Tourists and New Yorkers alike flock to the stage during the holiday season each year. But, why stick to traditional shows filled with actual livestock, high kicks, and sugarplum fairies when you can see something hilarious and raunchy that even Grandma will enjoy? Created by Drama Desk nominee Jonathan Rockefeller, ’That Golden Girls Show!’ is the solution to the standard snoozefest of a holiday show. Boasting 90 minutes of quick wit and sarcasm sure to leave you feeling nostalgic for sitcoms of years past, ‘That Golden Girls Show!’ has something for everyone in the family.
Nestled off Union Square in the cozy DR2 Theater, ‘That Golden Girls Show!’ is an 80’s flashback at its finest, full of shoulder pads, cheesecake and even light-up lingerie. While the term ‘puppet parody’ might feel a bit kitschy for some, the puppeteers in the cast light up the stage in a way that makes them both magnetic and invisible when compared to their stuffed counterparts.
Emmanuelle Zeesman captures Sophia’s shuffle with ease, while Cat Greenfield stuns as Blanche, managing to make a puppet somehow both sensual and laugh-out-loud funny. Michael LaMasa kills it as Dorothy, wearing a matching necklace and absolutely mastering the intonation and signature gestures of the otherwise incomparable Bea Arthur. Seriously, the crowd goes nuts for him before he even speaks and the applause is well deserved.
With a uniquely self-aware take on many classic ‘Golden Girls’ moments, including plastic surgery gone wrong, the looming threat of a return to Shady Pines, stories of St. Olaf and of course the unrelenting presence of a certain ex-husband. The best part about this show, is that you don’t have to be a dedicated fangirl (or fanguy) to enjoy the show. The show’s clever putdowns are better than any stand-up comedy show NYC has to offer at the moment, and are sure to make even the most tiring relative at your dinner table walk away with cheeks that hurt from smiling.
Jonathan Rockefeller talked about the holiday update that will be hitting the show saying, “There are a few shows that will update their logos for the holidays but we thought we would take it a little further. Which is why we will be offering That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody: Holiday Edition.” Rockefeller added, “Beginning December 1, we are decking our Miami halls and updating our script to reflect the holiday season. This is a great opportunity for our audiences to get into the holiday spirit and if they have already seen the show, a great reason to return with a friend.”
If you want to check out the show for the holiday season, don’t wait! Tickets are available through December 31st and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster, by phone at 800-982-2787 or in person from 1-6PM Monday through Friday at the 101 East 15th st. Box Office.
Need more motivation to get to the theater for the holidays? ‘That Golden Girls Show’ will be showing their ‘Holiday Edition’ starting December 1st featuring Miami chic festive decor and and holiday twists on the already joy-inducing script. The holiday performance schedule is as follows:
NO PERFORMANCES: Thanksgiving (11/24); Christmas Eve (11/24 NO 8pm Show), Christmas (12/25) & New Year’s Eve (12/31 NO 8pm Show) New Year’s Day (1/1)
ADDED SHOWS: Wednesday, November 23 at 3pm; Friday, November 25 at 3pm;
Wednesday, December 21 & 28 at 3pm & 7:30pm; Friday, December 23 & 30 at 3pm
The cast includes Arlee Chadwick as Rose, Cat Greenfield as Blanche, Michael LaMasa as Dorothy, Emmanuelle Zeesman as Sophia, and Zach Kononov as Stanley. Creative team includes: David Goldstein (Set & Lighting Design), Nate Edmondson (Composer & Sound Design), Stephanie Klapper (Casting), Shae Candelaria (Production Stage Manager), General Management by Perry Street Theatricals.