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06.27.2011 | | Posted at 11:21 AM

Marcus Center’s CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES a contemporary musical theatre piece in the style of an old sitcom.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Written only less than ten years ago, Drew Jansen, Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlke’s stage musical Church Basement Ladies is kind of an odd mid-twentieth century comic fugue. Set in 1965, the show feels a lot more like a radio sitcom from the ‘40’s or ‘50’s. For those with the right kind of comic sensitivity, it’s pleasantly disorienting in places. For everyone else it’s lightly in...
05.30.2011 | | Posted at 12:41 PM

Cast includes Jenny Wanasek, Norman Moses and Rhonda Rae Busch

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Based on the popular book Growing Up Lutheran, the musical Church Basement Ladies has a built-in appeal to those of a certain sect of Christianity. The comedy of a group of women who prepare meals in a church basement also has a very down-to-earth appeal to a group of theatergoers who rarely if ever see representations of themselves onstage. While the various production of the musical that hav...
04.13.2011 | | Posted at 08:21 AM

UW-Whitewater brings a second helping of Minnesota basement Lutherans

By Russ Bickerstaff
Executive Producer Curt Wollan was impressed enough by Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson’s book Growing-Up Lutheran that he decided to develop a musical about it. The resulting stage show Church Basement Ladies was such a success that Wollan has decided to return to the premise with Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping. The story is set in 1969-1970 in the same small, rural Minneso...