Good Ol’ Girls

| August 7, 2014

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GOOD OL’ GIRLS To Be Broadcast on UNC-TV Friday, August 8, at 9 pm.

Good Ol’ Girls, the popular musical based on stories by Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle, is set for another broadcast on UNC-TV, North Carolina statewide public television, on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm.

“This is a show for and about all kinds of women and the men who love them,” says Jill McCorkle. “A good ol’ girl knows that big hair and a big heart do not mean a small mind! We are presenting women we have all known – mostly Southern — as they come to terms with some big issues in life. These women don’t shy from the issues — love, marriage, pregnancy, work, abuse, faith, family and aging. And they have some laughs. Plus the music is just fantastic!”

Good Ol’ Girls is a true collaboration. Inspired by Lee Smith’s writings, Matraca Berg, a top country songwriter approached fellow Nashville hit-maker Marshall Chapman about creating a musical. Chapman knew Smith from their Nashville days in the 1970s so they met to begin the process. Smith’s friend and fellow writer Jill McCorkle brought more great stories to the table. They all worked with UNC-Chapel Hill’s Paul Ferguson and Raleigh musicians Joe Newberry and Julie Oliver to create a stage show that toured throughout the southeast 2006-2008. Eventually Good Ol’ Girls was produced off-Broadway.

The UNC-TV version was directed by Bo Thorp at Cape Fear Regional Theatre in Fayettteville in April, 2008. The part-rowdy-part-poignant production features an all-Southern cast: Pamela Bob, Kendra Goehring, Libby Seymour, Gina Stewart, Cassandra Vallery and Liza Vann. 

Backing up the stellar cast is a group of good ol’ guys: Big Mike & the Milkmen. Original Red Clay Rambler Mike Craver served as the show’s music director/band leader with Steve O’Connor, Jeff Stone and Guy Unger.

Good Ol’ Girls was recorded for broadcast by veteran producers Donna Campbell and Georgann Eubanks of Minnow Media, with direction by Michael Sheehan.

“You see the range from childhood to the nursing home,” says McCorkle. “You can see your mother, your aunts, all the women you have known and loved. You can see yourself.”

Like spoken and sung journal entries, Good Ol’ Girls shows that there’s more to these women than just what’s on the surface. So let your hair down, put your feet up, and let loose with a few amens!

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