Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The year the Bowling Alley became the Club Bene'

The bowling alley had been open for a few years. When the owner looked around and thought this would make a great Dinner theater . He would go to the Copa in New York City with his family to see the stars perform at the time. Sammy Davis, Bobby Darrin, he would take his children , they had wonderful pictures of the family at the Copa. Imagine being a youngster and being able to see this type of entertainment.
So the building began on the future Club Bene'. A room that would hold 900 seats . Dinner and Show. He started off with doing Dinner Theater which at the time was new. Then in the afternoons on Saturday and Sunday they would present Children's shows. They were great! Seeing live theater in Sayreville NJ. Children would have their birthday parties there, and the girl scouts would book their groups to go and enjoy the shows. It was great , if it was your birthday that day, you were called up on the stage and everyone would sing Happy Birthday to you. There was always several children up there, sometimes the same children on the weekend. No one cared , you were a star for that moment. On stage everyone looking at you, singing to you. Wow! How cool was that. The owner would even give out presents to the kids on stage. It was wonderful. When it was over , we would leave the theater filled with excitment. We could never imagine that in just a few years John Travolta would be on that same stage, in the chorus performing in West Side Story! Who knew what was yet to come to this club that was once a little bar on a corner. Some of the biggest stars ! Imagine in Sayreville , New Jersey.

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