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Posted: 06/12/13

Meadow Brook Theatre will present the musical comedy "70, Girls, 70" through June 23. Above, the cast of "70, Girls, 70."

(Photo courtesy of Rick Smith)

'70, Girls, 70' will
steal your heart at MBT

      When the residents of the New Sussex Arms, an Upper West Side retirement hotel, discover it's slated to be sold, they know they have to stop it. But how?They can't afford to buy it. Or can they? They hatch a scheme to steal furs from New York City stores, planning to use the profits to buy it themselves.This final presentation of Meadow Brook Theatre's (MBT's) season will have you cheering on these larcenous folks who just want to save their home.
       "70, Girls, 70" features music and lyrics from John Kander and Fred Ebb, who created "Chicago" and "Cabaret." The story was written by Fred Ebb and Norman L. Martin, based on the 1958 play "Breath of Spring" by Peter Coke.
       The play runs through June 23.
       Audiences will recognize many of their favorite MBT veterans in the cast of "70, Girls, 70" including Tobin Hissong, Mary Robin Roth, Judy Dery, Hugh Maguire, Trudy Mason, Paul Hopper, Ruth Crawford, Henry Nelson, Joseph Feldmann, James Busam and Claire Kaiser. Making their MBT debut are Tamara Anderson and Candice M. Coleman.
       MBT Artistic Director Travis W. Walter directs "70, Girls, 70." Choreography is by Tyrick Wiltez Jones. Terry W. Carpenter is the stage manager with scenic design by Kristen Gribbin, costumes by Liz Moore, lighting by Reid G. Johnson and sound by Mike Duncan. Music Director Stacy White plays piano and directs the band, which includes Alissa Hetzner (keyboard), Sig Hepler (guitar), Andy Lloyd (bass), Nick Matthews (percussion), Laurie Burns (reeds), John Hartwick/Michael McGowan (trumpet) and John Gonthier (trombone).
       Tickets range from $25 to $40 and are available by calling the MBT box office at (248) 377-3300 or going online at Student discounts are available at the box office. Groups of eight or more should call (248) 370-3316 for group pricing.
       This production of "70, Girls, 70" is made possible through the continued support of Extended Stay Hotels and the Meadow Brook Theatre Guild.
       MBT is located on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, MI. For additional information, visit MBT is a nonprofit, cultural institution serving southeast Michigan for more than 45 years.

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