Dinner and a Musical

Interior of Dolores del Rio restaurant

Interior of Dolores del Rio restaurant

Saturday night my in-laws were visiting from out of town and we needed an entertainment plan that would please three generations.  We settled on two San Antonio classics – dinner at Dolores del Rio restaurant followed by musical theater at San Pedro Playhouse

Dolores del Rio is located at 106 East Riverwalk near the Aztec Theater on the Riverwalk.  Dolores del Rio is small and authentic.  You have to walk through the kitchen to get to the restrooms, a feature my husband seems to enjoy.  (Nobody else was brave enough to embark on this journey.)  The small kitchen delivers large portions of tasty Italian food.  We also enjoyed the generous family-style spinach salad. 

After 7:30 pm the restaurant has live music.  We left before the entertainment began on Saturday but on a previous visit we enjoyed a belly dancer and several singers.  The restaurant wasn’t very crowded the night we visited but reservations are usually needed.  

Live music stage

Live music stage

After dinner we drove to the San Pedro Playhouse to watch the 8 pm showing of  The Sound of Music.  Only a few seats were empty in the theater.  Every age group seemed to be represented in the audience.  The singing was excellent, especially the group scenes with the children and the Sisters.  Ana Hernandez as Mother Abess sang a very powerful “Climb Every Mountain.”  The audience gave the cast an enthusiastic standing ovation at the conclusion of the performance. 
San Pedro Playhouse, located at 800 West Ashbyopened in 1930 and is the longest running live theater in San Antonio.  
Art and jewelry sale in Playhouse lobby before the show

Art and jewelry sale in Playhouse lobby before the show

Entrance to San Pedro Playhouse

Entrance to San Pedro Playhouse

Edit on Sptember 6, 2009:  If you like Sound of Music you might want to watch this You Tube video of a performance at the main train station in Antwerp.  Thanks to Dieter for sending me this link. 
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