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The CIA And Half Moon Theatre Offers Performing Arts And Culinary Arts In The College’s New Marriot Pavilion

October 25, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

The Culinary Institute of America and Half Moon Theatre, the Hudson Valley’s leading year-round professional theatre company, are partnering to bring New York-style theatrical performances to the Hyde Park campus of the world’s premier culinary college.

hires_HalfMoonTheatreVisitors can enjoy a meal at the CIA’s renowned Bocuse Restaurant, American Bounty or Ristorante Caterina d’Medici  followed by a Half Moon Theatre performance at the new 800-seat, state-of-the-art Ecolab Auditorium in the Marriott Pavilion.

The CIA will offer a special pre-show, three-course, prix fixe menu prior to each performance, for $39 per person. As many of the productions will feature food themes, the CIA’s chefs will create unique menus for specific performances, giving diners an enhanced overall experience.

Now entering its eighth season, Half Moon Theatre (HMT) is a Hudson Valley-based company of local actors, directors, playwrights, designers, and producers, who have also worked extensively in New York, Los Angeles, and at regional theaters around the country. HMT has produced world premiere plays, Broadway hits, an original children’s opera, and an annual 10 Minute Play Festival.

“We are excited to welcome Half Moon to provide dynamic music, theatre and top notch entertainment —suitable for all ages—which we hope will enrich campus life at the CIA as well as enhance a popular attraction for local residents and visitors to the Hudson Valley,” said Dr. Tim Ryan, President of The Culinary Institute of America.

Molly Katz, executive director of HMT, added, “Nowhere else could we find a magnificent venue that provides an exceptional culinary experience coupled, Broadway-caliber talent, and a spectacular view of the Hudson River. We are excited about the myriad of creative possibilities that this collaboration will spark.”

Half Moon Theatre’s season at the CIA will kick-off with the Inaugural Benefit Gala on October 25, 2014. The Gala features Tony Award-winning actress Cady Huffman, who will perform her show And She Can Cook Too!, which debuted at Broadway cabaret hotspot 54 Below in New York City. Cady is best known for originating the role of Ulla in The Producers opposite Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane. She was also a judge on Iron Chef America for 10 years. Cady’s duel passions for food and theater make her the ideal guest performer to headline Half Moon Theatre’s new partnership with The Culinary Institute of America.

Half Moon Theatre will continue the season in The Marriott Pavilion with the following exciting productions:

The World Goes Round, a musical revue of Kander and Ebb’s greatest Broadway hits. It’s A Wonderful Life, the 1946 live radio play that is a holiday show perfect for the entire family. Fully Committed, a hilarious one man comedy about the “behind the scenes” drama at Manhattan’s top restaurant.

Tickets are $35–$45 and are available at or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

To make reservations for lunch or dinner at The Culinary Institute of America please visit or call 845-471-6608.

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