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“Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” at Meadow Brook; opens May 24

Preview May 17, 2017 Encore Staff

ROCHESTER—Millie is getting married, and her friends have thrown her an impromptu bachelorette party. It’s the ‘60s, and while talk of love and marriage carries on, the girls get carried away with the music of the day. Join Millie, Sally, Florence and Dee Dee while they rock out to hits from the ‘60s, including “Baby I’m Yours,” “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” “I Will Follow Him,” and, of course, “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?”

Why Do Fools Fall in Love? is directed by Meadow Brook Theatre artistic director Travis W. Walter. Debbie Williams is the choreographer and Stacy White is the musical director. Terry Carpenter* is the stage manager, with set design by Jen Price Fick, costumes by Corey Collins, lighting by Matthew J. Fick and sound by Mike Duncan.

Some favorite actresses will be back on stage for this all-female musical. Allison Hunt-Kaufmann* is bride-to-be Millie, Felicia Renae* is Sally, Renee Turner* is Florence, and Katie Hardy* plays Dee Dee.

Stacy White also directs the band and plays piano. The remainder of the band includes Cindy Pavelek on synthesizer, Sig Hepler on guitar and Nick Matthews on drums.

“Our audiences loved the Roger Bean shows we’ve done in the past. People came back to see The Andrews Sisters and Life Could Be a Dream more than once,” said MBT artistic director, Travis Walter. “When we got the chance to present Why Do Fools Fall in Love? I knew it would be another musical that would have our audiences dancing in their seats. It’s the perfect way to end our season.”

Why Do Fools Fall In Love? runs May 24 through June 18, at Meadow Brook Theatre on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester. Tickets range from $27 to $42 and are available by calling the Meadow Brook Theatre box office at 248-377-3300 or going online at www.ticketmaster.com.  Student discounts are available at the box office. Groups of eight or more should call 248-370-3316 for group pricing.

*Member, Actors’ Equity Association.

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