BETTY Returns in New Greif-Directed Musical, July 27-29

News   BETTY Returns in New Greif-Directed Musical, July 27-29 Trollers of the Downtown theatre scene of the late 1980s and early '90s may remember the half-serious, half-tongue-in-cheek, all-female "edgy a capella techno-beat trio," BETTY. The group, formed in 1987 by three very distinct female performers, performed an eclectic variety of music, interspersed with commentary, and graduated to its own monthly cable television show in Manhattan, "BETTY: Off the Record."

Trollers of the Downtown theatre scene of the late 1980s and early '90s may remember the half-serious, half-tongue-in-cheek, all-female "edgy a capella techno-beat trio," BETTY. The group, formed in 1987 by three very distinct female performers, performed an eclectic variety of music, interspersed with commentary, and graduated to its own monthly cable television show in Manhattan, "BETTY: Off the Record."

Little has been seen of BETTY on New York stages of late, but that is about to change. New York Stage and Film at Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY, will present on July 27 and 29 The BETTY Play at the campus' Susan Stein Shiva Theater.

Michael Greif, director of Rent, will stage the new musical.

The show, of course, stars BETTY, which has since evolved into a five piece unit. The musical begins in 1986, at a New Year's Eve party, with the band being booed off stage. The group then proceeds to work out its problems in therapy. The play's nine scene are interspersed with songs.

Tickets are $12. For more information, call the box office at (914) 437-7235 or (914) 437-5599. For a taped message on show times, call the Special Info. Line at (914) 437-7645 or visit the Web site at http://www.vassar.edu/powerhouse/. --By Robert Simonson