Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories is the critically acclaimed autobiographical solo musical, told through hilarious and heartfelt story and song, of Faye’s childhood in her mother’s beauty salon in Texas. Faye, on a stage bare except for a microphone and her accompanist at a piano, recounts the memories of a fat little girl sitting on the front porch in a glittered-up Burger King crown, dreaming of telling stories and singing songs on the stage. The show is the Winner of the New York International Fringe Festival’s Overall Excellence Award for a Solo Show, the MAC Award for Special Production and the Bistro Award for Musical Comedy. After a long residency at New York’s legendary SoHo Playhouse, these glittered-up memories of a Texas Green Bean Queen have been adored by audiences throughout the country and around the world.
Faye’s unique blending of story and song led New York Magazine to say “She had them gobbling from the palm of her hand… they were howling, crying, falling in love with her.” Faye is a featured author of the New York Times Best Seller The Moth: 50 True Stories and has been featured on public radio’s Peabody Award winning Moth Radio Hour and NPR’s Cityscapes. Directed by the award-winning Jay Rogers, Faye Lane's Beauty Shop Stories features music written by Carol Hall (music and lyrics for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), Keith Thompson, and Larry Rosen.
A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM FAYE
My name is Faye Lane, and I'm a writer and performer living in New York City. But on the inside I'm still Rhonda Faye Gunnels, who grew up in her mama's beauty shop in Texas. Casa Vale Beauty Salon was an old A-Frame house that was converted into a salon, with big mirrors and swivel chairs in the front room and shampoo bowls in the old back bedroom. And on the front porch? A fat little girl in a glittered-up Burger King crown, practicing her beauty queen acceptance speech and dreaming of being a star of the stage!
This show was in development for many years, and thanks to the thriving New York storytelling and comedy communities, I was able to workshop the individual stories in this show on a lot of great stages! In New York, stories and songs from this show have been presented at Caroline's on Broadway, Comix, The Pulse Theater, Stage Left, The Time Out New York Lounge, 92nd Street Y Tribeca, and Joe's Pub at the Public Theater.
And how exciting to have one of them featured in a New York Times Best Seller!
|photo by: Anne Dalin|