Horizon Theatre’s Hit Musical COWGIRLS Opens May 16


Cowgirls at Horizon TheatreBack in the saddle for Horizon’s 30th Anniversary Season, it’s classical versus country in Cowgirls by Betsy Howie and Mary Murfitt. The New York Times heralded “[Cowgirls] wrings every last drop of tipsy moonshine humor from its crossbreeding of classical and country” and that it is “a joyous slapstick hoedown” during its Off-Broadway premiere at Minetta Lane Theatre. Get ready to kick up your heels and lasso your friends and family for some hoedown hi-jinks in this musical romp. Cowgirls runs May 16 – June 29, 2014. Performances are Wednesday through Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 3 PM and 8:30 PM, and Sunday at 5 PM. Tickets are $25-$45. Tickets and information are available at www.horizontheatre.com or 404.584.7450.

Horizon originally opened Cowgirls in June 1998, and played for sold-out audiences for nine weeks. Packed with witty, fun tunes, such as “Don’t Call Me Trailer Trash,” “Kingdom of Country” and “Saddle Tramp Blues,” it was remounted for a four week run at the 14th Street Playhouse in 1999. The AJC called it “irresistible” and raved “an outstanding cast brings down the honky-tonk.”

Beethoven meets Blue Grass in this hilarious musical. Back in the saddle for the 30th anniversary season, this laugh-filled, toe-tappin’ good time and long-running Off-Broadway hit was a sold-out sensation. A trio of classical musicians wind up accidentally booked as the featured act for the grand re-opening of a once Opry-esque roadhouse. The Coghill Trio has been mistaken for the Cowgirl Trio! Can they abandon Handel for Hank Williams and become country music heroines in just 24 hours?

Classical clashes with country when the Trio travels to Rexford, Kan. and meets Hiram Hall’s bumpkin employees. There’s Mickey, a 20-something divorcee with stars in her eyes, songs in her heart and notches in her bedpost. She’s backed by Mo, her biggest fan, who’s happy to sling chili and crunch numbers as long as Hiram Hall’s a-rockin’. Their gutsy boss and surrogate mama is Jo Carlson, recent heir to Hiram Hall and its debt. With bankers nipping at her heels and the opening night countdown on, Jo must place her bets on these madrigal Mandrells and tutor their achy-breaky turnaround.

The Trio that transforms from highbrow to high hair is led by Rita, the expectant pianist who is seven months into a nine-month deadline to figure out what to do with the rest of her life.  Fellow musician Mary Lou, the trio’s perfectionist violinist, finds out that the “A” in type-A personality might just stand for adventure. Lee, the karma following cellist ruled by the moon and tides, discovers the virtues of Aquanet, fringe and acrylic nails. By uniting to save Jo and Hiram Hall from “the jaws of poverty and misfortune,” the Trio finds friends in low(brow) places and discovers the lil’ bit of boot-scootin boogie in all of us.


Horizon Artistic Associate Heidi Cline McKerley, who wowed audiences with her smash hit production of Horizon’s Avenue Q, is back to helm a top notch ensemble cast. Avenue Q won the 2011 Suzi Bass Awards for Best Musical and Best Director. She has directed numerous Horizon productions, including Elemeno Pea, End Days (Suzi nominated), The Watercoolers (Suzi nominated), The Spitfire Grill, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and Horizon’s original production of Cowgirls, among others.


Betsy Howie, who wrote the book for the show, originated the role of Mo in Cowgirls OffBroadway, having played it previously at the Old Globe Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Florida Studio Theatre and Caldwell Theatre. As a playwright, her credits include Yours, Truly (Westbeth Theatre Center) and The Bridal Fit (Judith Andreson Theatre). Since Cowgirls she has written books for children and young adults, including Snow, Callie’s Tally, and most recently the picture book The Block Mess Monster. She is a graduate of NYU and attended Interlochen Arts Academy on scholarship.

Kansas native Mary Murfitt conceived the music and lyrics for the show. “What the show’s really about, she says, “is that hard work, trying and believing will bring you success.” An actor, singer, writer, and musician, Murfitt is also the co-creator of the Off-Broadway musical Oil City Symphony. Murfitt’s biggest compliment came in the form of a back-stage visit from one of the show’s influences, Dolly Parton, who said, “I’d play any of those cowgirls.  If you don’t want to do the show some night, just tell me.” In addition to its long run Off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre, Cowgirls, has been produced at regional theatres around the country, including the Old Globe Theatre in California and the Caldwell Theatre in Florida.


Cowgirls is the perfect outing for the entire family! Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. Horizon has a lounge space available for rental for pre-show gatherings. Contact Marketing & PR Manager, Kelundra Smith at 404.523.1477 x111 for more information.


General admission tickets for Cowgirls are $25-$45. Tickets may be ordered by phone at 404.584.7450 or online at www.horizontheatre.com. The show runs May 16 – June 29, 2014. Performances are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 3 PM and 8:30 PM; and Sunday at 5 PM. Ticket prices are subject to change. Eight percent sales tax will be added to all ticket orders. Internet convenience fee added to all online orders. No refunds, exchanges, or late seating.