Great musical performance and a meal in Brunswick

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            It’s a great combination: dinner at one of Brunswick’s many fine restaurants and another spectacular performance at the Maine State Music Theater. Let’s start with the theater, which Linda and I have enjoyed for many years.

            Opening night found us in the third row for the awesome Always…Patsy Cline, a celebration of a music legend and one of my favorite singers.  Christine Mild’s singing took me right back to Patsy – Cline has the same wonderful voice. And Charis Leos, playing Patsy’s friend Louis Segar, was so very funny – and she can sing too.

            As Patsy (excuse me, Christine) sang 27 wonderful songs, Linda had to keep nudging me to stop me from singing along. But trust me, weeks later, I am still singing and whistling those songs. This musical was so popular that the theater added performances to its schedule – a first for them.

            Right now you can enjoy another classic, Guys and Dolls, running through July 15. Our next visit to MSMT follows that, performances of Grease, and we’ll have to return after that for Disney’s Newsies, a new one for us. Then it will be on to the Portland Stage where they partner with MSMT in performances of The All Night Strut. More great songs!

            It was good to see an ad in the MSMT program for the Public Theater in Lewiston, where Linda and I have been subscribers for 10 years, never missing one of their great performances. Yes, we are very lucky to live in Maine.

            And speaking of lucky, you have lots of good choices for dinner before the theater.  On this night we ate at the Brunswick Hotel’s Tavern, within walking distance of the theater. We’ve written about the tavern several times. I especially love the old historic photos on the walls here.

            This trip, I dipped heavily into the Crab and Artichoke Dip with local crabs, parmesan, and kettle chips. The serving was large and I enjoyed this again the next day at home. I stuck with that theme by ordering crab cakes for an entre. The Cajun remoulade sauce added some nice spice to the perfectly cooked crab cakes which were accompanied by a demi-salad.

            While I saw some awesome desserts go by our table, time was up and we had to hustle on up the street to the theater, so I didn’t get to try any of those. The tavern offers everything from burgers to ravioli, with plenty of fish dishes, and prices are very reasonable. Every table and all the bar seats were full the night we were there.

            And here’s some really good news: there are other great restaurants in this area. Go to my website, www.georgesmithmaine.com, select Best of Maine and Brunswick, Topsham, and Bath, and you can read our columns about area restaurants. Our favorites include the Sea Dog in Topsham, Solo Bistro in Bath, and Bombay Mahal, Henry & Marty’s, and Richard’s in Brunswick.

 

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