Italian themed dinner theater Al Capone’s circa Chicago 1930

Travel Tips: Be part of the show for more interaction

Capone Street Sign Photographer Eileen LudwigCapone Street Sign Photographer Eileen Ludwig

Surprisingly impressed with this buffet dinner show theater because immediately at the door one is immersed in the Gangster slang of Chicago 1930′s where the worker plays a part whether wait person, bartender, or door greeter.Laughter pops out easily when the door person is in character as they greet you and direct you where to go next. Each person adds to your experience.

Capone Building outside Photographer Eileen LudwigCapone Building outside Photographer Eileen Ludwig

Walking in and finding characters immediately and as you are finally seated from the upstairs bar the wait persons interact with you and each other in Gangster slang. Long tables of strangers who become your dinner mates. Your seats are assigned but you go to the buffet in the order in which you arrived into the upstairs bar and not by where you are seated.


Unlimited Buffet has a little bit of everything. The salad was good, tomatoes are buried, check for them. Lasagna was good. Turkey is nice but no turkey gravy. The roast beef looked very well done. Vegetables. Pasta. Garlic stick bread. More than enough for everyone no matter where you are in line. The ice cream dessert comes later. Drinks like soda, tea, coffee, iced tea, beer draft, 14 selections, and a rum concoction are part of the price.

Food picture courtesy of Capone Dinner and ShowFood picture courtesy of Capone Dinner and Show

Other Character shows or attractions

Not the first show where the wait people were part of the show. Not the first character based show. Ever been to the Astor house in Newport Rhode Island. It is great to be shown the house and property while the people are in character. Wearing sandals, what happen to the rest of the leather? If you get a chance to do this, it is fun. Some actors are more able to improvise than others.

Tina and Tony Wedding where you are the wedding guest and every stereo type actor interacts with you as a guest to the buffet dinner. Bride and Groom, drunk uncle, and the overbearing mother-in-law. Did this in NYC off Broadway with tickets from TKTS (discount day of Broadway tickets at Times Square) and definitely worth going to if it is being done near you.

Al’s Secret Hideaway

Upstairs bar for early arrivals for early seating. Your ticket is already assigned seating. Must buy a drink. If you get here with less than half hour to the show, don’t bother because you will be seated 15 minutes before the show. The soda with the label Capone is overpriced at $4 but you can get beer or wine for less or even regular soda. Ask the price and don’t be surprised like I was. This upstairs hideaway is best with a group. There is merchandise up here or more of a selection downstairs. Hats, t-shirts and a variety of other items for mobsters, dames, and prohibition. Lots of fun items for remembrance or future dress up.

Al Secret Hideaway Bar Photographer Eileen LudwigAl Secret Hideaway Bar Photographer Eileen Ludwig

Get your mug shot taken upon entering where at the end you are presented with a newspaper, key chain and other items for an individual price or get the whole thing. If you dress the part, this might be more valuable. The newspapers looked very authentic.

The show

Signing, dancing and a story line with outfits of the time with a lot of one liners in Gangster slang bring laughter throughout the show and while you finish your dinner. Sorry I did not really pay attention to the story line but enjoyed instead each of the individual parts. Jewels Al’s girlfriend is the hostess. We have gangsters Fingers and Buggsy Moran. Honey and Sunny sisters of Jewels portray somewhat the dizzy  blonde stereotype. The antics of the characters and the faux story are quite interesting for laughter, lots of laughter.

Capone cast during show Photographer Eileen LudwigCapone cast during show Photographer Eileen Ludwig

Picking on some young children was both humorous and in good taste bringing peals of laughter from their table and the rest of us. Sorry no details or it would spoil the show. Need to whet your appetite for the show without spoiling your sense of surprised.

Courtesy of Capone Cast membersCourtesy of Capone Cast members

Capone's Dinner & Show on UrbanspoonIf you like humor, Italian  gangster slang humor, period sensitive time humor, and just jovial fun for an evening including a show, food, and drinks, this is for you. Discounts online. Find discounts. Easily should be able to find group or 50% off discounts.

This was fun and I would go again just for the laughter. Be part of a gangster family for a night.

Full disclosure: The following provided Media Familiarization  tickets Capone’s Dinner & Show and Thank you  Kissimmee Convention & Visitors Bureau for help and the opportunity to be Guest Blogger on their site , but as always, I will share my honest opinion about my travel experiences.


Eileen Lud­wig, travel writer of  Free­lance Tourist brings to the world insights about places to travel, dis­counts, Stay­ca­tions, Restau­rant Reviews, movie reviews, and fas­ci­nat­ing tibits. She is owner of three other sites: Pho­tog­ra­phy, Web Design School, and Social Media School Each are in dif­fer­ent stages of devel­op­ment and evolution.

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