‘Honky Tonk Laundry’ is Definitely a Place You Don’t Want To Leave


Photo by Michael Lamont

‘Honkey Tonk Laundry’ is a wonderful new musical written and directed by Roger Bean (‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’, ‘Life Could Be A Dream’, ‘The Andrew Brothers’) with choreography by James Vasquez. There are many reasons why you should see this musical, two of them being the ultra talented  Bets Malone and Misty Cotton. Not only do these two women sing beautifully, but they have killer comic chops and they can dance.

The story is pure country. Girl meets Boy,  Girl falls head over heels with Boy.
Boy does the girl dirty and breaks her heart.  Girl gets pissed off and sings some all time classic country songs.Lana Mae Hopkins (Bets Malone) is the owner and proprietress of the Wishy Washy Washateria. Just as she finishes singing ‘I Need A Vacation’ and ‘Stand By Your Man’ and loading a load of wash, in walks  Katie Lane Murphy (Misty Cotton) definitely in need of some help. Well washing help that is since her shirt is covered in what looks like blood.

After listening to Katie sing about her no good cheating boyfriend, Lana winds up hiring her, even though  its more than obvious, that high maintenance Katie knows nothing about washing clothes. But it doesn’t take long for the two women to become fast friends and realize that they have a great deal in common especially when it comes to a broken heart and a cheating man.

‘Honkey Tonk Laundry’ is full of your favorite country songs including ‘These Boots Were Made For Walkin’, ‘Stand By Your Man,’ ‘Before He Cheats’, ‘Independence Day’ and many many more. The story is funny, heartwarming and you just can’t help but fall in love with these two women.  Whether you’re a country fan or not, it doesn’t matter. You will absolutely enjoy every second of this show. I know I did.

‘Honky Tonk Laundry’ opened at The Hudson MainStage Theatre located at 6539 Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood and plays Fridays & Saturday at 8:00pm, Sundays at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. Ticket prices are $45.00 for Friday and Sunday evenings; $55.00 for Saturday evenings and Sunday Matinees. The show closes on Sunday, September 1st.

To purchase tickets call 323-960-7773 or go to www.plays411.com/honkytonklaundry or www.honkytonklaundry.com.


Joan Alperin

About Joan Alperin

Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death. As a result of his huge following, they created a funny movie review show entitled Two Jews on Film, where Joan and her husband, John would review movies and rate them with bagels You can see their reviews by going to youtube.com/twojewsonfilm. Although it's now only one Jew - Joan is occasionally joined by her beautiful Pekingnese and Japanese Chin.
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