When The Golden Girls came to an end in 1992, after seven years of being our friend, we were bereft. In syndication the show was a gold mine. It seems everything is Golden Girls, as a themed cafe is set to open on Broadway between 187th and 188th in Washington Heights, the brainchild of Michael LaRue, a close friend of the late Rue McClanahan, one of the stars of the show.
At the upcoming New York Comic Con, toy company Funko is releasing a limited edition set of Golden Girls action figures. Only available at the convention, the figurines follow the company’s popular—and more widely available—Golden Girls bobble heads.
Last night Jonathan Rockefeller’s That Golden Girl’s Show: A Puppet Parody opened at the DR2 theater, hot on the heels of the show’s 31st anniversary. It’s as bitty, catty and familiar as genurkenflurken!
The shows revolves around the four older, single women (three widows and one divorcée) sharing a house in Miami, Florida. The owner of the house is a widow named Blanche Devereaux (Cat Greenfield), who was joined by fellow widow Rose Nylund (Arlee Chadwick) and divorcée Dorothy Zbornak ( Michael LaMasa) and Dorothy’s 80-year-old mother, Sophia Petrillo. Everything you love from the sitcom, from “Sophia’s get-rich-quick schemes, to Rose’s tales from St Olaf, Blanche’s insatiable hunt for men and the Fountain of Youth, to Dorothy’s daily struggle to make sense of her life, manage her roommates all the while fending off a certain, pesky ex-husband, once and for all. It is funny, heartwarming and nostalgic all rolled into one.
The show is done ala Avenue Q style with the puppeteers acting out the nuances as the puppets add a 3 dimensional quality. The puppets created by Joel Gennari are fabulous, as is Weston Chandler Long as Dorothy, Emmanuelle Zeesman as Sophia and Cat Greenfield as Blanche. They capture the characters and are feistier than ever before with mouths that crack jokes like whips. Only Arlee Chadwick fails to capture the essence of Rose. She is good when it comes to the Norwegian part, but she is lacking that lovable ditz persona, who is actually wise.
The creative team is made up of David Goldstein (set and lighting design), Nate Edmondson (composer and sound design),The DR2 Theatre is located at 103 East 15th Street, New York.
Rockefeller’s first parody, Thank You For Being a Friend, sold out in both Australia and Canada. His script is irreverent and bawdy. He is also the guy behind the popular U.S. production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, a puppet tribute to the classic kid’s book.
That Golden Girl’s Show: A Puppet Parody: DR2 Theatre, 103 East 15th St.