Playhouse presents 'Jerry's Girls'

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FORT LEE, Va. – “Jerry’s Girls,” a captivating tribute to songwriter Jerry Herman, will be the first production of the Theater Company at Fort Lee’s 2019-2020 season.

The show opens Sept. 6, 8 p.m., at the Lee Theater, with additional performances scheduled each weekend through Sept. 22. All are open to the public. The theater is at 1100 Mahone Ave., next to Burger King.

Herman’s name may not be instantly recognizable but his body of work is certain to ring a few bells. The all-female cast of “Jerry’s Girls” will bring the larger-than-life women from his stage shows to life, including matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi of “Hello, Dolly!,” exuberant Auntie Mame Dennis of “Mame,” the benignly eccentric Countess Aurelia of “Dear World,” screen legend Mabel Normand of “Mack and Mabel,” and the flamboyant ZaZa of “La Cage Aux Follies.” 

This play affectionately celebrates Herman’s special gift for writing songs that capture the true spirit of American musical theatre. It is a reminder of how the masterful composer gave theater-goers some of the most iconic roles, ballads and show-stopping moments ever written for Broadway. His productions have won Tony, Grammy, Olivier and Drama Desk awards, and countless other accolades.

The “Jerry’s Girls” cast includes Playhouse veterans Kamaron Carter, Mandi Davis and Dee D. Miller singing musical theatre favorites “I Am What I Am,” “If He Walked into My Life” and “Before the Parade Passes By,” among other songs. The leading ladies are backed up by a powerhouse ensemble including Suzi Redling, Kristen Warthan, Lauren Wickline and Rebecca Perkinson.

The show is being directed and choreographed by Sarah “Amy” Holland with musical direction by Sherri Matthews. The creative team includes Frank Foster, scenery; Thomas Hammond, costumes; Cindy Warren, lighting; Joe Beaudet, technical director; John Redling, sound design; and Leah White, stage manager.

Jerry’s Girlsperformances are Sep 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m., and Sept. 8, 15 and 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for youths. For reservations, information or to inquire about season passes, call the box office at 804-734-6629.

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