Warwick Musical Theatre
|Location||510 Quaker Lane, Warwick, Rhode Island 02818|
|Owner||The Bonoff Family|
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.
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.
In 2009, The Tent Life in the Round was shown in local theaters and is now available on DVD from Revolving Stage Productions.
Gladys Knight and the Pips
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Jesus Christ Superstar (with Ted Neeley)
Regis Philbin/Kathie Lee Gifford
Three Dog Night
Sandler and Young (1973)
Gallagher (Watermelon Smasher)
The Fifth Dimension
Gladys Knights and The Pips
The Mommas and the Papas
Hello Dolly - Carol Channing
Tony Orlando and Dawn
Preservation Hall Band
Little River Band
- 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