Debra Monk and Boyd Gaines star in Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing, written and directed by James Lapine, at Signature Theatre.
Debra Monk and Boyd Gaines star in Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing, written and directed by James Lapine, at Signature Theatre.
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Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing begins performances tonight at Signature Theatre.

The show, written and directed by James Lapine (Sunday in the Park With George), is based on the real-life story of Elva Miller, a middle-aged housewife who gained notoriety as an unlikely pop phenomenon in the 1960s for her warbling renditions of chart topping hits "Downtown," "Monday, Monday," "A Hard Day's Night," and more.

Emmy and Tony Award winner Debra Monk (Grey's Anatomy) and Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines (Gypsy) star as Mrs. and Mr. Miller. Monk and Gaines are joined by Rebekah Brockman (Divorce) as Joelle Taylor, Kaitlyn Davidson (Nice Work If You Can Get It) as Carol Sue Singleton, Will LeBow (Act One) as Larry Drummond and Dr. Shapiro, Corey Mach (Hands on a Hardbody) as Simon Bock, Kimberly Marable (Sister Act) as Denise Banfield, and Jacob ben Widmar (Xanadu) as Bobby Sherin.

"I've always been a big fan of James Lapine, and when he received the 2015 Stephen Sondheim Award, we spoke about his upcoming projects and coming to Signature," said Signature Theatre artistic director Eric Schaeffer, "so I am thrilled that we are producing the world premiere of his newest work Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing. With Debra Monk starring along with Boyd Gaines, this new comedy promises to be a wonderful evening of theater."

The creative team includes Josh Prince (choreography), Tony Award winner Michael Starobin (musical supervision and orchestration), Matt Hinkley (musical direction), Tony winner Heidi Ettinger (scenic design), Tony winner Jeff Croiter (lighting design), Jennifer Caprio (costume design), J. Jared Janas (wig, hair, and makeup design). Kerry Epstein serves as production stage manager and Allie Roy is the assistant stage manager.

Perofrmances continue through March 26.

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