MYRTLE BEACH, SC (September, 5, 2018) – Legends In Concert and Troupe America, Inc. are proudly bringing the national touring show Church Basement Ladies to Myrtle Beach, SC running eight performances January 16-20, 2019.  Church Basement Ladies is the “Recipe For Laughter You Have Been Waiting for.

A celebration of the church basement kitchen and the women who work there, Church Basement Ladies is a  musical comedy featuring four distinct characters and their relationships as they organize the food and solve the problems of a rural Minnesota church about to undergo changes in 1965. From the elderly matriarch of the kitchen to the young bride-to-be learning the proper order of things, we see them handle a record-breaking Christmas dinner, the funeral of a dear friend, a Hawaiian Easter Fundraiser, and, of course, a steaming hot July wedding. They stave off potential disasters, share and debate recipes, instruct the young, and keep the Pastor on due course while thoroughly enjoying and tolerating each other as the true “steel magnolias” of the church. Funny and down to earth, these ladies will be familiar to any audience as they witness the church year unfold from below the house of God.

Church Basement Ladies uses the popular Scandinavian Lutheran humor writings of “The Lutheran Ladies,” Janet Martin and Suzann Nelson, authors of a host of humorous books, the most famous being GROWING UP LUTHERAN. The script is by Jessica Zuehlke and Jim Stowell with music and lyrics by composer Drew Jansen, who gave us the music for the popular long-running HOW TO TALK MINNESOTAN, THE MUSICAL.

The production is produced and directed by  Executive Director, Curt Wollan, whose mother was such a church basement lady that their church named its kitchen stove after her!  It is choreographed by Wendy Short Hays, designed by Jared Grohs, costumed by Trina Benedict, with musical direction by Dennis Curley and lighting design by Scott Herbst.

Tickets are currently on sale, and can be purchased at LEGENDSINCONCERT.COM or by calling Box Office at 800-960-7469. Group discounts for 15+ are also available by calling 800-955-3436.


Troupe America, Inc. was founded in 1987 by Producer/Director Curt Wollan. Since Troupe America’s inception, It has grown from a small theatrical production company operating a theatre in Minneapolis to a nationally recognized production company producing on the national touring circuit, and providing a convention and industrial services division providing talent and equipment for major corporate events.  It came on the national touring circuit in 1987 with a “bus and truck” production of the musical THE 1940’s RADIO HOUR and a new holiday production of MR. PICKWICK’S CHRISTMAS. Since then, there have been tours of A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES, THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI – co-produced with the Lamb’s Theatre of New York – FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, DRIVING MISS DAISY and STEEL MAGNOLIAS – co-produced with Big League Theatricals, and Troupe America’s own national tours of ON GOLDEN POND, BABES IN TOYLAND, PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, RING OF FIRE, THE ODD COUPLE (starring William Christopher and Jamie Farr), HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY (starring Jason Petty), MOON OVER BUFFALO (starring Gavin MacLeod), THE SUNSHINE BOYS (starring Dick Van Patten and Frank Gorshin) and SAME TIME NEXT YEAR (starring MacKenzie Phillips and Adrian Zmed). Troupe America is also proud of its world premier tours of Stephen King’s’ GHOST STORIES and Buffy Sedlachek’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL. THE CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES and it’s 5 sequels have all recently been toured by Troupe America. LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE was produced in 2015 for a national tour.


Legends in Concert is celebrating 35 years of success this year, and claims the title of longest-running production show in Las Vegas.  Owned and operated by On Stage Enterprises, LLC, Legends in Concert debuted at Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino in 1983 and later moved to Flamingo Las Vegas and Casino in 2013 in conjunction with the show’s 30-year anniversary. Initially introduced as a limited six week engagement, this Las Vegas staple now performs 10 shows a week, year round in the historic Donny and Marie Showroom, recently voted best showroom by Review Journal’s Best of Las Vegas. Packed with all-star talent and powerhouse vocals from some of the world’s top tribute artists, the legendary show entertains audiences of all ages. The tribute artists perform using their own natural voices, and are backed by a live band that rocks the house with vivacious back-up singers and dancers who bring the performances to life. In addition to Las Vegas, On Stage produces Legends shows in such markets as Atlantic City, Branson, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Long Island, Myrtle Beach, Niagara Falls, in Waikiki at the Royal Hawaiian Theater, Melbourne, Australia, and on the high seas aboard the Norwegian PEARL.