By Ettie Newlands
When Connie Ross-Karl goes to Dino’s TV Variety Show, it’s not just to watch the show. She also watches the people watching the show.
“It pleases me so much to watch the audience just absolutely delight in the performances,” she says.
If you go
When | Dino’s TV Variety Show plays Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays at 7 p.m., and adds shows when they’re sold out or have groups of at least 35 coming.
Where | 2001 Entertainment Complex, 920 Lake Arrowhead Rd., Myrtle Beach
How Much | Tickets for the local show are $29 for just the show; $39 if the in-house-chef prepared dinner is included; and $49 if the meal at Original Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood Restaurant is included.
More info | Call 234-2229 for tickets or visit www.dinostvvarietyshow.com for more information.
Dino’s is a family show, and while the double entendres will not be lost on the adults, the children won’t be offended, enjoying the show on their own level.
A re-creation of the old Dean Martin Show from the 1960s and early ‘70s, the cabaret-style show, which includes the option of two dinner choices, brings back the likes of The Lennon Sisters, Judy Garland, Granny Clampett, Ethel Merman, and the humor, talent and nuances that were uniquely theirs.
“I’ve been surprised, not just with the authenticity of the characters, but the performance,” says Nat Adams, a local fan.
About the performer playing Dean Martin, Adams says, “If you look at the Dino mannerisms, it’s the little things he does that separates him from the others.
“It’s not just the Dean sound. It’s the voice, the hand gestures, the walk.
“You can tie those things up in a ribbon and make it special, particularly for those who know,” Adams says.
Among “those who know” are those from the generations who were faithful viewers of the old, live NBC variety show.
Ross-Karl’s 85-year-old Mom is one of them.
“I take Mom whenever I go because she always takes away a memory that is absolutely unforgettable,” Ross-Karl says.
“She’s treated so royally and feels like she’s the only person in the audience.”
That’s exactly how co-owners and producers Cindra and Hank Marshall planned it.
The couple, married 32 years, are no strangers to the stage, both behind the scenes and as performers.
They actually met while performing – she was a multi-faceted singer, dancer, musician and host while he was, in his wife’s words, “The best drummer in the world.”
The Marshalls have performed in this country and overseas including in USO shows, and have been involved in the entertainment industry all of their adult lives.
The Starlight Room 2001 Entertainment Complex, at 920 Lake Arrowhead Road in Myrtle Beach, holds about 125 people, so it’s what Cindra Marshall calls “an intimate cabaret setting.”
Dino’s TV Variety Show brings back, not just the old Dean Martin Show, and the 2010 versions of the personalities who frequented it, it brings back the essence of a way of life.
“Even though there was still a lot going on in the world back then, like the Vietnam War and the hippies, people had balanced lives back then,” Marshall says.
“There were three networks on TV and families sat around watching certain shows together.
“Dean Martin was huge for family time together and the show reminds people of that.”
Tammy Elvis who lives in Loris, says Dino’s TV Variety Show being interactive is her favorite part of the show.
“In the audience, you feel like [the performers] are there just for you,” she says.
Elvis, who routinely takes out-of-town guests to the show, says, “I just love it. It’s entertaining, it’s interactive, and it’s just good.”