There’s a saucy new musical opening at Capital Repertory Theatre this week. Single Girls Guide is set in the swinging, Mad Men-era 1960s—a pretty world of cocktails and fab parties. As the press notes promise, “It’s the fun and fizzy story of Emma, a spirited newspaper columnist in 1966 Manhattan who wants more out of life and plans to get it by dishing out advice . . . and serving up her own brand of love to men and women everywhere.”
If the “Emma” reference is an obvious nod to Jane Austen, “single girls” is a tip of the hat to longtime Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown—and Brown’s troublemaking book Sex and the Single Girl.
For reasons that remain mysterious, we happen to have an original 1962 copy of Miss Brown’s Sex and the Single Girl (sixth printing, alas) here in the office. Her flirty tome contains advice on everything from sex to careers and cooking, with the emphasis on s-e-x.
Sounds like a recipe for a fun show, doesn’t it?
Previews of Single Girls Guide begin tomorrow (March 1) at Capital Repertory Theatre (11 N. Pearl St., Albany). The official opening night is Tuesday (March 5), and the show will run through March 30. Tickets are $16-$70. Call the box office at 445-7469 for tickets, shows and times.