Were you heartbroken when The Golden Girls came to an end in 1992? Or maybe when you realized you had binged through all the episodes two decades later because you weren’t even born yet in 1992? You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can drown your sorrows at the forthcoming Golden Girls cafe, but we’ve got just the thing for you in the meantime.
Picture it: The DR2 Theatre in Union Square.
That’s where Jonathan Rockefeller’s That Golden Girl’s Show: A Puppet Parody is opening this month, hot on the heels of the show’s 31st anniversary (it first aired September 14, 1985). This promises to be even better than the new Golden Girls rap— I mean, seriously, who doesn’t want to see Betty White as a talking doll? It’s going to be sweeter than genurkenflurken!
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This isn’t Rockefeller’s first rodeo with The Golden Girls: His earlier parody, Thank You For Being a Friend, sold out in both Australia and Canada. If anyone is going to do the girls justice, he’s the man. He’s also the guy behind the popular U.S. production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, a puppet tribute to the classic kid’s book.
According to production notes, the show will embody everything you love from the sitcom, from “Sophia’s get-rich-quick schemes, to Rose’s tales from St Olaf, Blanche’s insatiable hunt for men and the Fountain of Youth, to Dorothy’s daily struggle to make sense of her life, manage her roommates all the while fending off a certain, pesky ex-husband, once and for all.”
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By the way, this isn’t the only nod to the golden ones coming to the neighborhood: Not far from the DR2 Theatre, the Bea Arthur Residence, a homeless shelter serving LGBT youth, is set to open this winter.
“That Golden Girl’s Show- A Puppet Parody” runs Sept. 19 to Dec. 11 at 103 E. 15th St., Union Square; tickets $69 to $99; through Sept. 25, tickets are $20 if purchased 20 minutes before curtain time via Off Broadway Alliance’s 20at20 promotion.