Visit KURVES, TEXAS and fall in love with eight quirky characters of Maxine’s Gym — you know people like this (or wish you did!).
The show debuted March 1, 2, 3, 2012 to rave reviews at The Rialto Theater in Denison, Texas. The show returned by popular demand October 11, 12, 13, 2012 at The Rialto.
For licensing and/or perusal contact SHOJAI-STEELE-PLAYS @ shojai.com (no spaces) with KURVES in the subject line.
KURVES, THE MUSICAL features fun ensemble characters with depth that can be performed by high school to college, church or community theater, regional or professional groups using a minimal set–or as extravagant as you wish. (Note: we borrowed “workout” equipment from the cast).
This two-act 2 hour musical comedy features 12 songs in styles ranging from ballad to blues, jazz to gospel. A piano/vocal score is available for rehearsal or performance, and the orchestration is prerecorded to make rehearsals user-friendly with a professional performance sound for any size theater. The following sample/trailer was created from Mike Marlow’s video of a performance.
SONG SAMPLES FROM REVIVAL CAST
MURDER SHE WROTE’S TOM SAWYER SAYS:
“Brava to you Amy, and Bravo to you, Frank! The tunes and lyrics are lovely and adorable. I wish you great success with it — and everything else! My warmest good wishes. — Tom Sawyer, author, screenwriter, playwright
HERALD DEMOCRAT’S LYNETTE GEORGE SAYS:
“Kurves provides comedy mixed with original music…they’ve brought the top-notch talent audiences have come to expect. The audience learns about each [character via conversations and original songs–some poignant and some extremely funny. Kurves is musically entertaining…just what the doctor ordered.”
“Punch lines come fast and furious in Steele and Shojai’s challenging script that is matched perfectly with a cast that seems equally adept at tossing out jokes or belting out show tunes.” Allen Rich —North Texas E-News review & pictures
Meet Maxine, the cross-dressing owner of a run-down woman’s gym–a safe hangout where friends gather to work on problem thighs and problem lives. Mabel is the many-times-married director of a soup kitchen. Mousey poetry teacher Jane wants to make an impression at her next high school reunion (Someone Must See Me). And insecure newlywed Ronnie grew up on the wrong side of the tracks but married the “town catch” and feels unworthy of his love (The Picture).
Two inept small-time crooks throw curves into everyone’s lives when they break into the gym and hold up the women (Pitching Woo). Boots needs money to buy a cool car to attract that perfect lady–he can’t resist spouting pickup lines with each breath (You’re The Chick For Me). Fingers quotes movies (Silver Screen Blues) so he won’t sound dumb and guards his treasure-filled Superman lunchbox to avoid ridicule.
When a familiar-looking stranger arrives (Dreams For Sale), Celia discovers a decades-old betrayal after the robbers break the key in the door and everyone gets locked inside (The Dream). Tempers flare (Suck It Up, Sweetheart), romance blooms (Poetry & Jazz) and secrets are confessed (Happy)—just why has Maxine/Max masqueraded as a woman for 30 years? Only the arrival of the “town catch” assistant district attorney Troy reveals the truth behind Max’s secret life (Curves). Ultimately, all discover they had what they needed all along (Life Happens).