TIL DIVORCE DO US PART: THE MUSICAL to Give Valentine's Presents to Its Entire Audience, 2/14

TIL DIVORCE DO US PART: THE MUSICAL, which begins previews on Friday, February 7th will be giving Valentine's presents to the entire audience on Friday, February 14th at the DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street- in Union Square). The producers of the show felt that everyone deserves to feel loved and appreciated. After all, the musical comedy is based on the real-life story of a woman who wrote this show while going through her own divorce from a Broadway producer, who left her for a much younger woman. For tickets call (212) 239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.

TIL DIVORCE DO US PART: THE MUSICAL will play an open-ended Off-Broadway engagement and opens on Tuesday, February 18th. Mark Waldrop is the director with concept, lyrics and choreography by Ruthe Ponturo and music by John Thomas Fischer. Til Divorce Do Us Part: The Musical is presented by Rosemary Kalikow, Leslie Simpson, 3 Cats Productions and Dean A.Carpenter.

TIL DIVORCE DO US PART: THE MUSICAL is inspired by the true story of a Broadway producer's wife who was unceremoniously dumped by her husband after decades of marriage. Determined to celebrate a new chapter in her life, Ponturo's character turns to her wickedly witty friends, who together sing, dance and laugh their way through the ripple effects of divorce and self-discovery in this musical comedy revue.

Featured in the cast are: John Thomas Fischer, Martin Landry, Erin Maguire, Dana Wilson and Gretchen Wylder.

After many years of wedded bliss, Ruthe Ponturo had her life turned upside down when her devoted husband announced he was leaving her for a younger woman. Suddenly single, Ms. Ponturo was determined not to let divorce ruin her life. Despite an experience that would cause heartbreak for most women, she was able to find humor in what would otherwise be a devastating state of affairs. She found solace in the comical side of divorce and it's aftermath by creating Til Divorce Do Us Part: The Musical and collaborating with composer and musical director John Thomas Fischer. Ms. Ponturo channeled her frustration and observations into her lyrics while actually going through the divorce process. The creative duo spent a great deal of time talking with scores of divorced women and incorporated those experiences into in this musical. An earlier incarnation of the musical played 8 sold-out showcase performances at the Triad last year.

MARK WALDROP directed Bette Midler's Divine Miss Millennium tour. On Broadway he directed Bea Arthur, Just Between Friends (Tony Award nomination, Special Theatrical Event.) Off-Broadway credits include: Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly (Drama Desk Award, Outer Critic's Circle Award, OBIE); Newsical; Game Show; Pete 'n' Keely; Listen to My Heart; Inventing Avi; My Deah; and Capitol Steps. Additional credits include Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 (City Center Encores) and Hey, Love! The Songs of Mary Rodgers, starring Faith Prince (Rainbow & Stars.) Regionally, he directed Into the Woods (Seattle's 5th Avenue); Souvenir (Greenville, SC Centre Stage); and Russian on the Side (Chicago's Royal George.) He directed the Paper Mill Playhouse productions of Gypsy (starring Betty Buckley), Little Shop, Romeo & Bernadette, and A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum. Additional credits include Joseph... and Damn Yankees (St. Louis MUNY); Annie (Houston's Theater Under the Stars); and The King and I, Cinderella, Annie, Sound of Music, Little Shop (Maryland's Olney Theater). Mr. Waldrop has also directed concert and cabaret appearances for Sutton Foster, Brooke Shields, Edward Hibbert, and many other Broadway performers.

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