Broadway musical comedy First Date, capturing the world of dating in its perfectly awkward splendour, is making its Toowomba debut at the Empire Theatre this February.

The story follows a couple, Casey and Aaron, as they go on a blind date together in a New York City restaurant. Casey is the ‘serial dater’ who can never seem to find ‘the one’, while Aaron has recently been dumped from a long-term relationship.

The ensemble consists of five performers who take on multiple roles throughout the show, from best friends, ex-fiancés, waiters, assorted relatives, to the human embodiments of Facebook, Google, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube.

First Date is produced and directed by Shoebox Theatre Company‘s Mary Quade, Simon Duncan and Helen Richards, and includes a case of Toowoomba locals.

Ms Quade said First Date was sure to be an entertaining and hilarious night out for couples, friends – and even those venturing on a first date together.

“The great thing about musical theatre is that it can break through those awkward and nerve-wracking topics and experiences, such as first dates, and show them in an easily accessible, humorous light,” she said.

“Taking a comedic approach to something everyone can relate to has proven to be entertaining, but also very useful in being able to make a sometimes awkward, anxious or awful experience much more bearable.

First Date is aimed at anyone old enough to go on a date and enjoy all the innuendo that can come out of meeting someone for the first time.”

Simon Duncan said the show was not just for musical theatre lovers.

First Date has very modern music as it was written in 2012 for a highly acclaimed Broadway production and is set in real time,” Mr Duncan said.

“The songs are catchy and seem almost familiar upon hearing them for the first time, making it very easy to relax and enjoy what is happening, and the dialogue is quick-witted and clever, making great use of the differing characters and causing some truly hilarious interaction.”

Theatre-goers will also had the option to purchase tickets for a couple’s table, to enjoy sparkling wine, cheese and chocolate during the show.

First Date will play at the Empire Theatres’ Armitage Centre from the 15 to 17 February. Tickets are available from the Empire Theatre Box Office on 1300 655 299 or online.

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