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Dana Matthow
WaistWatchers The Musical!
December 14, 2018 – January 13, 2019

The High-Energy Musical Comedy about Food, Friendship, Fun, and the Universal Journey to Positive Self-image Heads to Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Mile

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com  / 561-445-9244

November 12, 2018

CORAL GABLES, FL:  The show that has had audience members “burning off pounds just laughing,” according to the Los Angeles Times, WaistWatchers The Musical! will spend five fun-filled weeks at Miracle Theatre.  Produced by Dana Matthow and starring four talented local actresses, including award-winning performer Mimi J, who wowed audiences recently in I Will Survive, the musical takes a lighthearted and hilarious look at women dealing with their relationship to food, diets, body image, and fitness, while celebrating the transformative power of female friendship on the journey to self-acceptance. Capturing audiences of all ages from start to finish, the production will run from December 14th through January13th at the popular Coral Gables theatre.

“Women have described WaistWatchers The Musical! as an empowering vehicle – one that defines happiness as confidence, laughter and love,” says the show’s producer Dana Matthow. “WaistWatchers The Musical! encourages women to reject the social pressures of achieving the mirage of so-called perfection and to simply embrace themselves for who they are.”

Boasting successful tours across the country in over 20 cities, including an upcoming international tour across Australia and New Zealand, WaistWatchers The Musical! is full of high-powered energy. The production is 90 minutes of non-stop exercise, song, and dance, featuring three women and their exuberant younger trainer, as they all tackle the universal issues of dieting, exercise, plastic surgery, sex, and self-love.

Krissy Johnson, will direct and choreograph the production, taking over from the show’s original director Matt Silva. Johnson has been part of the WaistWatchers family for over 3 years, performing in the show’s national tour first as Cheryl, and then as Carla.

The show’s original choreographer Dani Tucci-Juraga describes it best – “WaistWatchers The Musical is about strong, sensitive, passionate and evolving women who function best with humor, grit, and good friends by their side.  As choreographer, getting to work with the cast is much like the plot. We are there to support each other and above all, laugh.”

WaistWatcher’s musical director is the show’s composer, Vince DiMura, who has provided original music to accompany creator Alan Jacobson’s clever lyrics.

Along with Mimi J, who will play Cheryl, the WaistWatchers cast includes Jordana Forest as Cindy, Sara Elizabeth Grant as Carla, and Angela Thomas as Connie.   Nicole Stav will pull double duty as the show’s MC and Stage Manager.

WaistWatchers The Musical! will run from December 14, 2018 – January 13, 2019 at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre. The theatre is located at 280 Miracle Mile, in Coral Gables (33314).  Tickets for WaistWatchers The Musical! are $49-$59. Group rates (12 or more) are also available. Tickets may be purchased on line at waistwatchersthemusical.com or www.actorsplayhouse.org/ or by phone at 305-444-9293.  For group rates call 305-504-5020.

For more information about Waist Watchers The Musical please visit waistwatchersthemusical.com , or contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com  / 561-445-9244.

Waist Watchers The Musical!
December 14, 2018 – January 13, 2019

Creator, Book and Lyrics by Alan Jacobson
Music by Vince Di Mura
Tickets: $49 – $59
Phone: 305-444-9293
On line: wwww.waistwatchersthemusical.com / www.actorsplayhouse.org/
Group Sales (12 or more):305-504-5020
Show Times:
Wednesday at 2 pm & 7 pm
Thursday at 7 pm
Friday at 8 pm
Saturday at 2 pm and 8 pm
Sunday 3 pm
All performances will take place at
The Miracle Mile
280 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33314
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Alan Jacobson

ALAN JACOBSON (Creator, Author & Lyrist) Born in New York City and raised on Long Island, Alan is a true renaissance man. He is a former clothing manufacturer, world-class track and field athlete and actor. He has had his own theatre and entertainment company for many years, including many years in Palm Beach County, and has produced more than 80 productions around the country, with two, If You Ever Leave Me I’m Going With You and Down the Garden Paths, reaching Broadway and Off Broadway. Not only does he fill the roles of producer, actor, director and coach, but with the hit production WaistWatchers The Musical!, he adds the title of playwright. The production (which was originally titled “Food Fight”) premiered in 2007 at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, ran for 6 months at The Plaza Theatre in Palm Beach County, 3 months at the Broward Stage Door Theatre, and has continued to tour nationally. Alan produced WaistWatchers The Musical! for several years until turning it over to Dana Matthow in late 2015. Alan lives in Jupiter with his wife, Melissa. Their sons, Noah and Eli, go to UCF and the University of Miami.

VINCE Di MURA (Musical Director, Music Composer) Vince is an award-winning composer, arranger, jazz pianist and musical director. He has appeared on concert stages and theatres throughout North America, Canada, Europe and Latin America. He currently serves as the Resident Composer and Musical Director for the Lewis Center of the Arts at Princeton University. Vince is best known for his arrangements of “My Way: A Tribute to the Music of Frank Sinatra,” I Left My Heart: A Tribute to Tony Bennett,” and “Simply Simone.” Vince is also the author and curator of “A Conversation with the Blues,” a 14-part web instructional series on improvisation through the blues. Produced by Soundfly Inc., Vince has five CDs on the market, including the 2000 release, “Imperfect Balance,” the 2007 release, “A Darker Shade of Romance,” 2008 release, “For Lost Words,” in collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Yusef Komunyakaa, the 2010 release, “California Sage:” (with James Leary on Bass and Fritz Wise on drums) and the 2012 release, “Love Was,” a second collaboration with poet Yusef Komunyakaa.

DANA MATTHOW (Producer) is a Long Island-born native New Yorker whose theatrical career spans 35 plus years of producing, general management, theatre management, advertising, and promotions.  His credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Touring Productions:  Kingdoms starring Roy Dotrice, Armand Assante, and Maria Tucci, A Jew Grows in Brooklyn, Carnival Knowledge, a behind the scenes look at the astounding and disappearing world of the American Sideshow, Magic Hands Freddy starring Michael Rispoli and Ralph Macchio, Underneath the Lintel, Maybe Baby It’s You, Grandma Sylvia’s Funeral (a/k/a the longest running funeral in history), Hysterical Blindness starring Leslie Jordan, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy!, You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!, RESPECT – A Musical Celebration of Women, My Son the Waiter – A Jewish Tragedy, The Calamari Sisters, and his first show, Sea Marks by Adventures in Paradise star Gardner McKay. For 10 years Mr. Matthow owned and operated the Soho Playhouse in New York City.  For the screen he produced the feature film Silent Prey.  He is also the founder and original publisher of City Guide Magazine, New York’s #1 visitor and entertainment guide.


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