Church Basement Ladies
"Rise Up, O Men"
Men in the Parish Basement? What's a church lady to do?
“Rise Up O Men” gives the gents a chance to shine in the latest installment of the Church Basement Ladies musical comedy series. As the church prepares for participation in the town’s 1964 Centennial Celebration, we get to see their coming and goings from the eyes of the menfolk, who have their own problems to solve.
Karin’s husband Elroy, farmer Carl and Great War vet Arlo are joined in brotherhood by series staple Pastor E.L. Gunderson. Their camaraderie unites them as they deal with furnace salesmen, looming retirement, rival Protestant denominations, the Pastor’s bad jokes, and Arlene’s even-worse cooking.
"Church Basement Ladies"
is a Box Office Hit!
The Success Story:
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Who are the "Church Basement Ladies" and what's the latest show all about?
In the fifth installment, The Last (Potluck) Supper, the year is 1979 and past parishioners have gathered to share hotdish, bars and stories from the last 100 years. As the women work in the kitchen, shared memories burst into life through a series of flashbacks and the ladies manage to serve up a rib-tickling panorama of the changes in the kitchen, without spilling a drop of coffee!
Church Basement Ladies uses the renowned Scandinavian Lutheran humor writings of "The Lutheran Ladies," Janet Martin and Suzann Nelson, authors of a host of humorous books the most famous being Growing Up Lutheran. The script is by Jessica Zuehlke and Jim Stowell with music and lyrics by composer Drew Jansen, who gave us the music for the popular long-running hit musical, How To Talk Minnesotan, The Musical.
"Church Basement Ladies" is a Box Office Hit... The Success Story:
Plymouth Playhouse, Minneapolis
Played for 3 years with gross sales over $7,300,000. 56% of sales were to bus groups!
New Theatre in Kansas City
Played for 11 weeks in 700 seat theatre with a gross of $2,200,000
Overture Center for the Performing Arts in Madison, WI
Played 3 weeks in 1,100 seat theatre with a gross of $495,000
Opened with $138,000 in group sales
Hoyt Sherman Theatre in Des Moines
Played one week with a gross of $225,000