And to all a good Girls Night

‘Twas the morning of the debut of ‘Twas a Girls Night Before Christmas: The Musical, and not a soul could be heard in the background once director Sonya Carter steps outside of the lobby of the Downtown Grand to chat about the holiday sequel to Louise Roche’s Girls Night: The Musical. “We started developing it about a year ago,” she says. “Then a month ago we started casting, and now we’re debuting at The Smith Center. The girls’ four-part harmonies sound so good, and they can’t wait to get on stage.”

This week’s Nov. 24-28 run in Troesh Studio Theater is one of two presentations of the new show this year before a more extensive holiday schedule is scheduled for next year, but all five Girls Night friends are back as they converge at their favorite karaoke bar in wake of Black Friday. Born-to-party divorcee Carol, her sensible sister Kate, cynical mom-of-four Liza, quirky Anita and heavenly host Sharon relate the trials and tribulations of the most wonderful time of the year from a female perspective, mixing carols in with bursts of songs that, as in the original production, are designed to get the audience on their feet and singing along.

“We do ‘Santa Baby’ and ‘Feliz Navidad,’’’ says Carter “But we also do ‘Think’ by Aretha Franklin, and ‘Bad Girls’ by Donna Summer.” Carter joined the production as a cast member before becoming a director, with results audience members who have been to Girls Night before may pick up on. “I feel it kind of gave me an inside view. I understood what the girls would have to go through, what they were going to learn, how they’d have to do their blocking. It added validity to what I was trying to tell the girls.”

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