NEW THEATRE PRESENTS
CINDY WILLIAMS Starring in The Original CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES
Inspired by the books of
Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson
written by Jim Stowell & Jessica Zuehlke
music & lyrics by Drew Jansen
Directed by Dennis D. Hennessy
This outrageous musical comedy set box office records at New Theatre & Restaurant and sold out for years in Minneapolis. Why? Well, it’s part Nunsense, part Prairie Home Companion and totally hilarious. The music is toe-tapping, the humor is nonstop and the characters can’t help but remind you of some colorful characters you may have encountered in your own church. From the elderly matriarch of the kitchen to the young bride-to-be learning the proper order of things, we see these ladies handle a record-breaking Christmas dinner, a Hawaiian Easter Fund Raiser, and a steaming hot July wedding. They stave off potential disasters, share and debate recipes, and keep the Pastor on due course while thoroughly enjoying, (and tolerating) each other in a rural Minnesota church. Funny and down to earth, audiences will recognize these ladies as they witness the church year unfold from below the house of God.
THE CHICAGO SUN says “If laughter is the best medicine, this comedy would raise the dead!”
Our production of the original CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES stars New Theatre favorite Cindy Williams. Cindy, of course, starred as Shirley Feeney in the epic ABC sit-com, Laverne and Shirley.
Before her television career rocketed Cindy to stardom, she had developed a very successful feature film career appearing with Maggie Smith in Travels With My Aunt, directed by George Cukor. Next, she co-starred with Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, and Harrison Ford in American Graffiti directed by George Lucas, a low-budget film which went on to become a box office smash and film classic, and which garnered her a British Films nomination for best supporting actress. Following American Graffiti, Williams played a pivotal role in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation, co-starring with Gene Hackman.
A woman of many talents, Williams’ stage credits include the national tour of Death Trap with Elliot Gould, STEEL MAGNOLIAS as Ouiser Boudreaux, and she made her Broadway debut in the role of Mrs. Tottendale in the award-winning musical THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. She was also in the national tour of GREASE.
"Pastor E.L. Gunderson"
- Seating Begins
- Dinner Begins
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