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Jukebox musical, featuring songs from top country performers, runs through Feb. 20

COURTESY PHOTO: SAM ORTEGA - Jessica Brandes, left, stars as Katie Lane with Emily Cadiz as Lana Mae Hopkins in Broadway Rose Theatres production of Honky Tonk Laundry. Broadway Rose Theatre kicks off its 2022 season with the musical "Honky Tonk Laundry," which opens Friday, Jan. 28, and continues through Feb. 20.

The jukebox musical — a genre that features popular songs, as opposed to an original score — was written and created by Roger Bean, who also wrote "The Andrews Brothers" and "Winter Wonderettes."

"When Lana Mae Hopkins, owner and proprietress of the Wishy Washy Washateria, hires Katie to help out, they soon find themselves up to their elbows in soap, suds, and cheatin' hearts," states a Broadway Rose Theatre news release describing the show. "The women join forces to transform the laundromat into a bootscootin' honky-tonk and exact a touch of revenge against those that done 'em wrong."

The production features country favorites from Carrie Underwood, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and others. Jessica Brandes stars as Katie Lane, with Emily Cadiz as Lana Mae Hopkins.COURTESY PHOTO: CRAIG MITCHELLDYER - Jessica Brandes and Emily Cadiz star in Honky Tonk Laundry, a musical where the pair soon find themselves up to their elbows in soap, suds, and cheatin hearts.

Sharon Maroney directs the production, with music direction by from Mak Kastelic and choreography by Dan Murphy.

"For me, nothing beats sitting in a dark theater and listening to two dynamic singers perform country music," Sharon Maroney said in the release. "I love the songs about women who have defied the odds. I love the passion in the lyrics and the story telling. Country music is fun and uplifting — it makes you want to get up and dance. I think everyone can enjoy a musical that celebrates life today."  

Members of the "Honky Tonk Laundry" creative team include Sean O'Skea, set designer; Carl Farber, lighting designer; Kimberly Hergert, costume designer; James Sharinghousen, prop designer; Brian Karl Moen, sound designer; Jane Holmes, wig designer, and Jessica Junor, production stage manager.

Those attending the performance need to abide by Oregon's indoor mask requirement.

In addition, Broadway Rose requires full COVID-19 vaccination proof or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the performance for those who are not vaccinated.

Broadway Rose actors have all been vaccinated and are not required to wear masks onstage.COURTESY PHOTO: SAM ORTEGA - Jessica Brandes belts out a number in Broadway Rose Theatres production of Honky Tonk Laundry.

The theater company also has installed numerous safety measures and practices that include improved air handling and cleaning.

Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Matinees are held at 2 p.m. on all Sundays through Feb. 20 and on Saturdays (Feb. 5, Feb. 12 and Feb. 19).

Tickets range from $30 to $50.

Broadway Rose Theatre is located at 12850 S.W. Grant Ave. in Tigard.

Visit broadwayrose.org for more details.


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