Honky Tonk Angels coming to Demopolis

Published 8:05 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2012

It happens every day of every year.  Somewhere in America, a girl quits her job, kisses her loved ones goodbye and climbs aboard a Nashville-bound Greyhound.  And every day of every year, those girls arrive in Music City with little more than a dream to sustain them.

A raucous and touching musical by the author of the hit Broadway show, “Always, Patsy Cline,” spotlights three women who gamble everything for a chance to become country music stars.  The show is scheduled to play at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 9 at the Old School Theatre in Demopolis .

“The Honky Tonk Angels” is Ted Swindley’s funny and tender Valentine to the female singers in the country music pantheon – many of whom rode that same bus from Anywhere, USA.

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The show tells the story of three aspiring young singers who walk away from their work-a-day lives and head for Nashville. “The Honky Tonk Angels” features powerhouse singer-actresses performing  20 country classics including “Stand by Your Man,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Harper Valley PTA,” “Nine-to-Five,” “Ode to Billie Joe” and “Harper Valley PTA.”

“The Honky Tonk Angels” is a unique musical theatre entertainment,” says producer and director Paul R. Pierce.  “It explores the unbridled desire that drives a poor young farm girl, a weary housewife or a stressed-out secretary to drop everything and roll the dice in the world’s most competitive and brutal industry – all for the love of music.  Of course, the song list for this show reads like a Nashville greatest hits record, so “The Honky Tonk Angels” is also a thrilling nostalgic journey for the audience.”

The show is produced by Springer Theatricals, the national touring unit  the Springer Opera House, the State Theatre of Georgia.  The Springer is a 140-year-old National Historic Landmark with a year-round schedule of plays, musicals and a top ranked theatre academy. The theatre also has one of the nation’s busiest touring schedules, performing in sixty American cities each year.

Since Reconstruction days, the Springer has been a cherished Southern cultural institution with the world’s most celebrated artists making pilgrimages to perform in the elegance of this famous theatre.  From Edwin Booth, Lilly Langtry, George M. Cohan, Ethel Barrymore and Irving Berlin in the old days to more modern appearances by Truman Capote, Hal Holbrook, Burt Reynolds, Chet Atkins and Garrison Keillor, the Springer Theatre has been a centerpiece for the performing arts in the South since 1871.“The Honky Tonk Angels” will be performed on Friday, March 9 at  7 p.m. at the Old School Theatre in Demopolis.  Tickets for the show are $10 at the door for non-members. Call 334-289-1595 for more information.