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The Water Coolers are coming to Fowler Center, Nov. 18; Workplace Fuels Award-winning Comedy Group that Sings

11/02/2012

JONESBORO — Fowler Center at Arkansas State University will present the third show in its 2012-13 season, a quirky comedy revue by a troupe that highlights what we talk about at work on Sunday,  Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.

The Water Coolers (www.seethewatercoolers.com) will offer Jonesboro their unique blend of comedy, original songs and song parodies based on the foibles and experiences everyone talks about around the water cooler at work…or just wish they could.  The sponsor for this show is Sodexo.

Conceived by one of the creators of the long-running New York hit “Tony n' Tina's Wedding,” The Water Coolers celebrate – and skewer – work, life, and balancing the two.  From pretending you understand what the IT guy is saying ("The IT Cowboy") to fending off aggressive sales parents ("Who Will Buy This Crap For My Kid's School") to the inflated inner dialogue of the cute guy in the office (“Male Office Hottie”), The Water Coolers reveal the underpinnings of workplace life in hilarious and insightful songs and sketches performed by Broadway veterans.

“The Water Coolers’ take on work and life is needed now more than ever,” said Dr. Wendy Hymes, the director of Fowler Center.  “The performances are top notch and their observations are on the money.  We’re excited about bringing them to Jonesboro.”

Hailed as “ . . . a breezy, satirical ‘Dilbert’-like musical revue that tickles the ears and funny bones” by the Associated Press and acclaimed by E! Entertainment Television and reviewers across the country, The Water Coolers’ dead-on observations are drawn from the real life experiences of the creators, cast and crew. 

Executive producer Sally Allen is a former management consultant; the unique writing staff includes successful, working New York composers and comedy writers and people who still have their day jobs in sales or publishing, plus one retired CEO.  The show and the team are led by actor/comedy writer Thomas Michael Allen, a creator of the smash hit “Tony n' Tina's Wedding.”

The cast includes seasoned Broadway talent, with the current company members’ performing credits including “Rock of Ages,”  “The Drowsy Chaperone, ” “Spamalot, “Wicked, ” “The Lion King, ” “In The Heights, ” “Les Miserables, ” “Mamma Mia, ” and “Grease. ”

All seating is reserved, and tickets may be purchased at the ASU Central Box Office in the Convocation Center, 217 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro, or by calling (870) 972-ASU1 (2781) or (888) ASU FANS (278-3267). Tickets are also available online from the ASU Central Box Office, http://www2.astate.edu/tickets/, and from Fowler Center, www.yourfowlercenter.com.

Tickets are $30 and $20 for adults, and $23 and $15 for senior citizens and students, $24 and $16 for faculty and staff, and $10 and $6 for ASU students with a current ID.

For more details, contact Dr. Hymes at Fowler Center, whymes@astate.edu or (870) 972-3471.

About The Water Coolers:  Founded in 2000 by a management consultant and a creator of “Tony n' Tina's Wedding,” The Water Coolers are the leading professional musical comedy troupe with an exclusively workplace slant.  Based in New York City, The Water Coolers’ original songs and song parodies capture trends in the working world with wit and insight for theatrical audiences and special events throughout the U.S. 

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