About Theatre GetawaysLoren Sass

In 2008 and 2009, I was conducting my Theatre Getaways tours in partnership with VanGalder Tour and Travel. This was truly a wonderful experience and I enjoyed the opportunity of meeting many new people and sharing my love of the theatre. The current state of the economy in combination with absurdly rising ticket and food prices made it necessary for me to step back, pull the plug, and finally call it quits. Back in 1990, I formed Theatre Getaways on the premise of providing a first class travel experience with prime theatre seating followed by dinner at a fine-dining establishment. Unfortunately the cost of such an experience had gotten to the point where I was no longer comfortable asking people to spend that much money on a single day’s excursion. Therefore, my last Theatre Getaways tour was on December 12, 2009.
I had such a wonderful time on all of the more than 300 bus rides to the shows, and will sincerely miss greeting all of you as you get on board for another theatrical and dining adventure. Thank you for sharing a part of your lives with me.

Loren

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Theatre Getaways took over 300 tours from 1990 to 2009.

Here is the complete list of tours, and the
restaurants we enjoyed over the years.

Nutcracker on Ice - 12/1/90
shopping and overnight at the Palmer House

Me and My Girl - 1/26/91
Marriott's Lincolnshire

Minneapolis weekend 2/91
(Camelot and Lend Me a Tenor)

Rumors - 3/7/91
Allegro Cafe Milwaukee PAC

Peter Pan - 5/12/91
Red Lobster

Minneapolis tour 8/91
Bye Bye Birdie; Death of a Salesman; Man Who Came to Dinner

Man of La Mancha - 11/16/91
Milk Pail

New York 11/91
Miss Saigon

Evita - 1/11/92
Candlelight Dinner Theatre

Minneapolis 2/92
I Do, I Do; Hello Dolly - Chanhassen

Annie Warbucks - 3/15/92
Marriott's Lincolnshire

Rumors - 3/29/92
Candlelight Forum - Nikos

City of Angels - 5/17/92
Bay Street Station

Aspects of Love - 5/30/92
Bay Street Station

The Secret Garden - 6/12/92
Berghoff

Lettice and Lovage - 6/27/92
Carlucci’s

Chorus Line - 10/13/92
Red Lobster

Clooney Feinstein Concert - 10/24/92
Milk Pail

Lend Me a Tenor (Xmas shopping Palmer House) 11/21/92
Apollo Theatre

Miss Saigon - 1/16/93
Grisantis

Miss Saigon - 1/23/93 and 2/13/93
Berghoff

Sweeney Todd - 2/28/93
Marriott's Lincolnshire

Will Rogers Follies - 4/17/93
Red Lobster

Camelot with Robert Goulet - Saturday, May 15, 1993
Grisantis

Minneapolis - Phantom May 28, 1993

Miss Saigon - 6/26/93
Berghoff

Song and Dance - Sunday, August 8, 1993
Candlelight Dinner Theatre

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Sunday, October 10th, 1993
Bay Street station

Crazy for You - Saturday, November 6th, 1993
Grisantis

New York 11/93

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - January 8, 1994
Bay Street Station

Phantom of the Opera - January 22, January 29, March 19 and March 26, 1994
Milk Pail

Minneapolis weekend getaway - February 4 to 6, 1994
Cats; Woman of No Importance

Secret Garden - February 12, 1994
Cafe Angelo

Mame - April 16, 1994
Candlelight

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - June 12, 1994
Grisantis

Phantom of the Opera - June 12, 18 and 25, 1994
Grisantis

Guys and Dolls - July 9, 1994
Cafe Angelo

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - July 16, 1994
Como Inn

Hello Dolly! - August 6, 1994
Garfields

Tommy! - October 15, 1994
The Eccentric

Les Miserables - Chicago Christmas Shopping weekend - December 3 and 4, 1994

Singing in the Rain - January 21, 1995
Candlelight

Minneapolis weekend getaway - February 3 to 5, 1995

Macbeth; Chanhassen 42nd Street

Jelly’s Last Jam - April 22, 1995
Copperfields

Branson! Monday, July 10 through July 14, 1995.

My One and Only- July 29, 1995
Candlelight

Victor Victoria - August 5, 1995
Bella Vista

Victor Victoria- August 13, 1995
Bella Vista

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - November 12, 1995
Renaissance Hotel

Sunset Blvd. New York Thanksgiving vacation 1995

Miss Saigon - December 9, 1995
Petros Diannas

She Loves Me - December 16, 1995
Maders

Ain’t Misbehavin’ - December 23, 1995
Ruperts

Jekyll and Hyde - January 20, 1996
Como Inn

Beauty and the Beast - Minneapolis getaway - January 26 to 28, 1996

Carousel - February 24, 1996
Ruperts

Brigadoon - May 19, 1996
Candlelight

Showboat - April 20 and June 22, 1996
Milk Pail

How to Succeed in Business - June 15, 1996
Palm Court

Damn Yankees - July 27, 1996
Como Inn

Toronto and Stratford, Canada - July, 1996

Showboat - September 14, 1996 -
Milk Pail

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - September 28, 1996
Candlelight

Christmas shopping in Chicago - November 23 and 24, 1996

Annie - January 11, 1997
Rosewood

Master Class - February 15, 1997
Palm Court

Minneapolis weekend - March 14 to March 16, 1997
Having Our Say & The Price

Man of La Mancha - March 22, 1997
Polaris

Showboat - March 29, 1997
Bella Vista

Sunset Blvd. - April 20, April 26, and May 31, 1997
Renaissance Hotel

Kismet - June 8, 1997
Marriott's

West Side Story - August 9, 1997
Candlelight

Chicago - September 6. 1997
Berghoff

Riverdance - November 23, 1997
Riverwest Brewery

New York - Thanksgiving 1997

The Gin Game
Petro’s Diannas

Beauty and the Beast - December 6, 1997
Rosewood

South Pacific - December 14, 1997
Drury Lane

Les Miserables - January 17, 1998
Barn of Barrington

Riverdance Minneapolis - March 15, 1998
Ruthless and Thunder Knocking

Rent - March 28, 1998
Berghoff

Phantom of the Opera - April 25, 1998
Barn of Barrington

Gypsy - May 2, 1998
Lincolnshire Fairfield Inn

Once on This Island - May 31, 1998
Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro

Me and My Girl - June 14, 1998
Cafe’ la Cave

The King and I - June 27, 1998
Catch 35

Shenandoah - August 23, 1998
Grazie!

Chicago - August 29, 1998
Polaris at the Hyatt

Ragtime - November 21, 1998
Palm Court

Crazy For You (Chicago overnight) - November 27-28, 1998
Drury Lane restaurant (Courtyard)

Rockettes Xmas Show - December 6, 1998
Cafe La Cave

Ragtime - January 16, 1999
Palm Court

The Wizard of Oz - January 23, 1999
King’s Wharf

Riverdance - February 7, 1999
Prairie at Hyatt on Printers Row

Minneapolis - March 19 - 21, 1999
Peter Pan; Chanhassen Good News; Julius Caesar

Ragtime #3 - April 10, 1999
Mill Rose Brewing Company

Titanic - May 8 and May 22, 1999
Rosewood

Cabaret - June 19, 1999
Zum Deutschen Eck

Art - June 27, 1999
Biggs

Miss Saigon - July 17, 1999
Polaris

Rent - September 18, 1999
Bella Vista

Fosse - October 9, 1999
Blackhawk Lodge

New York - November 24 to 28, 1999

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - December 4, 1999
Palette’s

Brigadoon - December 5, 1999
Drury Lane Theatre - Courtyard Restaurant

Aida - January 8, 2000
Zum Deutschen Eck

Minneapolis - March 17,18,19, 2000
Scarlet Pimpernel

Jekyll and Hyde - April 8, 2000
Palette’s Restaurant

HMS Pinafore - May 21, 2000
Skylight Opera - Lake Park Bistro

Luncheon Cruise on Lake Michigan - June 17, 2000
Odyssey cruise ship

Toronto tour - June, 2000

Pump Boys and Dinettes - July 9, 2000
King’s Wharf Marriott’s

Phantom of the Opera - July 29, 2000
Boulevard Inn

Arsenic and Old Lace - August 5, 2000
Drury Lane Oakbrook - Courtyard Restaurant

Luncheon Cruise on Lake Michigan - August 26, 2000
Odyssey cruise ship

Evita - August 27, 2000
King’s Wharf Marriott's

Annie Get Your Gun - October 21, 2000
Millrose Brewing Company

Fiddler on the Roof - January 6, 2001
Barn of Barrington

School for Scandal - January 20, 2001
Prairie at the Hyatt

West Side Story - April 21, 2001
Drury Lane Oakbrook

Best Little Whorehouse in Texas - April 28, 2001
Blackhawk Lodge

Mame - May 20, 2001
King’s Wharf Lincolnshire

Mama Mia! - July 7, 2001
Prairie

Beauty and the Beast - July 8, 2001
Boulevard Inn Milwaukee

Museums/Shopping in Chicago - July 14, 2001
Blackhawk Lodge

Les Miserables - July 28, 2001
Pieces of Eight Milwaukee

Miss Saigon - August 19, 2001
King’s Wharf

The Full Monty - September 8, 2001
Reza’s Chicago

Guys and Dolls - September 29, 2001
Quilted Bear Germantown

Burn the Floor - October 28, 2001
Santorini Chicago

Bye Bye Birdie - November 11, 2001
King’s Wharf - Marriott's Lincolnshire

My Fair Lady - November 17, 2001
Drury Lane Oakbrook

New York Tour 2001 - November 21 to 25, 2001

Lady Be Good - March 24, 2002
Giovanni’s Milwaukee

South Pacific - April 7, 2002
Packing House Milwaukee

Contact - April 13, 2002
The Blackhawk Lodge

New York in June - June 27 to July 1, 2002

Mama Mia Milwaukee - July 13, 2002
Carini’s LaConca D’Oro

Odyssey Cruise - July 20, 2002
on board dining

Aida - September 7, 2002
Santorini

42nd Street - September 8, 2002
Packing House

Bring in Da Noise, Bring in da Funk - October 19, 2002
Rosewood

Funny Girl - November 10, 2002
King’s Wharf

Chicago - Skylight Opera - Sunday, November 24, 2002
Giovanni’s

Little Shop of Horrors - January 12, 2003
Drury Lane

Tale of the Allergist’s Wife - January 18, 2003
Millrose Brewing Company

Seussical the Musical - Jan. 25, 2003
Water Street Brewery

Cats - March 16, 2003
King’s Wharf

Botanic Gardens - 5/17/03

The Lion King - Barn of Barrington
- May 24, 2003
- May 31,2003
- June 18, 2003
- June 22, 2003
- June 29, 2003
- July 6, 2003
- July 9, 2003
- July 23, 2003
- July 26, 2003
- August 31, 2003
- Sept. 6, 2003
- October 4, 2003
- October 11, 2003
- October 18, 2003
- November 1, 2003
- December 14, 2003
- December 13, 2003

Hot Mikado - June 15, 2003
Marriott Lincolnshire

Miss Saigon - June 21, 2003
Magnum’s

Pride of Oregon Cruise - July 12, 2003
on board

Jesus Christ Superstar - July 19, 2003
Quilted Bear

Toronto - August 3, 2003

Mama Mia - August 23, 2003
Magnum’s

Edelweiss Cruise and Cedarburg - 9/3/03

Celebration on Ice - November 14, 2003
Drury Lane Evergreen Park Martinique

The Producers - October 25 and November 15, 2003
Prairie - Hyatt on Printers Row

Showboat - November 9, 2003
King’s Wharf

New York - Nov. 26 to 30, 2003

Annie Get Your Gun - February 1, 2004
King’s Wharf

Oliver - February 7, 2004
Shaw’s Schaumburg

Hairspray - February 14, 2004
Shaw's Schaumburg

Thoroughly Modern Millie - Feb. 29, 2004
Riva’s Navy Pier

West Side Story - March 21, 2004
Marriott Lincolnshire

Phantom of the Opera - March 28, 2004
Buca De Beppo

Anything Goes - May 23, 2004
Third Street Pier

Chicago Botanic Gardens - Glencoe IL - June 26, 2004

Odyssey Luncheon Cruise and a Day in Chicago - July 10, 2004

New York in Summer - July 21 to 25, 2004

Egypt Exhibit - Milwaukee Public Museum - August 7, 2004

The King and I - Chicago Auditorium Theatre - August 14, 2004
Country Squire - Grayslake

Ain’t Misbehavin’ - August 15, 2004
Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre

Minneapolis this summer! - August 26 to 29, 2004

The Odd Couple - Milwaukee Vogel Theatre - August 21, 2004
Turner Restaurant

Chicago - Milwaukee Marcus Center - September 4, 2004
Pfister Hotel

Menopause, the Musical - Chicago Apollo Theatre - Sept. 12 and 19, 2004
Cafe la Cave

Sunset Blvd.- September 26, 2004
Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre

Chicago Architecture Cruise - October 2, 2004
Hyatt Regency

Ten Chimneys - - October 9, 2004
Fork in the Road Pub

Of Thee I Sing - October 17, 2004
Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook brunch

Menopause, the Musical - October 24 and November 7, 2004
Cafe la Cave

Evita - Chicago Auditorium Theatre - November 20, 2004
Scoozi

Beauty and the Beast - December 5, 2004
Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre

Les Miserables - Milwaukee Marcus Center - January 8, 2005
Karl Ratsch’s

All Shook Up - Chicago Palace Theatre - January 22, 2005
Costas on Halsted

Menopause, the Musical - February 20, 2005
Cafe la Cave

Wicked - June 4, 2005
Petterino’s

The Mikado - Skylight Opera - June 12, 2005
Giovanni's

Lion King - Chicago Palace Theatre - July 30, 2005
Barn of Barrington

Pearls Exhibit - April 30, 2005
Milwaukee Museum

Jackie Kennedy Exhibit - April 16, 2005
Chicago Field Museum - Marshall Field’s Walnut Room

Menopause the Musical - March 20, 2005
Cafe la Cave

New York at Thanksgiving - November 23 to 27, 2005

A Funny Thing - September 11, 2005
Marriott Lincolnshire

Brigadoon - June 26, 2005
Marriott Lincolnshire

Swing - April 24, 2005
Marriott Lincolnshire

Sweet Charity - March 5, 2005
312 Restaurant

Hawaii - August 13 to 21, 2005

The Producers - May 8, 2005
Madison Concourse Hotel

Chicago Botanic Gardens - July 9, 2005

Menopause the Musical - July 17, 2005
Cafe la Cave

Wicked - September 24 and October 15, 2005
Harry Caray’s Restaurant

Little Women - January 28, 2006
LaLuce

Pompeii Exhibit - Feb. 11, 2006
Field’s Walnut Room

Man of La Mancha - June 11, 2006
Packing House

Best of Broadway Lloyd Webber - Feb. 25, 2006
Jason’s Steakhouse

Wicked - Feb. 18, March 18, June 3, 2006
Petterino’s

Joseph and the Dreamcoat - Overture Madison - April 12, 2006
White Horse Inn

New York Summer - June 21 to 25, 2006

Ruthless - July 22, 2006
Pheasant Run Resort

25th Annual Spelling Bee - July 15, 2006
food on own - Drury Lane Water Tower Place

Spamalot - April 23, May 13, May 21, 2006
Costas on Halsted

Into the Woods - November 12, 2006
Marriott's

Wicked - August 5 and September 23, 2006
Petterino's

Minneapolis September 28 to October 1, 2006
Singing in the Rain - Chanhassen
Church Basement Ladies - Green Mill
Guthrie Lost in Yonkers - WIndows on MN

The Pirate Queen
October 21, November 4, November 18, 2006
Rosewood Banquets

Chita Rivera - A Dancer’s Life - May 26, 2007
Marcus Center - Coast Restaurant

The Color Purple - Palace Chicago
June 9 and August 19, 2007
Tucci Benucch

London England - March 24 to 31, 2007

Wicked - January 6, 2007
Petterino’s

Evening With Garisson Keillor - Nov. 8, 2006
Paramount Aurora & Jason’s at Gray’s Mill

The Three Musketeers - Chicago Shakespeare- Feb. 17, 2007
Scoozi

Smokey Joe’s Cafe - March 18, 2007
Skylight Opera - Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro

Legends - Feb. 24, 2007
LaSalle Bank Theatre - Russian Tea Time

Joffrey Ballet - Feb. 18, 2007
Auditorium Theatre - Antico Posto

Broadway DInner Theatre - March 10, 2007
Wisconsin Dells

Something’s Afoot - April 15, 2007
Drury Lane - Oakbrook

Wicked - June 2, August 11, and September 8, 2007
Petterino's

Toronto area tour - June 17 to 25, 2007

Jersey Boys - October 6 and 27, 2007 and January 8, 2008
LaSalle Bank Theatre - Entourage Schaumburg

New York Thanksgiving - Nov. 21 to 25, 2007

Joffrey Nutcracker - December 15, 2007
shopping at Water Tower with lunch

Behind the Scenes in Chicago - Aug. 22, 2007
Culinary Institute

Jersey Boys - February 16 and March 15, 2008
LaSalle Bank Theatre - Entourage Schaumburg

Phantom of the Opera - November 3, 2007 - Palace
Stonegate - Hoffman Estates

Lion King - Feb. 23, 2008 - Marcus Center
Quilted Bear

Souvenir - March 30, 2008 - Skylight Theatre
Mimma’s

Drood - April 6, 2008 - Pheasant Run
18 North Restaurant - St. Charles

Spitfire Grill - Sunday June 8, 2008 - Skylight Theatre
Maders

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Dirty Dancing - October 4, 2008 - Palace
Grazie

All Shook Up - Nov. 8, 2008 - Marriott
King Wharf

Mame - December 7, 2008
Drury Lane Oakbrook

Dirty Dancing - Palace - January 10, 2009
Grazie

Mary Poppins - Palace - March 28, 2009
Stonegate

Mary Poppins - Palace - April 4, 2009
Rosewood

Mary Poppins - Palace - April 25, 2009
Stonegate

Mary Poppins - Palace - May 16, 2009
Stonegate

Minneapolis May 6 to 9, 2009
Church Basement Ladies - Plymouth Playhouse
Legally Blonde -Ordway - St. Paul Hotel
Caroline or Change - Guthrie - Marquette
Seven Brides - Chanhassen

Pirates - June 14. 2009 - Skylight Milwaukee
Mimma's -

Phantom - August 15, 2009 - Marcus Center
Hotel Intercontinental

Addams Family - Sat. Nov. 21, 2009 - Oriental
Petterino’s

Nutcracker at the Auditorium Theatre - December 12, 2009
Costa’s restaurant

   
   

 

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