The year was 1973. Those three massive eye catching Pyramids had just been constructed on the then far northwest side of Indianapolis. A new music and theater venue named Beef & Boards had just opened. It offered a delicious meal prior to the entertainment show of the evening. Thus began a wildly successful run that continues today, 50 years later.
Fort Wayne native Douglas E. Stark patronized the opening show, Tom Jones, and was mesmerized by the venue. His dream came true in 1980 when Stark bought Beef & Boards with a business partner, Bob Zehr. Stark recently observed “At the time it offered the most stability that I could have as an actor and director to fulfill my artistic need-and at the same time provide the stability that’s necessary for raising a family.” That family is now, with Douglas, operating Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre.
The 2023 season will celebrate 50 years of excellence in the theater business. The lineup of shows is quite frankly remarkable. It opens with the classic board game mystery Clue, one of three debuts this season. Wonderful musicals, clever comedies and theater classics make for a must see season.
The Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre 50th Anniversary season lineup
Clue Dec. 28, 2022 – Feb. 5, 2023 (Beef & Boards Debut)
Footloose Feb. 9 – March 26
An American in Paris March 31 – May 15 (Beef & Boards Debut)
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast May 18 – July 9
Sophisticated Ladies July 13 – Aug. 20
Grumpy Old Men The Musical Aug. 24 – Oct. 1 (Beef & Boards Debut)
Joseph -Dreamcoat Oct. 5 – Nov. 19
White Christmas Nov. 24 – Dec. 31
The year long celebration of 50 years at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre will be an event that you should become a part of. Each and every show has appeal to all and provides an immense variety of entertainment options. Do not miss any of these fabulous performances. Bring your desire for a filling dinner and hunger for professional entertainment. You won’t be disappointed. All the information you need is at the Beef & Boards website.