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Food Fight!

Also see John's interview with writer/producer Alan Jacobson

Mane Stage Productions presents the world premiere production of the musical comedy Food Fight! at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre.

Set in a modern day health club, Food Fight! is a musical revue with parody lyrics to popular songs in the style of Menopause the Musical. The show takes a look at the impact that food has on the human body, and the pleasures and neuroses that are linked to it. It comedically covers issues like dieting, exercise, plastic surgery, cooking show gurus and much more.

Writer/producer Alan Jacobson has cleverly rewritten the lyrics to popular songs for this four-woman show that suit both the subject at hand and the talents of the cast. Vic Glazer has written tight, wonderful four-part harmonies that provide a fresh sound for some of these familiar songs. The vocal blend of the cast throughout the show is spot on, and it is a genuine pleasure to hear voices able to handle harmonies so well.

Kevin Black has choreographed this production with great precision. When the cast is not dancing, they are creating pictures with their staging. There is just enough color on stage with props and costumes to add interest without distraction. The use of the pilates balls in the song "Big Balls Are a Girl's Best Friend" and the costumes for "You Gotta Have Some Sugar" are sure audience pleasers.

Missy McArdle, Vicki White, Patti Gardner and Maribeth Graham
Each of the women get a chance to display their individual talents in Food Fight!. Patti Gardner is best in the song "Look At Me, I'm Rachel Ray," Maribeth Graham in the song "Forty" and Vicki White in "I Will Be." The two best solo moments belong to Missy McArdle: a comedic "If I Were a Size Two," sung to the tune of "If I Were A Rich Man", and a belted "I'm Fat and I'm O.K." to the tune of "Don't Rain On My Parade." The latter clearly strikes a chord with many women more so than any other in the show, and it seems to emerge as an anthem.

So, if you've ever wanted to lose weight, suffered through the latest fad diets, had too many cosmetic surgeries to count (or better yet, your wife or partner has), this show is for you. Alan Jacobson tells us that you're bound to burn calories watching, laughing and having a good time at Food Fight!, and I am inclined to agree!

Food Fight! will be appearing at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre through October 28, 2007. The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is a 550-seat, nonprofit, community-based Equity regional theatre belonging to the League of Resident Theatres. This theatre employees both local and non-local Equity and non-union cast and crew members. The theatre is located at 1001 Indiantown Rd. (just off of A1A) in Jupiter, FL. Show times are Tuesday - Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., and Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.. For tickets to this show, and complete information on the theatre's offerings, you may contact them by phone at 561/ 575-3332 or 800/ 445-1666, and on line at

Mane Stage Productions is a member of the Theatre League of South Florida hiring both local and non-local Equity and non-union performers. For more information on Mane Stage Productions you may reach them by phone at 561-242-5033 or by email at

Cheryl Corn: Patti Gardner*
Carla Cook: Maribeth Graham*
Connie Pizzarelli:Missy McArdle
Cindy Burger: Vicki White

Director: Andrew Rogow**
Music Director/Arranger: Vic Glazer
Choreography: Kevin Black
Scenic Design: G. Benjamin Baxley
Lighting Design: Miguel Ferreira
Costume Design: Jenna Hoefert
Stage Manager: Jennifer Murphy

*Designates a member of Actor's Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage managers in the United States.

**Designates a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

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-- John Lariviere

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