The Golden Girls are back – albeit in a different form than ever before.
The 80s and 90s television show that became one of the most popular and well known sitcoms of all-time entertained millions. They’ve also inspired a new act, one that will be taking stage at the Lafon Performing Arts Center this weekend as The Golden Girls Show: A Puppet Parody comes to Luling. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night.
Thus, the adventures of Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia aren’t quite over just yet. The original show chronicled the day to day lives of the four women, who lived together in a Miami household. The four shared mishaps and misunderstandings along with a tight emotional bond – while the characters weren’t biological siblings (though Sophia and Dorothy were mother and daughter), their friendship consistently reflected sisterhood nonetheless.
The new spin on this tale for Saturday’s show? Puppets – as the title would suggest. The Muppet-esque characters have found acclaim as one of Off Broadway’s major smash hits. The show will feature three “brand new episodes” of The Golden Girls, each between 20 and 25 minutes, that include the classic punch lines and quick witted exchanges fans of the girls have grown to expect – but each plot line is entirely new.
“There might even be some cheesecake involved,” quipped Ashley Brooke, who plays Sophia.
Brooke said the puppets bring this show to life and called them a tribute to these “iconic characters and ladies.”
The show ran off Broadway in New York City in 2016 and garnered great feedback. Taking the show on the road was the next step in spreading this labor of love around the country.
The cast has a lot of fun with it, said Erin Ulman, who plays Blanche and the show taking off has led to a truly enjoyable time for everyone involved. Ulman and Brooke each auditioned for their roles last summer and haven’t looked back since.
“Playing a group of best friends who have fun is a great way to spend a year of your life,” Ulman said. “We also have killer material and get to spread laughter wherever we go.”
Brooke said showgoers will certainly be in for a treat.
“The show’s a blast!” she said. You can truly leave your troubles at the door and just enjoy yourself for a couple hours.”
Tickets can be purchased at lafonartscenter.org or at the Lafon Center’s on-site box office.