Cowgirls, the country-western musical, rides into Atlanta's Horizon Theatre Company July 16-Aug. 15, with performances at the 14th Street Playhouse. Soul-stice artistic director Heidi Cline directs. Written by Betsy Howie (Yours, Truly and The Bridal Fit) with music and lyrics by Mary Murfitt (Oil City Symphony), Cowgirls is really about the Coghill Trio, who are mistakenly booked to perform at country-western bar Hiram Hall's grand re-opening when their name is read as the Cowgirls Trio. Unfortunately for the Hall, the Coghill ladies are a classical music group, but they learn quickly how to bridge the musical gap between country and classical.
Cowgirls played Off-Broadway in 1994, running for 319 performances and 16 previews at the Minetta Lane Theatre.
The Coghill Trio will be played by Rebekah Baty as Lee, the new-agey cellist; real-life WGKA 1190 deejay Keely Brown as Rita, the pregnant pianist; and Beverly Blouin as Mary Lou, the perfectionist violinist. Felicia Hernandez plays Hiram Hall owner Jo; Michelle Beamer is waitress Mickey, and Susie Grimley plays Hiram Hall employee, Mo.
Cowgirls designers are Lizz Forsey (set), Jonna Schmink (costumes), Pete Shinn (lights) and Dung Nguyen (sound).
According to a statement by the press office, Cowgirls may extend through Sept. 5.
Tickets are $28-$20 and are available by calling (404) 733-5000. The 14th Street Playhouse is located at the corner of 14th and Juniper Streets.
-- By Christine Ehren