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PHOTO BY SUSAN MORGENSTERN MunOpCo PHOTO BY SUSAN MORGENSTERN MunOpCo "Shout!" cast, left to right: Terri Williams, Kristen Morgenstern, Jillian Ross, Geri Kery, Linda Sherer

Munopco debuts 'Shout!'

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Victoria Lang, a co-creator of "Shout! The Mod Musical," which makes its Lehigh Valley debut in the MunOpCo Music Theatre production, 8 p.m. June 28, 29 and 2 p.m. June 30, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1533 Hamilton St., Allentown, is pleased to see the show being done in "her own backyard."

"I had a phone call from Victoria Lang," says Larry A. Williams, MunOpCo artistic director who is directing "Shout!" "She lives in Brigantine, N.J. She said the show is touring all over the world and it's nice to see that someone in her own backyard is doing it."

The five-character, all-female musical was created by Philip George and David Lowenstein as a revue. "I worked with them to put it into a full book musical off-Broadway," Lang says in a recent phone interview.

"Shout!" was first presented at the Amas Musical Theatre, New York City, where Lang served on the board. The show was part of the first New York Musical Theater Festival in 2003.

"Shout!" was produced by Lang, P.P. Piccoli, Brent Peek and Mark Schwartz Off-Broadway at The Julia Miles Theatre, opening in 2006 and playing for six months before touring nationally and internationally since 2007, including Ireland, Australia and Tokyo.

"Shout!," set in swingin' London of the 1960s, focuses on the lives and problems of five women in their 20s, 30s and 40s. The women send letters to Gwendolyn Holmes, a Shout! magazine advice columnist. Lang says she added "The Mod Musical" to the title of the show,.

The characters are simply called the Yellow girl (Terri Williams), the only American character in the show, who travelled to Britain to see The Beatles' Paul McCartney; the Orange girl (Linda Sherer), a married woman; the Blue girl (Jillian Rossi), a wealthy woman; the Green girl (Geri Kery), a free spirit; and the Red girl (Kristen Morgenstern), who is the youngest.

There's the off-stage voice of Gwendolyn (Darice Hoffmann), the advice columnist, and a narrator (Larry Williams).

A pop-rock band, conducted by Williams, includes Dot Hemerly, keyboard; Bob Kayle, keyboard; Paul Demarest, bass; and Jeff Dreas, drums.

The two-hour show, with a 15-min. intermission, has 29 hit songs from the '60s, including "Downtown," "Georgy Girl," "I Only Wanna Be With You," "Shout!," "Son of a Preacher Man," "These Boots Are Made for Walking," "To Sir With Love," Windy," "Wishin' & Hopin,'" "Wives & Lovers" and "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me."

Williams notes that "Shout!" is intended for mature audiences. There's some suggestive language and subject matter which may not be appropriate for younger audiences.

Tickets: 610-437-2441, and at the door