N.C. Stage premieres new musical Curvy Widow

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Press release from N.C. Stage Company:

North Carolina Stage Company (NC Stage) is excited to launch the world premiere of CURVY WIDOW: THE MUSICAL.

A feisty, fifty-something woman finds herself unexpectedly single in NYC and launches into the dating pool for the first time in thirty years. A dating pool that has evolved over the last two decades to include online profiles, sex websites, and a number and variety of condoms that would lend one to think the slogan “have it your way” is no longer limited to burgers. Imagine a world in which Sex in the City meets the Mary Tyler Moore Show and you’ll find yourself in the world of CURVY WIDOW.

CURVY WIDOW is about the exploits of a fifty-something widow whose adventures in the least expected places reveal unexpected truths about life, love, survival and sex. In this sassy, frank and witty musical, Curvy learns the HARD way what it means to start life over in the modern age.

“There are tons of stories about loss and getting back on your feet,” explained composer Drew Brody, “but there was something new in Bobby’s story that I hadn’t come across before. It was so candid, but at the same time so entertaining and ridiculous, all told through the lens of a narrator who was incredibly savvy but also delightfully green in the uncharted territory of middle-aged dating.”

“I want the audience to see themselves in Curvy- it’s been written for everyone, man or woman, regardless of age, who has had a life changing experience.” – Goldman

Tony Award Nominee Nancy Opel stars as Curvy. Opel is best known for her Broadway roles in Urinetown, Sunday in the Park with George, Beautiful, and Honeymoon in Vegas (just to name a few of her Broadway credits).

Opel is joined by a cast which includes Andrea Bianchi (off-Broadway: Being Audrey), Laura Dean (Broadway: The Who’s Tommy), Philip Hoffman (Broadway: Into the Woods, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Cabaret (2014 revival)), MaryAnn Hu (Broadway: South Pacific, Miss Saigon, The King and I (2015 revival)), Christopher Shyer (Broadway: Mamma Mia!; National Tour: Book of Mormon) and Tom Treadwell (Broadway: Annie (1997 revival); National Tour: Bridges of Madison County).

The artistic team includes director Peter Flynn (Broadway: Funny Girl (2002 revival), Chess, On the 20th Century;), choreography by Marcos Santana (Broadway: On Your Feet; Rocky; US Tour and West End: Rock of Ages), musical direction by Andrew Sotomayor (Pasadena Playhouse, Goodspeed Musicals, Lyric Theater) and orchestrations by Wayne Barker (Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher, All About Me, Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance). Joining this creative team is costume designer Brian Hemesath (Broadway: Honeymoon In Vegas; SNL Digital Shorts, Sesame Street) and local designers Andrew Mannion (set), CJ Barnwell (lights), Matthew Nielson (sound), and Jessica Tandy Kammerud (props). Casting by STEWART/WHITLEY (Broadway: Chicago, Pippin, On The Town and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812).

NC Stage is proud to have the unique opportunity to present CURVY WIDOW: THE MUSICAL for its Asheville audiences and to play a key role in the journey of a musical being developed for future commercial productions.

This saucy, sexy new musical will have audiences aching with laugher!

Curvy Widow: The Musical

Where: North Carolina Stage Company, 15 Stage Lane in downtown Asheville

Dates: Previews: Nov. 2nd – Nov. 11th, Runs Nov. 12th – 20th, 2016

Times: Wednesday-Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM, Select Saturdays at 2:00 PM

Ticket Prices: See website for current ticket prices.

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Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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One thought on “N.C. Stage premieres new musical Curvy Widow

  1. Gina

    After five and a half years of marriage, my friends husband passed away from cancer. At first, she didn’t know what to do or how to act. To her, their lives together were just beginning. Couple of years later I suggested her dating site I’ve heard about. Everyone wants to fall in love and have their fairytale come true and there is nothing wrong with that or dating a widower and with this service that was possible, but as a newcomer I told her you need to make sure to manage your expectations – meaning that you state what you want and know what the other wants as well, leaving very little room for disappointment.

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