Open main menu

Warwick Musical Theatre was a musical theater located on Route 2 in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Warwick Musical Theatre
The Tent
Location510 Quaker Lane, Warwick, Rhode Island 02818
Coordinates41°40′54″N 71°29′47″W / 41.6817°N 71.4965°W / 41.6817; -71.4965Coordinates: 41°40′54″N 71°29′47″W / 41.6817°N 71.4965°W / 41.6817; -71.4965
OwnerThe Bonoff Family
TypeIndoor
Capacity3,300+
Construction
Opened1955
Renovated1967
Closed1999
DemolishedJune 2002

Buster Bonoff opened the theatre in 1955 on the site of an open field. Initially the theatre hosted touring Broadway shows but by the 1970s "big name" entertainers became its standard offering.

In 1967, the original tent was replaced with a 3,300 Theatre in the round that used a building from the 1964 New York World's Fair.

DemiseEdit

Facing increased competition from larger venues and the two casinos in Connecticut, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, Warwick Musical Theatre hosted a farewell season in 1999, ending its 54th season with a concert by Vince Gill.

The founders of the theatre, Buster and Barbara Bonoff did not live long after the theatre closed. Buster died in 2000 and Barbara in 2003.

The Warwick Musical Theatre was torn down in June 2002 and a Lowe's now occupies the site.

Since its demise, the theatre has been honored by a pair of Rhode Island artists. Frank Galasso included it in two of his lithographs, Remember When... and Icons of Rhode Island Past and present. Duke Marcoccio made a commemorative ornament as a part of his series of 'My Little Town' Rhode Island landmarks.[1]

In 2009, The Tent Life in the Round was shown in local theaters and is now available on DVD from Revolving Stage Productions.

PerformancesEdit

Donna Summer

Paul Anka

The Carpenters

Neil Sedaka

Gladys Knight and the Pips

Bobby Sherman

Sammy Davis, Jr.

Melissa Manchester

John Davidson

Joan Rivers

Jesus Christ Superstar (with Ted Neeley)

Regis Philbin/Kathie Lee Gifford


Anne Murray

America

Three Dog Night

Bill Cosby

Jack Benny

Huey Lewis and the News
















John Denver

Bob Hope

Perry Como

Tony Bennett

Chuck Berry Andy Williams

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Bobby Vinton

Roy Orbison

The Everly Brothers

Willie Nelson

Don Rickles

Herb Alpert

Engelbert Humperdinck

Jerry Seinfeld

Judy Tenuta

Liberace

Little Richard

Paula Poundstone

Ray Charles

Sergio Franchi

George Carlin

Steve and Eydie P Sumo wrestling(1991)

The Beach Boys

Tom Jones

WWF (1983-1999)

Billy Ray Cyrus

Sandler and Young (1973)

Gallagher (Watermelon Smasher)

Harry Chapin

Johnny Mathis

Trisha Yearwood

Kim Richie

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Johnny Carson

Totie Fields

Reds Fox

George Burns

Shecky Greene

Rodney Dangerfield

Howie Mandel

David Brenner

Peggy Fleming

Phyllis Diller

Rich Little

Barry Manilow

Neil Diamond

Dionne Warwick

The Fifth Dimension

Lou Rawls

Temptations

Four Tops

Diana Ross

Liza Minnelli

Gladys Knights and The Pips

Chicago

The Mommas and the Papas

Jerry Vale

Kenny Rogers

Glen Campbell

Hello Dolly - Carol Channing

Smothers Brothers

Dom Deluise

Harry Belafonte

Wayne Newton

Jimmy Dean

Burt Bacharach

Jim Nabors

Flip Wilson

Tony Orlando and Dawn

Mel Torme

Dolly Parton

Buddy Hackett

Lou Rawls

Ben Vereen

Don McLean

Preservation Hall Band

Pete Fountain

Little River Band

Wyonna

Kenny Loggins

Judy Collins

Art Garfunkel

George Benson

Vince Gill

Pete Mangione

Dan Fogelberg

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Patinkin, Mark (December 14, 2009). The Providence Journal. Providence, Rhode Island http://www.projo.com/lifebeat/markpatinkin/Mark13_12-13-09_NUGM39O_v18.26a4f9d.html. Retrieved December 23, 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)

External linksEdit