Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30 pm
Saturdays & Sundays at 2 pm
Directed by Wendy Jones Hill
“Thrilling, smart, human, and sardonically feminist...there is a palpable sense of filling in an important blank: showing an adventurous female presence in the war story we thought we knew.” - The New York Times
From New York to Paris, from ragtime to jazz: The Hello Girls chronicles the story of America’s first women soldiers in this new musical inspired by history. These intrepid heroines served as bilingual telephone operators on the front lines, helping turn the tide of World War I. They then returned home to fight a decades-long battle for equality and recognition, paving the way for future generations. Commissioned and premiered by New York City’s Prospect Theater Company, The Hello Girls celebrated the centennial of these groundbreaking women in its Off Broadway debut in Fall 2018, and was nominated for both Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle Awards.
Tickets ($25-$38) on sale through the Overture Center Box Office in person, online, and at (608) 258-4141.
CREDITS: Music and Lyrics by Peter Mills. Book by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel. The Hello Girls: A New American Musical is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. www.theatricalrights.com
Jennifer Chiaverini, New York Times bestselling author of The Resistance Women, recently published Switchboard Soldiers: a novel of the heroic women who served in the US Signal Corps during WWI. Available in print and audio book, we were inspired to produce THE HELLO GIRLS after reading this work of historical fiction. Learn more.
Check out this article, "The Hello Girls - Women Telephone Operators during WWI" from The Unwritten Record for the National Archives to learn more about the first women to be recruited as soldiers in the US military and to see photos of them in action.
The cast album of THE HELLO GIRLS is available in audio CD and digital form via the show website.
Support for this production provided by the Pleasant Rowland Foundation, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and the Fund for Theater, a component fund of the Madison Community Foundation. Additional support provided by PBS Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio, Distillery Design, and Park Printing Solutions.