Honky Tonk Angels – Review by Bonnie Goldberg

Are you ready for some serious toe tapping, especially if you’re wearing cowboy boots? Do you like to hear flying fiddles racing to the finish line? Might you enjoy a visit to Nashville where country music permanently resides? If the answers are a booming yes, then Summer Theatre of New Canaan has
quite the entertainment for you until Sunday, August 1.

For a heavenly show, two step or sashay over to Waveny Park in New Canaan, to a new tent at 677 South Avenue, for a hearty dose of “Honky Tonk Angels,” written by Ted Swindley, the creator of “Always…Patsy Cline.” Featuring songs from country music heroines like Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn, a trio of powerful singing gals grace us with tunes like “Stand By Your Man,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “9 to 5,” “These Boots Are Made For Walking,” “I Will Always Love You,” “Delta Dawn,” Amazing Grace,” “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” and many more.

Come meet Rebecca Mason Wygal as Angela, Allie Selbold as Sue Ellen and Cat Greenfield as Darlene, three gals who are unhappy with life as it is and
desperately want to run away to pursue their dreams. They find themselves on a Greyhound bus bound for Nashville and soon bond over baloney sandwiches and pork rinds.

After a successful six week run at a club appropriately called Honky Tonk Heaven with a boisterous band including Lexi Bodick on bass, Elena Bonoma on drums, Beth Called on banjo/guitar, Nyssa Grant on violin, Ellie Kahn on md,.keys, bandleader and Ann Klein on steel/lap guitar, the new singing group is ready to go their separate ways. Angela is off to rejoin Bubba and her six kids in her double wide trailer and Sue Ellen is going back to Los Angeles and
her office job while Darlene is determined to make it in Nashville. Unlike most folks, they took a giant risk to make their dreams come true.

For tickets (VIP $65, Reserved Seats $50 and General Admission $30), call 203-966-4634 or go online to boxoffice@stonc.org. Shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. STONC has two shows for kids until Sunday, August 1. “StoopKIds Live!” with book, music and lyrics by Melissa Victor features stories told through the lens of seven young and amazing Black children characters who learn about self confidence and friendship. Shows are 10 a.m. Saturday and noon on Sunday. Come see “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” with Snoopy and the gang on Saturday at noon and Sunday at 10 a.m.
Tickets are VIP $25, Reserved Seats $20 and General Admission $15. Bring your own chairs for general admission. Fill your summer with music, dance and theater courtesy of STONC and have a lot of fun in the process. Y’All come down for a spell.