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  • Brown Forman

January 29 - February 17, 2013

Run Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes

book by Todd Almond
music and lyrics by Matthew Sweet
directed by Artistic Director Les Waters

Nebraska, the 1990s. Two teenage boys—one a social outcast, the other the quintessential jock—explore a relationship during a summer of self-discovery between high school graduation and the rest of their lives. Set to irresistible songs from Matthew Sweet’s landmark pop album of the same name, this rock musical gives voice to those of us who grew up in small towns, those of us who didn’t quite fit in and learned we were somehow different, and anybody who remembers the terror and thrill of first love.

CAST OF CHARACTERS (in alphabetical order)

Will- Ryder Bach
Mike- Curt Hansen


Musical Director- Julie Wolf
Bass- Sara Lee
Guitar- Kelly Richey
Drums- Jyn Yates


Unwind and Plug In with Girlfriend at Actors Theatre on February 7! 


What the critics are saying about Girlfriend

Almond’s intelligent, witty and unabashedly romantic script brims with authentic dialog, astute observations and heart-stopping moments of pure vulnerability” – Erin Keane, WFPL. Full Review

“a winsome crowd-pleaser, a finely acted, delicate and charming romance between two adorable protagonists” – Erin Keane, WFPL

Girlfriend really is fun” – Erin Keane, WFPL

Girlfriend gives audiences, gay and straight, the first love experience any lonely teen could have wished for” – Erin Keane, WFPL

“Girlfriend will help you remember what it was like to be young. And it will leave you with a smile on your face.” – Michelle Rynbrandt, Full Review

“ATL’s production of the musical Girlfriend grabbed my heart, filled it with nostalgia and forced me to recall memories I have often brushed off because they are emotionally powerful. Yet the show also made me smile, and laugh, be thankful for being in love, and just like the Mike and Will of the story, be happy and grateful as I slowly walk into the sunset, holding the hand of the man I love.”- Carlos-Manuel,  Full Review

“This story spoke to me, and it moved me, and it made me feel alive”- Brian Walker,

The singing didn’t feel like the “let’s break into song” of most musicals and almost all “jukebox musicals”…Instead it felt like two guys hanging around belting out songs from their favorite mix tape.  Kind of perfect in that way.”- Melissa Chipman,


Opening Night pics courtesy of NFocus Magazine



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Actors Theater of Louisville
316 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Box Office: 502.584.1205
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