Entering yet another exciting summer, Suffolk Theater has become the jewel of Riverhead, presenting a diverse lineup of programming and steady stream of events. This circa-1933 Art Deco theater, restored to its beautiful original state, is also the only dinner theater space on Long Island, with a full menu and bar with local wines. Suffolk Theater has become a yearround attraction in the community, and raises money for charity with events such as SantaCon and March of the Leprechauns.
Memorial Day weekend kicks off when comedian Bobcat Goldthwait hits Suffolk Theater on Friday, May 22, at 8 p.m. The funnyman is known for appearing in movies like Scrooged, Shakes the Clown and several HBO and Showtime specials. Fans of Goldthwait know his edgy humor, so leave the kiddies at home for this 18-and-over night of comedy.
Dance the night away with That ’70s Band on Saturday, May 23, at 8 p.m. in a groovy disco night. That ’70s Band and DJ Rusty will be rocking and the dance floor will be open.
The Lords of 52nd Street, featuring the legends of the Billy Joel Band, will perform the Piano Man’s iconic work on Friday, May 29, at 8 p.m. This special show features Liberty Devitto, Russell Javors, Richie Cannata and special guest Michael Sackler-Berner. The Lords of 52nd Street won the 2014 Long Island Music Hall of Fame Award, so don’t miss them!
On Saturday, May 30, check out Simply Diamond, the Neil Diamond tribute band. Lead singer Brian Le Blanc has toured across the country and abroad singing Diamond’s most famous hits. Celebrate summer on Saturday, June 13, with Good Vibrations: A Tribute to The Beach Boys. Lead singer Eddy Michaels heads up this harmonious and fun evening. On Friday, June 19, the Long Island Gay Men’s Chorus will perform Out! The Musical.
On Friday, July 10, check out ’60s American rock legends The Lovin’ Spoonful. These Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have a deep Long Island connection and are known for “Summer in the City,” “Do You Believe in Magic” and “Daydream.” Their harmonies are just as intricate and sharp as ever. Fun fact: The final cut on the Spoonful’s 1966 album Daydream is an instrumental piece called “Big Noise From Speonk.” Fans of The Lovin’ Spoonful should check out bassist and singer Steve Boone’s memoir Hotter Than a Match Head, which Dan’s Papers called “a gripping read.”
On Saturday, July 11, at 8 p.m., World Party performs. A classic rock band with hits like “Put the Message in the Box,” “(I’m) Way Down Now” and “Ship of Fools,” World Party has been compared to the Beatles, the Byrds and more. Friday, July 17, marks the return of the 18-piece New Millennium Big Band for an evening of Wine and Swing. Featuring Frank Sinatra classics anyone can dance to, this is not to be missed.
Doors open 90 minutes before performances for patrons to enjoy the restaurant. Suffolk Theater is located at 118 East Main Street, Riverhead. For more info, suffolktheater.com or 631-727-4343.