Broadway star and TV personality John O’Hurley to appear on opening night

Footlighters Theatre, the oldest community theatre on the Main Line, will present a six-show run of the family musical, The Perfect Dog, this month in Berwyn.

Dates for the family-friendly show are:

  • Thursday, Nov. 14 (7:30 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Nov. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
  • Sunday, Nov. 17 (2:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, Nov. 22 (7:30 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Nov. 23 (7:30 p.m.)
  • Sunday, Nov. 24 (2:00 p.m.)

Cost for admission is $18 for adults and $12 for children 12 years and under. Opening night tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children. Tickets are available at the door and online via https://www.footlighterstheater.com. Proceeds will support the maintenance of the historic 19th C venue.

The Perfect Dog was adapted from the book of the same name by John O’Hurley, the author and television personality who hosts the Philadelphia-based National Dog Show Presented by Purina, which airs each year as a Thanksgiving Day special on NBC.

O’Hurley, best known for his role as catalogue king J. Peterman on Seinfeld, will attend the Thursday, November 14, showing of The Perfect Dog and do a talk-back with the audience following the closing songs. O’Hurley has appeared on Broadway in a host of different roles, most prominently as Billy Flynn in the iconic musical Chicago.


John O’Hurley reads from the book version of The Perfect Dog.

In the play, Sam, a 12 year-old perfectionist, must resort to training Max, the not-so-obedient family dog for the “Town Dog Contest.” In the end, Sam and Max learn that there is no such thing as perfect, but there is such a thing as perfect for each other.

Music for the performance is by David Abbinanti (Ghost, Saturday Night Fever, Ring of Fire) and the script is by Jill Abbinanti (Law & Order, CSI-SVU, Pan-Am).

The shows are part of National Dog Show Month in Philadelphia, which started with The National Dog Show Charity Walk on Oct. 13 at Wilson Farm Park. National Dog Show Month activities continue with The National Dog Show Gala on Nov. 15 at Valley Forge Casino. It all culminates with the Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show Saturday and Sunday November 16 and 17 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks.

Media Contacts: Steve Griffith 484-433-7757, sgriffith@viziongroup.net.
and Sue Scott, Footlighters Theater 4840802-4505 / sue.ryder.scott@gmail.com


Footlighters Theater is located at 58 Main Avenue in Berwyn, PA 19312, just two blocks from the Berwyn Train station (Paoli/Thorndale line). On-street parking is available and patrons also have access to the church parking lot across the street. Many wonderful dining options are available within walking distance of the theater for pre- or post-show enjoyment.

For more information, call (610) 296-9245 or visit www.footlighterstheater.com.

Footlighters Theatre is the Main Line’s oldest community theater providing premier theater arts productions for the region. We produce a six show season of plays including two musicals in an intimate 110-seat historical converted church that dates back to 1888. We are committed to both producing outstanding productions and the education of our community in the theatrical arts. We are a 501c3 non-profit entity and welcome individual donations and corporate partnerships by those persons and companies that wish to promote arts in our community. Founded in 1929, we are currently celebrating our 90th season.  Tickets for review purposes available upon request.

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