Thank You For Being a Friend, Musical Parody Inspired by "The Golden Girls," Extends Run at the Beechman

News   Thank You For Being a Friend, Musical Parody Inspired by "The Golden Girls," Extends Run at the Beechman
Thank You For Being a Friend, the unauthorized musical parody inspired by "The Golden Girls," has extended its limited engagement at the Laurie Beechman Theater.

Originally scheduled for a six-week engagement through Feb. 12, the production will now continue through March 28.

Performances are Wednesdays at 7 PM through Feb. 12 with added performances Fridays, Feb. 14 and 28 and March 14 and 28 at 10 PM.

The parody features book, music and lyrics by Nick Brennan and Luke Jones. Original cast members Chad Ryan, Jones and Brennan are joined by newcomers John De Los Santos and Adrian Rifat.

In Thank You For Being a Friend, press notes state, "four women over 60 (Blanchette, the varicose-veined vixen; Dorthea, the brainy ball-buster; Roz, the lovable airhead; and Sophie, the wisecracking spitfire) are spending their golden years together in a wicker-filled bungalow in Miami. But when gay pop superstar Ricky Martin moves next door, his loud outdoor sex parties keep the quartet of cheesecake-loving retirees awake. The solution pits the gays against the girls at the annual Shady Oaks Retirement Home Talent Show: if the women win, then no more sex parties; if the gays garner top prize, the sassy seniors must serve as the party's clean-up crew. Singing, dancing and hilarity ensues!"

The production team features Cisco Cardanez (assistant director/stage manager), John De Los Santos (choreographer), Luke Jones (set design), Timothy Hart (lighting), Jessa-Raye Court (costumes), Nancy Doan (wigs) and Julianne B. Merrill (sound).

The Laurie Beechman Theater is located inside The West Bank Cafe at 407 West 42nd Street. Tickets are $20, plus $15 food/drink minimum, and are available at (212) 352-3101 or

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