When the musical "Irene" opened on Broadway in 1919, Pultneyville's Gates Hall was already well over half a century old. Now, almost a century after its premiere, "Irene" is coming to Gates Hall this weekend in a rare production by the Hall's resident company, the Gatesingers. A nationwide hit in the 1920's and revived on Broadway in the 1970's with Debbie Reynolds, the show tells the familiar story of a poor but plucky Irish girl who fulfills her dream of owning a piano store (and also manages to land a wealthy husband), and includes still-remembered songs like "Alice Blue Gown," "They Go Wild, Simply Wild, Over Me," "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows," and "You Made Me Love You." Gates Hall is about a 35-minute drive from Rochester, and both the historic venue (the oldest continuously-in-use community theater in the country) and the productions are well worth the trip.
Pultneyville Gatesingers present "Irene" on Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m., and April 24 and April 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Gates Hall, 4107 Lake Road, Pultneyville. $10-$12. 315-589-3326; gateshall.com.