Twenty years ago, two of the quirkiest and most endearing best friends ever to grace the silver screen captured our hearts. Oh, and did we mention they invented the Post-It?!
Anyone who went to high school can relate to 1997's cult hit, "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion." The classic one-liners, flamboyant outfits and Cyndi Lauper interpretive dance number made the movie epic. But, you know what was missing? Singing! Now, a new stage adaptation is changing all that and making its world premiere at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre.
"The girls are larger than life and it's perfect for a theater like this," said Stephanie Renee Wall, who plays "Michele Weinberger." "And, we've fallen in love with Seattle. The town is just the best. We're having a great time."
Cortney Wolfson and Stephanie Wall step into eight-inch platform heels as Romy and Michele, taking on the hilarious roles originated by Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino.
"Getting to play Michele, especially with a famous actress like Lisa Kudrow, the role is so iconic, it's been a treat to channel Lisa Kudrow's performance without copying," explained Wall. "Michele is definitely the yin to Romy's yang. Michele is the more feminine, while Romy is more of the masculine. They definitely balance each other out."
"It's a really fun challenge for both of us, I think," continued Cortney Wolfson, who plays "Romy White."
As the story goes, the girls are excited about their 10-year high school reunion at first, but quickly realize they might not make a good impression. So, they show up in an expensive car wearing suits, and pretend to be successful business women who invented the Post-It.
"Mayhem ensues and it's very funny and the music is fantastic," said Wolfson. "It's by the composers who do the music for Orange is the New Black. The music is kind of rock and roll cool."
"Turning it into a musical has been amazing because in watching the movie growing up, I always thought you could break out into song anytime while watching it," continued Wall. "And, Robin Schiff, who wrote the screen play also wrote the book for the musical. So, it stays so true to all of the lines and the laughter and the whole genre is so perfect."
Both Cortney and Stephanie say if you're a fan of the movie, you're going to love the musical. And, they both have high hopes this premiere will launch them to Broadway.
"When you find out a show is doing an out-of-town trial in Seattle, it's six thumbs up," explained Wolfson. "Everyone is very excited because so many awesome productions have gone to Broadway after opening here."
"Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" runs through July 2 at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre.