MISS ABIGAIL'S GUIDE... Kicks Off National Tour Tomorrow in Rochester

By: Jan. 19, 2012

On Friday, January 20, 2012, the hit Off-Broadway comedy MISS ABIGAIL'S GUIDE TO DATING, MATING, AND MARRIAGE! kicks off its first national tour at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre in Rochester, NY. 

Variety proclaims MISS ABIGAIL'S GUIDE... is "everything theatergoers love about New York theatre," and now audiences across the U.S. can enjoy the "big laughs" (Associated Press) and "pure fun" (Entertainment Weekly) as Miss Abigail presents "laugh-out-loud lessons on how to stay afloat in a sea of love" (Harper's Bazaar).

The current touring schedule is as follows:

January 20-29

Rochester, NY

   Downstairs Cabaret Theater


   February 3-4

   Ft. Lauderdale, FL

   The Broward Center for the Performing Arts


   February 8-12

   Cleveland, OH

   Playhouse Square Foundation 


   February 16-19

   Milwaukee, WI

   Marcus Center for the Performing Arts


   February 22-26

   Norwell, MA

   The Company Theatre


   March 1-11

   Rochester, NY

   Downstairs Cabaret Theater (Return Engagement!)


   March 20-25

   West Palm Beach, FL

   Raymond F. Kravis Center for Performing Arts


Additional tour dates and cities will be announced shortly.    

Written by Ken Davenport (Altar Boyz, My First Time) and Sarah Saltzberg (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), MISS ABIGAIL'S GUIDE TO DATING, MATING, AND MARRIAGE! is based on Abigail Grotke's popular book - the comedy's namesake - that promises "classic advice for contemporary dilemmas." 

Starring Laurie Birmingham in the title role, Miss Abigail is the most sought-after relationship expert to the stars - think Dr. Ruth meets Emily Post - and in MISS ABIGAIL'S GUIDE..., she and her sexy sidekick Paco (played by Gabriel Gutiérrez) travel the globe teaching her outrageously funny "how-tos" on dating, mating and marriage. 

Davenport directs as Miss Abigail takes you back to a simpler time, before booty calls and speed-dating, back when the divorce rate wasn't 50 percent and Fidelity was more than an investment firm.

During this 90-minute comedy, audiences are guaranteed to laugh-out-loud and learn a thing or two: like how to have a perfect kiss (it's all about lip position)...what you should and should not talk about on a date (don't mention your troll doll collection)...and how to let a man think he wears the pants.  

Now in its second year, the acclaimed Off-Broadway production began preview performances on Thursday, October 7, 2010 and officially opened on Sunday, October 24. The Off-Broadway production currently stars Christine Pedi as Miss Abigail andEddie Gutierrez as Paco. 

For more information on both the Off-Broadway and National Touring productions ofMISS ABIGAIL'S GUIDE..., please visit www.missabigailsguide.com