Motherhood the Musical Will Propagate in Five U.S. Cities in 2011

News   Motherhood the Musical Will Propagate in Five U.S. Cities in 2011
Motherhood the Musical, the new show from the producer of Menopause the Musical, will be seen in a handful of separate sitdown productions nationally, starting with a June 3-Oct. 2 run at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa.

Kareema M. Khouri and Lisa Manuli
Kareema M. Khouri and Lisa Manuli

The small-cast show with an original score will have a minimum of five separately cast sit-down engagements in 2011, including Fort Worth, TX; Richardson, TX; Atlanta; and Philadelphia. The musical by writer-songwriter Sue Fabisch is billed as "hysterical and poignant….a must-see for anyone who is, has, or knows a Mom and it will remind you that it's not just about Motherhood…it's about you."

Motherhood the Musical was originally produced in Fort Lauderdale, FL, in fall 2010, where it played a sell-out engagement. The show was nominated for a Best Production Carbonell Award, representing excellence in South Florida theatre.

"When we did one of the first readings for Motherhood the Musical, I brought my mom and daughter to be part of the selected audience," said producer Kathi Glist (Menopause the Musical) in a statement. "I loved how they both related to it and how my mom and daughter shared a bonding experience over this show. I believe that when women see this show, they will see themselves in one if not all of the characters on the stage. They will know they are not alone in what they experience on a day-to-day basis as a mother or daughter."

A four-member company will be directed and choreographed by Broadway's Lisa Shriver (The Story of My Life, Ring of Fire). Johnny Rodgers (Liza's at the Palace, and the PS Classics album "Box of Photographs") will supply music direction and supervision, arrangements and orchestrations.

The 20-song cast recording CD will soon be released on Fabisch's Nashville-based record label Mommy Music. A production of Motherhood is currently playing a 65-city Australian tour.

GFour Productions is behind the show, following success with Menopause the Musical, seen in more than 450 in the U.S. and Canada. GFour's producing began in 1981 with Nine, winning the Tony Award that year for Best Musical. Other Broadway projects include My One And Only, Zorba The Greek starring Anthony Quinn, Baby, The Rink, Grand Hotel, Grind, Big, True West, the original and the revival of La Cage Aux Folles which won them the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1983 and the Tony Award for Best Revival in 2004, Catskills On Broadway, Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 The Musical, currently on a national tour, and Off-Brodway's I Love You You're Perfect Now Change.

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Motherhood will play the following cities, with casting to be announced:

Tampa, Florida
David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
June 3-Oct. 2, 2011

Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Community Arts Center
Aug. 14-Sept. 4, 2011

Richardson, TX
Charles W. Eisemann Center
Sept. 8-Oct. 9, 2011

Atlanta, GA
14th Street Playhouse
Sept. 18-Nov. 20, 2011

Philadelphia, PA
Society Hill Playhouse
Sept. 30, 2011 – Open Ended Run

Margot Moreland, Kareema M. Khouri, Lisa Manuli and Laura Turnbull
Margot Moreland, Kareema M. Khouri, Lisa Manuli and Laura Turnbull
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