Newton’s Patti Hathaway Cast in Midlife Musical “Monsters!”
NEWTON and ARLINGTON, MA January 23, 2012… Newton’s Patti Hathaway will embody the role of “Apathy” in an upcoming production of Monsters! A Midlife Musical Meltdown at The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street, Arlington, from Saturday, February 25 through Saturday, March 10. Back by popular demand, Boston originated Monsters! has continued New York development and regional productions after a rousing 2006 world premiere in Boston, home to playwright/composer team Gail Phaneuf and Ernie Lijoi.
"I’m delighted to portray one of my own favorite personal demons," shares Hathaway, who received rave reviews for her performance of “Apathy” in the Boston world premiere of Monsters!. As an actress, she has originated roles in several new works including Monsters!, The Love Note, Binding the Artful Dodger, Random Selection, and Dancers. She also works professionally as a moderator and meeting facilitator focused on financial services and higher education.
Imagine a visit from your personal demons on your 40th birthday. Monsters! A Midlife Musical Meltdown captures the humor, angst and insight experienced at life’s milestones. Manhattan stock broker Samantha is paid a 40th birthday visit by her domineering mother. Samantha boldly reveals her plans to quit her Wall Street job and embark on a soul-searching adventure. Her mother's reaction stirs up a toxic blend of old insecurities embodied by “monsters”, familiar to us all. In an effort to derail her new ambitions, the monsters drag Samantha into a riotous showdown of wills and determination. A mysterious package and sexy birthday singer cause the antics to skyrocket into a full blown, hilarious mid-life crisis. Charged with energetic music and side-splitting lyrics, Monsters! asks “Have you faced your demons?”
Following the Boston premiere with CentAstage, Monsters! has experienced many highlights, including high-profile New York City industry readings featuring Broadways stars including Andrea McArdle, Cady Huffman, Joy Franz, Ann Harrada and Nicolette Hart. Most recently Monsters! was produced at The Deertrees Theatre in Harrison, Maine. The current production will feature renowned Boston actress Cheryl McMahon of Arlington, who originated the feisty role of “Mother”.
Performances will be held at the historic Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St. (off Mass. Ave.) in Arlington, from Saturday, February 25 through Saturday, March 10, 2012. Reserved seats range from $20-$30, with discounts available to groups and students. The Regent is MBTA and handicap accessible with free parking in the municipal lot across the street. For show times and to purchase tickets, please visit www.regenttheatre.com, or call the box office at 781-646-4849.