Broadway Onstage to Present FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS, 7/19-8/17

The 20th Season of Broadway Onstage Live Theatre and the 33rd, and final, season of Dennis Wickline Productions opens on Friday, July 19 with the Alan Ball Comedy FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS. The production will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Select Sundays at 2pm through Saturday, August 17.

Select Sunday Matinees are only performed at Broadway Onstage when a prearranged group of 30 or more is scheduled to attend. Broadway Onstage Live Theatre is located at 21517 Kelly Rd. at Toepfer (8 ½ Mile Rd.) in Eastpointe. The theatre is the home of the patented TeeVeeStage Presentation system, which employs cameras above the audience and monitors above the stage to provide audience members with different viewing perspectives of the live stage performance. Broadway Onstage Live Theatre is also the home of Dennis Wickline Productions, Inc., which began producing Non-Equity professional live theatre on the Eastside of Detroit in February of 1980.

Before the movie BRIDESMAIDS, Alan Ball (SIX FEET UNDER, AMERICAN BEAUTY) had created the comedy FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS. The story occurs during an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville,Tennessee estate where five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. They are Frances, a painfully sweet but sheltered fundamentalist; Mindy, the cheerful, wise-cracking lesbian sister of the groom; Georgeanne, whose heartbreak over her own failed marriage triggers outrageous behavior; Meredith, the bride's younger sister whose precocious rebelliousness masks a dark secret; and Trisha, a jaded beauty whose die-hard cynicism about men is called into question when she meets Tripp, a charming bad-boy usher to whom there is more than meets the eye. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women's spirit. This production does contain some adult language.

FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS at Broadway Onstage has a cast of five uniquely talented women, each bringing life to their fascinating and funny characters. Taking on the role of Meredith, the sister of the bride, is Lauren Fuller. Ms. Fuller was seen in MURDER ME, MURDER ME, MY DARLING, MY DARLING! two seasons ago at Broadway Onstage and was recently seen at the Box Theatre in I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE. Portraying Frances is Stella Rothe. Ms. Rothe has been seen many times at Broadway Onstage, most recently as Rosemary in the musical comedy TAPDANCE! Broadway Onstage favorites Sharron Nelson and Elizabeth Rager appear as Trisha and Mindy, respectively and Miranda Tully completes the cast of bridesmaids as Georgeanne. Ms. Tully was last seen at Broadway Onstage as Lisa Toto in the Catholic school comedy MOTHER SUPERIOR'S HABITS. CharLes Davis, Bob in last season's HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES at the Eastpointe Theatre, will be seen as Tripp Davenport. The Production is under the direction of Dennis Wickline, Producer of all shows at Broadway Onstage and Stage Manager for the production is John Arden McClure.

Tickets for Opening Night, Friday, July 19 are $15. Tickets for all other performances are $18. Again, Broadway Onstage is located at 21517 Kelly Rd. at Toepfer (8 1/2 Mile Rd.) in Eastpointe, Michigan. Ticket Reservations are strongly recommended by calling (586) 771-6333.

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