Boston-Originated Hit Musical Monsters! Makes Triumphant Return Home

Feb 17, 2012

Boston-Originated Hit Musical Monsters! Makes Triumphant Return Home

Who:      Gail Phaneuf, Playwright/Producer
What:      Monsters! the Midlife Musical Meltdown
Where:      The Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA
When:      Saturday, 2/25 – Saturday, 3/10

Composer Ernie Lijoi’s lyrics to make Broadway debut this fall in It Should’ve Been You, most recently staged by David Hyde Pierce, starring the epic Tyne Daly
Mila Kunis’s body double, actress Jennifer Fogarty steals the show in her captivating role as the “birthday stripper”

Boston-based collaborators playwright Gail Phaneuf and composer Ernie Lijoi collaborated on this project for years before the world premiere in 2006

Created to feature roles for 4 women in their 40’s, a rare opportunity for actresses offered by very few musicals

Features Boston favorite actress Cheryl McMahon who originated the role of “Mother” in the world premiere, 2006

Every day we observe ambitious young 20-somethings racing through the years at breakneck speed, aspiring to maturity, respect and triumph.  Suddenly 40 arrives, their youth screeches to a halt, triggering the age-old realization “Half of my life is over!”, the plague of the generation!

The reality of turning 40 is captured in Boston originated musical Monsters! A Midlife Musical Meltdown, hitting the stage at The Regent Theatre, opening next Saturday.  Back by popular demand, Monsters! triumphs through years of development and regional productions after a rousing 2006 world premiere in Boston, home to playwright/composer team Gail Phaneuf and Ernie Lijoi. 

Paralyzed at that very thought, NY stockbroker Samantha seeks clarity in her cup half-full of coffee: “I’ve been half focused, half resolved, half in control of my life!”  Instantly the dreaded 40-year milestone becomes the launching pad for the half of her life ahead “Plenty of time to do what I want to do!”  But what to do?  How will she muster the resolve to tear down her Monsters and invigorate her future?  This universal topic comes to life through witty characters and side-splitting humor not to be missed!

Monsters! has taken a road sparked by many highlights, including high-profile New York City industry readings featuring Broadways stars including Andrea McArdle, Cady Huffman, Joy Franz, Ann Harrada and Nicolette Hart.  Most recently Monsters! was produced at The Deertrees Theatre in Harrison, Maine.

Performances will be held at the historic Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St. (off Mass. Ave.) in Arlington, from Saturday, February 25 through Saturday, March 10, 2012. Reserved seats range from $20-$30, with discounts available to groups and students.  The Regent is MBTA and handicap accessible with free parking in the municipal lot across the street. For show times and to purchase tickets, please visit, or call the box office at 781-646-4849.  For further information, or to listen to sample recordings, visit