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Honky Tonk Angels: The Country Music Jukebox Musical

Ted Swindley, former founding artistic director of Houston’s Stages Repertory Theatre, has a knack for creating wildly successful musicals. He created Always…Patsy Cline, one of the top ten shows produced across the U.S. in 1998, and his latest hit is The Honky Tonk Angels, featuring 30 classic country tunes. Currently on stage through Sept. 5 […]

Ted Swindley, former founding artistic director of Houston's Stages Repertory Theatre, has a knack for creating wildly successful musicals. He created Always...Patsy Cline, one of the top ten shows produced across the U.S. in 1998, and his latest hit is The Honky Tonk Angels, featuring 30 classic country tunes.

Currently on stage through Sept. 5 at Stages, The Honky Tonk Angels is the story of three Southern women who leave largely unfulfilling lives behind to travel to Nashville in the hopes of living their dreams. When they meet by chance on the same bus to the country music capital they quickly decide to form their own singing group, The Honky Tonk Angels, and take the town by storm.

The three gutsy women in the Stages production are played by Holland Vavra (Sue Ellen), Chelsea Ryan McCurdy (Angela) and Kelley Peters (Darlene). They joined Houston Public Media's St.John Flynn in the Geary Performance Studio, along with director Mitchell Greco and musical director Steven Jones, to talk about the show and perform some of the beloved songs made famous by great country stars like Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette.

MORE: Video — The Honky Tonk Angels Perform In The Geary Studio (Houston Public Media, Aug. 7, 2015)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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