Donna Migliaccio Stars in Silver Belles World Premiere, Starting Tonight at Signature Theatre

Nov 22, 2016
Silver Belles

Signature Theatre presents the world premiere production of a new holiday musical, Silver Belles. Directed by Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet), this world premiere musical features a book by Allyson Currin (WSC Avant Bard's Caesar and Dada), music by Matt Conner (Signature's Nevermore) and lyrics by Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith (Creative Cauldron's The Turn of the Screw). Silver Belles will run from tonight, November 22, through December 24, 2016 in Signature Theatre's ARK Theatre.

When Oralene, the longtime director of small town Sylva Ridge's Christmas Pageant, suddenly passes away, the Silver Belles must come to the rescue! With the spirit of Oralene looking on, the sterling-hued vixens band together, discover their talents and pull out all the stops to keep the beloved pageant alive.

The production will star Donna Migliaccio (Signature's Sunday in the Park with George) as Oralene, Dan Manning (Signature's The Fix) as Earl, Nova Y. Payton (Signature's Dreamgirls) as Gloria, Naomi Jacobson (Signature's Cabaret) as Bo Jack, Peggy Yates (Signature's Crossing) as Ruth Ann, and Ilona Dulaski (Signature's Witches of Eastwick) as Berneice.

"Signature continues its commitment to present the work of DC Playwrights; Silver Belles will light up our ARK Theatre for the holidays after the critically-acclaimed production of The Gulf by DC Playwright Audrey Cefaly closes," said Eric Schaeffer. "This new holiday musical will have audiences laughing and crying as Oralene (Donna Migliaccio) leads the Silver Belles to produce their best holiday pageant in Sylva, Tennessee history. This fun new musical promises to be a welcome addition to the holiday landscape in Signature style."

The creative team also includes Choreography by Karma Camp; Musical Direction by Warren Freeman; Scenic Design by James Kronzer; Costume Design by Kathleen Geldard; Lighting Design by Kelly Rudolph; Associate Director Walter Ware III; Production Stage Manager Julie Meyer; and Production Assistant Sophia Lewin Adams.



Book by Ally Currin

Music by Matt Conner

Lyrics by Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith

Based on an Idea by Sandra Johnson and Cathy Alter

Directed by Eric Schaeffer

Four weeks only!

Performances run November 22, 2016 through December 24, 2016

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Recipient of the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award, Signature Theatre is a non-profit professional theater company in Arlington, Virginia dedicated to producing contemporary musicals and plays, reinventing classic musicals, and developing new work. Under the leadership of co-founder and Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and Managing Director Maggie Boland, Signature has presented 44 world premiere productions and is renowned for combining Broadway-quality productions with intimate playing spaces.

In addition to hosting the finest talent from the DC metropolitan area and New York, Signature has been home to such luminaries as Chita Rivera, Sheryl Crow, Barry Levinson, George Hearn, Hunter Foster, Emily Skinner, Kathleen Marshall, Ann Reinking, Marc Kudisch, Judy Kuhn, John Kander and Fred Ebb, Cameron Mackintosh, Terrence McNally, and the company's signature composer, Stephen Sondheim. Since its founding in 1989, Signature has won 97 Helen Hayes Awards for excellence in the Washington, DC region's professional theater and has been honored with 368 nominations.