An expanded Townsquare Backstage will open its doors once again Nov. 18 after being closed since early this summer.

The new owners of the dinner theater/cabaret have enlarged the stage, beefed up seating to 150 and installed a new theater lighting and sound system, said Duke Major, one of the four owners and production manager of the Backstage.Major and his staff celebrated the reopening Monday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony with city officials.

"We are glad to see you are here," Mayor Joe Jenkins said. "We've been working to do some things downtown with the arts, and this will tie right into it. There is a lot of talent around."

The Backstage will feature a Jazz atmosphere with entertainment to fit into the 1930 and 1940 era.

The first dinner theater at the Backstage will be the "Plane Maker" starring Marvin Payne. In January "The Fantastiks" will be on stage and in February "I Do, I Do."

Major said they also have plans to use the outdoor patio next spring for the production of "West Side Story."

The dinner theater will be Fridays and Saturdays starting at 7 p.m. The cabaret's Comedy Night will be every Thursday.

The Backstage is open for regular business from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. during the week and from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends.