‘LOLA’ debuts at Off Broadstreet Friday
Special to The Union
Waiting For “LOLA” will debut on Friday at the intimate cabaret dessert theater in Nevada City.
Take the story of probably the most colorful character of the Nevada County Gold Rush, punctuate that story with knock-out songs from the 1950s through the 1980s, tell this tale with four of the most charismatic and talented performers to ever grace the Off Broadstreet stage, add the fact that these men and women must cleverly disguise the absence of a fifth actress hired to play the title character, and you have the perfect recipe for mayhem madness and music as only Off Broadstreet can deliver it.
Waiting For “LOLA” features the vocal and comedic talents of Sue LeGate, Kris Stepanian, Chris Crockett and Richard Joplin. In the play-with-a-play, LeGate and Stepanian appear primarily as Emma Nevada and Lotta Crabtree respectively. Crockett and Joplin play a variety of characters, including Joplin’s noteworthy rendition of cross-dressing legendary stagecoach driver One-Eyed Charlie Parkhurst. And, of course, each must take a turn at portraying, in disguise, the featured character, Lola Montez.
Waiting For “LOLA” incorporates both popular and rock ‘n’ roll music from the 1950s and ’60s, disco from the 1970s and blockbuster hits from the 1980s in telling the story of Lola Montez. Songs include “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Maneater,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Party Doll,” “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” plus 20 more exciting hits by Sam Cooke, ABBA, Little Eva, Rosemary Clooney, Bette Midler and many others. With fun choreography and costumes, and a dazzling night-club atmosphere to the entire production, the colorful and exciting Waiting For “LOLA” is the perfect antidote for the winter blahs.
“LOLA” is a brand new musical comedy by Off Broadstreet owners John Driscoll and Jan Kopp and came about because of the 100 year anniversary of the Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce. This weekend, in honor of all local chambers, Off Broadstreet is offering free coffee for all chamber members.
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