Set in a small town just outside of Nashville, this slice-of-life comedic play with music is a genuine look into the hearts of everyday people. As the proprietor, Barbara Jean, tries to figure out “When is it courageous and when is it just plain crazy to hang on to love,” her customers come in and take a load off by sharing their funny, heartbreaking humanity. There’s Miss Morris a nurse who’s planning a Pyramid prayer-time, Miss Tessie, a senior citizen who’s gonna make you laugh and steal your heart, a Tupperware brandishing, plate-dropping waitress named Jeanette, Lombardo—a country-singing hairdresser, Tommy Lee, who is recovering from a dog-bite and Melissa a mixed-up Mother of three. Throughout it all, the wacky DJ from WATR, the local radio station, breaks in with local news, commercials about baldness and whole slew of quirky, unforgettable toe-tapping songs.
Barbara’s Blue Kitchen
Book, music and lyrics by Lori Fischer
"The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers” is a four-character musical comedy about a quirky country singing duo who lost their recording contract when the lead singing alcoholic sister crashed their tour bus into a pet store, sending many a goldfish to an early fish tank heaven. Now, the back-up singing sister, Junie, has gotten them a gig as funeral singers with the hope that this unexpected career move will jump start their musical comeback. The problem is, Lashley, the just out of rehab lead singer, does her best singing drunk. Set in Ashland City, Tennessee, it’s a comedy about two disparate sisters who sing funeral songs that are tailor-made for each dead person. The two sisters, their aging father, who is having trouble remembering things, but still deeply in love with the mother who left them all long ago, and the compulsive gambling Pastor Phil, sing blues, roots rock and quirky country tunes.
Broadway World Review: CCP's SPARKLEY CLEAN FUNERAL SINGERS
April 2, 2016
by Jeffrey Ellis
Book by Lori Fischer
Music & Lyrics by Lori Fischer
& Don Chaffer