Entertainment & the Arts | Old Musical Gets A Makeover -- `Angry Housewives' Is Back | Seattle Times Newspaper
"Angry Housewives" by Chad Henry and A. M. Collins. Directed by Stephen Terrell. Tacoma Actors Guild, 915 Broadway, Tacoma. Tuesdays-Sundays through May 12; 272-2145. -----------------------------------------------------------------
They put it out to pasture, but Puget Sound's penultimate cash cow moo-sical is once again being milked for all it's worth, this time at Tacoma Actors Guild. Yes, "Angry Housewives" has returned!
The quirky comic fable of punk hausfraus Carol, Bev, Wendy and Jetta broke local records in the mid-'80s with a seven-year ensconcement at the Pioneer Square Theatre. A favorite pit stop for tourists and visiting out-of-town relatives, it also became a resume rite of passage for many Seattle stage performers.
Since then, "Housewives" enjoyed international success, playing in New York, London, Tokyo and elsewhere. Now, Tacoma Actors Guild has assembled a team of home-grown talents - authors Chad Henry and A. M. Collins, musical director Vernon Larson and the ubiquitous wunderkind director-choreographer, Stephen Terrell - for a fantastic and fun revival.
The cast comprises of a Who's Who of Seattle's musical comedy pantheon, many of whom cut their teeth on the first run of "Housewives": Kala Kaminsky, Laura Kenny, David Koch, Liz McCarthy, Jerry McGarrity, Jayne Muirhead and David Silverman.
The one newcomer is Gabe McPherson, a Tacoma high-school student
who holds his own with the veterans, displaying comedic flair and precocious singing.
His portrayal of surly punk rocker Tim is one of many fresh aspects in Terrell's innovative staging. Considerably more elaborate than previous versions, this lavish production boasts Bill Forrester's ingenious set pieces and show-stopping costumes by Karen A. Ledger.
Other changes include several new songs, such as "Think Pink," a rousing number for Muirhead's frustrated single mom, Bev, whose financial plight sets the plot in motion, and "No One Loves Me," a hammy solo for Koch, who plays Jetta's anal-retentive husband, formerly just a voice off-stage.
Happily, favorite moments in composer Henry's vibrant score remain intact, and everyone in the airtight ensemble gets to shine: McCarthy's plaintive "Not At Home," Kenny's electric "Generic Woman," Silverman and McGarrity's soft-shoe "Betsy Moberley," and the Housewives' punk anthem, which has a title that can't be printed in a family newspaper.
Above all, however, these are gifted actors, especially the women, and it's their endless supply of warmth that makes "Angry Housewives" resonate long after the laughter has subsided and the toes have stopped tapping.
From Cincinnati (CinStages.com) in 2009
Press Release: New Edgecliff Presents Regional Premiere of Angry Housewives
A.M Collins/Chad Henry Musical Satire
Now in its eleventh season, New Edgecliff Theatre (NET) is about to produce its first bona fide musical ever, and it's doing it with a bang, bringing to Cincinnati the regional premiere of A.M. Collins' and Chad Henry's Angry Housewives.
Angry Housewives is a musical about disgruntled suburban wives who band together to form a punk rock group. The show premiered at the Pioneer Square Theatre in Seattle for what was planned to be a five-week run and ran through most of the 1980s. Funny and feverishly entertaining, this musical puts a satirical twist on 1980s feminism with numbers like Man from Glad and Eat Your F--kin' Corn-flakes!
Bored with their everyday lives and kept in insignificance by their boyfriends/husbands, these are four angry women. They try a number of outlets, including makeup parties, but nothing suits until one of them strikes a chord on her guitar and suggests that they form a punk rock group to enter the upcoming talent show at the neighborhood punk club. They form "The Angry Housewives," and change the face of punk forever.
A.M. (Anna Marie) Collins wrote the dialogue and lyrics with additional lyrics and music by Chad Henry. Three different Disney affiliates at one time or another have optioned the script for movie treatments. Henry has been associated with the Denver Center Theatre Company as an actor and in new-play development, and is the author of nearly 20 plays and musicals. But it's Angry Housewives, which he wrote with A.M. Collins in 1983, that tops his list of hits. The production opened Off-Broadway in 1986 and has had a healthy run in regional theater.
Directed by NET Associate Artistic Director Nathan Gabriel with musical direction by Brian Hoffman, choreography by Kim Popa, costumes by Caren Young, sets by Melissa Bennett and lights by Glen Goodwin. Featuring Aretta Baumgartner, Molly Binder, Kate Glasheen, Angela Nalley, Mike Hall, Sean Parker, Joshua Steele and Ty Yadzinski.
At the Columbia Performance Center, 3900 Eastern Avenue, Columbia Tusculum. Around the corner from Tostado's, Allyn’s, Bella Luna and the Precinct.
April 16 – May 2, Thur – Sat 7:30pm. Pay-What-You-Can preview Wed, April 15, 7:30pm. Tickets: $20, Adult -- $15, Senior -- $12, Students. Available online at New Edgecliff Theatre
. To reserve tickets or for more information, call 888-588-0137.