Venue Details

242 Star Starred
The Grove Theatre
276 E. 9th Street Upland, CA 91786
909-920-4343
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Member Tips

Jay The Critic
Casual to upscale casual
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Jay The Critic
Lots of free, easy, close to the theatre parking.
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Goldstar Member
Parking right out front
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la123brat
Be careful when parking due to 2 or 3 hour time limits even in the evening.
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la123brat
We ate at JD Allysons...a great bar with fantastic food and right down the street from the theatre.
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Jessica Littlefield
Bring cash if you want refreshments at the theatre.
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1 review
2 stars
attended Oct 23 2010

The original music in this show is good enough to be on country radio. The actors who sing these songs could be Nashville stars. I was particularly fond of the... continued

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62 reviews
97 stars
attended Oct 30 2010

This poor production... There were ten times as many seats as audience members. In fact, there were probably only twice as many audience members as performers. This... continued

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7 reviews
2 stars
attended Oct 22 2010

Wonderful singing, lots of fun. Definitely recommended.

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Website

http://grovetheatre.com/

Description

In Jeff Goode and Richard Levinson’s new musical comedy, the action takes place at the “Honky-Tonk Bar ‘n’ Fill” under the watchful eye of “Doc,” the bartender.  A bunch of terrific dancers hit the floor to the music of a topnotch country band led by his old high school buddy Eldridge Preston, who seems to think he is the star of the place. But that title really should go to his ex-wife Lucinda, who used to be in Eldridge’s show and can dance and sing (and party) anyone under the table. 

On this particular night, Eldridge is going to introduce the regulars to his newest singer and latest flame, Patsy. But nobody can predict the consequences — least of all Doc, who by night’s end might get what, or who, he’s always wanted.  And through it all, the music, dancing and laughs never stop.

The show, directed by Jeremy Aldridge (the multi-award winning director of the recent smash Louis and Keely Live at the Sahara!) stars original cast members Brendan Hunt, an LA comedy legend fresh from his recent appearance on the Jimmy Fallon Show, and Courtney DeCosky, who Backstage magazine described as “remarkably charismatic …with a rarified ability to rivet an audience’s attention."

Joining them is Wendi Hammock, who recently starred in the hit Orange County production of The Who’s Tommy, busy voice-over actor Doug Gochman, and Rancho Cucamonga’s own Rachel Howe — returning to the Grove for the first time since her own premiere there as a child actor. Local theatergoers will also recognize some other familiar faces, when local favorites Christen Dugger (Church Basement Ladies), Eugene Collins (West Side Story) and Vil Towers (Peter Pan, Kiss Me, Kate!) take the leads at several of the performances. 

The boot-scootin’ ensemble is rounded out with championship competitive partner dancers like Robert Jackson  (who makes his home in LaVerne) and musical theater mainstays like Cat Yurkovich, who has performed frequently at the Candlelight Pavilion, when not in New York City high-kicking as a Radio City Music Hall Rockette!  

All of it is choreographed by top choreographer Allison Bibicoff (Asst. Choreographer on Four-time Tony nominated Broadway production of Xanadu), with one hot band led by John McDuffie – taking time off from his duties as musical director for Rita Coolidge, and featuring pickers whose touring and album credits which include Bonnie Raitt, Delbert McLinton, and Bette Midler. The title song has a few credits of its own, having been heard recently on several episodes of the HBO series “True Blood.”