Best Bets: Milton Theatre stages ‘Next to Normal’ musical

For Fred Munzert, directing the musical “Next to Normal,” has been a decade in the making. “This piece is very personal for me. I saw it not long after it opened on Broadway and it hit me hard. I liked how real-life it was. Oftentimes musicals are in these surreal, other places. But this has […]

Best Bets: Smyrna Opera House excited for new season

There is something for everyone in the new season at the Smyrna Opera House. And that’s just the way managing director Brian Hill wants it. From a magician to a psychic medium to tributes to Led Zeppelin and Queen to classical and jazz, the upcoming group of shows should appeal to a wide range of […]

Best Bets: Brown Box Theatre brings Shakespeare to Delmarva

If you’re like many English students, the works of Shakespeare may have been a tough slog back in the day. Kyler Taustin thinks there’s a reason for that. “We in the United States have made Shakespeare into poetry and literature within the education system and rarely are people actually performing it — are they speaking […]

Best Bets: Alverson pays tribute to Elton John in Smyrna

With both a musical and theatrical background, Lee Alverson looked on the internet one day back in 2000 to see just how many Elton John impersonators there were. “There were so many Elvis impersonators. Thousands probably. But there were only two or three Elton impersonators,” he said. And thus an enterprise that would take him […]

Best Bets: Sherlock Holmes, Watson solve crime in Dover

While much of Dover Comic Con looks to the future, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will offer guests a trip to the past. On Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., The Old State House, located at 25 The Green in Dover will present “The Scorched Pamphlet: Sherlock Holmes Returns to Delaware,” […]

‘Restaurant Impossible’ coming to Southern Grill

ELLENDALE — The Southern Grill in Ellendale is getting the “Restaurant: Impossible” treatment. The longtime Food Network show, in which chef Robert Irvine helps out eateries in just two days with only $10,000, will be in town Aug. 28 and 29. The show’s production company is seeking volunteers to help in the renovation and they […]

Best Bets: Smyrna-bound Isaacs put faith in their music

For Lily Isaacs, being a member of her family band goes way beyond music. It’s been a calling. “It wasn’t the plan. It wasn’t the life I grew up with. But it totally feels like a ministry. We are doing what God intended us to do as a family,” she said this week by phone […]

Best Bets: Food Truck Throwdown growing at Blue Earl

In just its third year, Blue Earl’s Food Truck Throwdown has grown so much that it’s doubling its days this year. “I wanted to double their pleasure,” said Ron Price, founder and brewmaster at Blue Earl Brewing in Smyrna. “It’s been so successful that I wanted to make it into a two-day event this year. […]

Best Bets: Billy Joel band members bring Big Shot to Freeman Stage

Tonight, Billy Joel and his band play Camden Yards in Baltimore. If you can’t make it (or can’t afford it), The Freeman Stage features the next best thing on Saturday. Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot perform the music of The Piano Man and more in Selbyville. But this isn’t any run-of-the-mill tribute band. Three of […]

Best Bets: An alphabetical trip around 100th Delaware State Fair

The temperatures are sizzling as much as the scrapple sandwiches. It must be time for the Delaware State Fair. It all started Thursday night as the 100th edition of the fair opened in Harrington and will last until July 27. Whether it’s your 100th fair or your first, it’s always an exciting time around here. […]