BANGOR — Penobscot Theatre Company is shining up its cowboy boots to kick-off its 41st season with “The Honky Tonk Angels” Sept. 4-21. The heartwarming musical features 30 classics from the Golden Age of Country, including “9 to 5,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “Stand by Your Man.” “The women who took those songs to the top of the charts became known by their first names alone,” said Producing Artistic Director Bari Newport. “Dolly, Loretta, Tanya — they set the standard, and here doing them justice and giving their hit songs new life are three powerhouse vocalists of our own — Laura, Heather and Brianne.”
Laura Hodos, Heather Libby, and Brianne Beck will play the honky tonk angels, three women who meet on a bus bound for Nashville, chasing their dreams of country music stardom and finding friendship along way. Last seen by Penobscot Theatre Company audiences as Patsy in “Always … Patsy Cline,” Laura Hodos recently was nominated for a San Francisco Broadway World Award for her performance as Fantine in “Les Misérables.” She has delighted audiences and earned critical acclaim at theaters nationwide, earning three Carbonell Award nominations. A native of New Jersey, Hodos presently resides in Florida. She is a member of Actors’ Equity.
Joining Hodos in “The Honky Angels” are local standouts and Penobscot Theatre Company veterans Heather Libby and Brianne Beck.
Director Michele Colvin is best known for her work with the Cumberland Country Playhouse in Crossville, Tennessee, where she directed and choreographed for 20 years. Her playhouse credits include regional premiers, award-winning production, and highly successful student productions. Most recently, Colvin served as director-choreographer for the Smoky Mountain Opry in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, where her productions garnered her the title, Best Show. Colvin is the recipient of the inaugural Taft Miller Award from The Western Stage in California for Women’s Excellence in Theatre. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University’s master’s program in choreographic theory and practice.
The design team for “The Honky Tonk Angels” includes Tricia Hobbs, set; Jess Fialko, lighting; Kevin Koski, costume; Brandie Rita, sound; and Meredith Perry, properties. As music director, Phil Burns will lead a six-piece band on stage.
“The Honky Tonk Angels” is produced in partnership with Darling’s, Rudman Winchell, Dirigo Pines Retirement Community and Northeast Pain Management. The theater also acknowledges the support provided throughout the season by Canyon Networks, The Charles Inn, Bangor Daily News, The Maine Edge, Blueberry Broadcasting, Downtown with Rich Kimball, ZONE Radio, and WLBZ Channel 2.
As a special offering, Hodos will perform in a solo cabaret at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. She will sing the hits of musical theater legends Julie Andrews, Mary Martin, Ethyl Merman and Barbra Streisand. Tickets are $10, available at the Penobscot Theatre Company Box Office.
To purchase tickets or for information, call the Box Office at 942-3333 or go to penobscottheatre.org.