Funny, You Don't Look Like A Grandmother
Co-Book and Co-Lyrics by Lois Wyse and Sheilah Rae
Music by Robert Waldman
Based on the #1 NY Times Bestseller by Lois Wyse
Published by Samuel French
2M, 4/5 F
Funny, You Don't Look Like a Grandmother is a humorous, heartwarming revue that looks at modern grandmothers in a whole new light. These are the women who have thrown away the granny glasses, shapeless black dresses and Red Cross shoes and replaced them with cute little tennis dresses, skis and a condo in Florida. The show celebrates these changes with skits and songs about everything from what to name the grandmother to her availability as baby sitter, her job, her friends, her activities, her new interest in shopping, but most of all, her relationship to that incredible new baby and its parents. Whether you are a grandparent or a grandchild, every generation of your family will love this show!
Broadway Preview Series, Hayes Theatrical Center, Winston-Salem, NC with Juliet Prowse, Nancy Dussault, Karen Morrow, Marilyn Cooper. Ron Kumin, Producer; Ted Pappas, Director/Choreographer. March 1993- April 1993.
Tour: Royal Poinciana Playhouse, Palm Beach, FL, Parker Playhouse, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Dupont Playhouse, Wilmington, DE starring Carol Lawrence. Pace Theatrical Group, Producer; Tony Stevens, Director/Choreographer. Winter 1995.
Cumberland County Playhouse, Tennessee-(5 month run)- Jim Crabtree, Producer and Director. 1997.
Santa Monica Playhouse, Santa Monica, CA. (14 Month run) Vimax Music with SMP, Producers. Chris DeCarlo, Director. With Zina Bethune (alternating with Evelyn Rudie), Barbara Minkus (alternating with Marcia Rodd), Jan Daley. 2000-2001
Derby Dinner Theatre, Clarksville, IN., Bekki Jo Schneider, Director. April-June 2003.
Circa ’21 Playhouse, Rock Island, IL, Denny Hitchcock, Producer. Anne Neiman, Director/Choreographer. July, August 2003.
Bristol Riverside Theater, Bristol, PA. Sue Atkinson, Producer/Director. Choreographer: Sharon Halley. November, December 2003.
Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre, Wichita, KS. Ted Morris, Producer. Kathryn Page Hauptman, Director. December 2003-January 2004.
Apple Holler Farm, Jackson, MI Spring/Summer 2004
Cornwell Dinner Theater, Summer 2004
Ft. Salem Theatre, Salem, NY Fall 2004
Showcase Selection: Stages Festival, New Tuners Theatre, Theatre Bldg. Chicago, IL. Producer, Joan Mazzonelli, John Sparks. Director, Thomas Edward West. Performed by the creators. August 2002.
Lois Wyse (Book and Lyrics), the best-selling author of more than 60 published books, has written books for children, five novels (one of which was made into a CBS Movie of the Week), books about business, poetry (Love Poems for the Very Married sold in excess of 500,000 copies), and most recently, books that touch on the topics closest to the heart: family, friendship, home, love. Funny, You Don't Look Like a Grandmother, was on the New York Times' Best Seller List for 19 weeks and appeared as #1 on the paperback list. Women Make the Best Friends has sold 200,000 copies to date. Wyse writes the weekly "Wyse Words", an advice column which runs in newspapers throughout the United States as well as on the internet and has written for many magazines including Vogue, Women's Day, Family Circle and for thirteen years, was a contributing editor of Good Housekeeping. As president of Wyse Advertising, she has been involved in marketing and creative supervision for many well-known companies. She has been named Man of the Year by the Cleveland Advertising Club, an outstanding working mother by Working Woman magazine, and was an honoree of Birmingham College for Women. Wyse is the widow of Lee Guber, the theatrical producer, a mother and grandmother.
Robert Waldman (Music) has spent the majority of his career writing for the theater. Beginning as a protégé fo Frank Loesser, his music has been heard in the World and Broadway premieres of Alfred Uhry's play The Last Night of Ballyhoo, in New York in The Heiress and Voice in the Dark, as well as Florida's Poinciana and Parker Playhouse productions of Funny, You Don't Look Like a Grandmother.He wrote the incidental music for the New York and National Productions of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Driving Miss Daisy, for which he won Chicago's Jeff Award for Best Music for Dramatic Work. Waldman composed the music for Broadway's Here's Where I Belong and The Robber Bridegroom, which was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. His music has been heard in the New York production of Lincoln Center's Ivanov, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, and David Mamet's A Life in the Theater, Peter Panell's The Rise and Fall of Daniel Rocket, Jon Robin Baitz' A Fair Country, The Glass Menagerie, Hartford Stage's musical American Sweetheart, Long Wharf's As You Like It, The School for Scandal as well as the Kennedy Center's musical Swing and The Washington Shakespeare Theater's The Country Wife and Richard II. Performances of Waldman compositions have taken place in film, television, ballets, numerous commercials and concert halls.G. Schirmer publishes illustrated collections of some forty of his piano compositions, among them A Swing Bag: A Rag Bag: A 3/4 Bag: and A Santa Bag.