 268-PETS (7387) or visit


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See the story of how Carole King rose to stardom in Dayton this week

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

9 shows at the Schuster Center

After interviewing Carole King for days, playwright Douglas McGrath was faced with a tough decision. Which parts of the legendary singer/songwriter’s personal journey should be included in a musical about her life?

You’ll see the results when the Tony and Grammy award-winning Broadway hit “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical” makes its Dayton premiere at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center May 22-27. The show’s songs include “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,”“You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” “Up on the Roof” and “Take Good Care of My Baby.”

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Singer/songwriter Carole King’s early life is captured in the musical, “Beautiful.” CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

McGrath believes for a Broadway show to succeed, the audience has to care about and connect with the people in it — whether it’s the King in “The King and I” or Alexander Hamilton in “Hamilton.” In this case, McGrath decided to focus on a period in King’s life that began in 1959, just before Brooklyn native Carol Klein composed her first hit song. She is 17, pregnant and newly married to 20-year-old lyricist Gerry Goffin.

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The decade that follows includes her early songwriting years, the break-up of her marriage and the 1971 release of “Tapestry,” one of the best-selling albums of all time. “Tapestry” not only represented Carole King’s artistic peak as a performer and writer but also sums up everything that had gone on in her life up to that point, McGrath notes. “All of those things inform these songs. Because ‘Tapestry’ was such a triumph, it supports the play’s message of victory over heartbreak.”

The playwright didn’t know a lot about the famous singer before becoming involved with the Broadway show. “She is a keep-to-herself kind of person and my standard joke is that — like most people — I thought she was born, learned to walk and then recorded ‘Tapestry!’ ” he says. “What I didn’t realize was that 12 years before ‘Tapestry’ came out she was writing hit songs for all of the big groups in the ’50s and ’60s —Aretha Franklin, The Drifters, the Shirrells, the Beatles, the Monkees.”

Douglas McGrath, who wrote the script for “Beautiful,” is pictured with Carole King. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

Crafting a show

The other main characters in “Beautiful” are another married songwriting couple — Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

“We were lucky in this case because ‘Beautiful’ is about four real people,” says McGrath, who interviewed all four songwriters at length. “All four were intelligent, inspiring, interesting and flawed people — meaning they are human, not perfect — which helps an audience relate and connect.”

McGrath was obviously impressed with King when he interviewed her. “You don’t necessarily think of rock musicians as intellectual, but Carole is really brainy and could speak articulately about everything,” he says. “She skipped two grades in school and was in college by age 16. She has a perfect memory and never struggled for specific dates or names. Later, when I interviewed Gerry, her ex-husband, he confirmed everything she had told me.”

McGrath says his hours with King weren’t always easy for her. “Her life has been filled with joy as well as heartbreak and I don’t think she had talked about some of it for a long, long time,” he says. “A lot of Kleenex kept coming out of her purse. Gerry was her first love.”

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Douglas McGrath, who wrote the script for “Beautiful” spent days interviewing Carole King about her life. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

Whenever he worked on the script, McGrath played their music in the background. “It helped me see the connections between events in their lives and the music itself, what they created, ” he explains. “You could hear something in their lyrics and stories that would make sense with certain parts of their lives. I wanted the songs to feel connected to their lives.”

That goal was apparently achieved. King walked out halfway through the first read-through she attended. It turned out, says McGrath, it wasn’t that she didn’t like it. She did. It was simply too painful.

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“Beautiful” tells the true story of Carole King s remarkable rise to stardom as part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

Becoming Carole

Since that time, King has returned to see the entire show. Sarah Bockel, who will portray the famous singer in Dayton, remembers a night in Boston when the cast was asked to gather on stage after the performance for an important announcement.

“We thought we were getting fired!” recalls the Chicago native who worked as an understudy for the leading role before playing it. “Then, Carole King walked out! We didn’t know she was there, it would have made us too nervous. She was extremely gracious and kind, gave us her blessing. Everyone was crying and clapping because she’s not only changed our lives but has changed millions of other people’s lives. We all got to take a selfie with her.”

Sarah Bockel will portray Carole King in the Broadway musical, “Beautiful.” CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

Bockel says there’s a lot she loves about this part and this show. “I love singing the music every night, and love the other 22 people in the show,” she begins. “I love the fact that theater allows people to communicate a message to a group of strangers sitting in the dark who are bought together because they want to be told a story. I love telling stories. I like communicating with people, making them feel joy, sad. I love being a different person and I love the work you have to do within yourself to produce genuine emotion in yourself so that others can feel something cathartic. I love that it’s never the same and you’re always learning.”

Bockel believes audiences relate to “Beautiful” because they have a major connection to the music and to memories attached to it. “Her music is so personal and so applicable to everyone’s lives,” she believes. “For example, what does it mean to be a natural woman? It can mean something different to everyone but the idea is really simple.”

“Beautiful” features the life story and music of Carole King. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

The take-away

McGrath hopes Carole King fans who come to the show will be surprised to discover new things about the singer’s life. He’s also hoping those fans bring their kids and grand-kids.

“Her story is very inspiring for young people,” he says. “It’s about a girl who — at 16 — broke into a business where there were no females. And when her marriage came apart and she thought everything was lost, there were even better things ahead. It’s a great message for those who have experienced losses — a first heartbreak or a job that doesn’t work out. You think you’re the only one who has had your heart broken and that’s not the case. It’s great to see someone who’s had difficult things happen and fully recovers without becoming bitter.”


What: “Beautiful-The Carole King Musical”

When: May 22-27. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton

Tickets: $26 and up plus service fees. Get tickets online at, at the Box Office, or by phone at (937) 228-3630 or (888) 228-3630.

NOTE: Saturday matinee performances of Broadway Series presentations are sign interpreted. Audio description is available by request.

BACKGROUND ON BROADWAY At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, you can learn about the development, history, and artistry of the show. This free event is held in the Schuster Center’s fourth-floor lobby. You must have a ticket to that day’s performance.

“Beautiful” comes to the Schuster. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

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