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Hats! Goes on 3-Month Hiatus for New Orleans Production

The world premiere production of Hats!, currently a hit in its world premiere at the New Denver Civic Center, will go on hiatus for a few months.  During that time, a production of the musical will be staged in New Orleans.

Hats! will play its last performance of the year on December 31st, and reopen in Denver on March 16th, 2007.  Hats!, which opened in CO on October 11th, will play its first performance at Harrah's New Orleans Casino on January 25th.

According to press notes, Hats! is "an original musical about a 49.999 year old woman who reluctantly faces the inevitable big five-O birthday until she meets several remarkable Red Hat Society women who show her about fun and friendship after 50." Leslie Alexander (The Boy From Oz, Mamma Mia!), Miche Braden, />Joy Franz (Pippin, Sunday in the Park With George, Into the Woods), />Nora Mae Lyng (Les Miserables, Cabaret), Tony nominee Pamela Meyers (Company, Into the Woods), />Teri Ralston (A Little Night Music, Company) and />Cheryl Stern (The Women) star in the show.

Directed by Tony Award nominee Lynne Taylor-Corbett (Swing!), Hats! features a score of original songs from a handful of artists, including two-time Tony Award winner />Doug Besterman, Tony nominated lyricist />Susan Birkenhead (Jelly's Last Jam, Working), Michele Brourman, Pat Bunch, />Gretchen Cryer (I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road) , Anthony Dodge, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, />Beth Falcone, />David Friedman, />Kathie Lee Gifford, Tony-nominated composer-lyricist />Carol Hall (Best Little Whorehouse In Texas), Tony-nominated composer Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), Stephen Lawrence, Grammy Award-winner />Melissa Manchester, Golden Globe-winner />Amanda McBroom, Grammy Award-winner />Pam Tillis and Sharon Vaughn.

"The Red Hat Society is a self-proclaimed dis-organization for women over 50 from all walks of life who come together for one reason: to have fun. Since its creation in 1998, The Red Hat Society has created a worldwide sisterhood by forming more than 40,000 chapters across all 50 states, and in 30 countries, including Canada, Australia, Mexico, and as far as Japan and Egypt."

Tickets are available at the DCT box office, 303-309-3773, or at

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