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What does it mean to be a world premiere musical? World premieres are typically the first formal performance in front of the general public. That being said, there is usually little information about world premieres until after they open. Since BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR is a world premiere and there is not much information about it, we have compiled a list of various TV shows, movies and books that have similar plots, themes or characters to BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR!

Producing artistic director Michael Baron often refers to BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR as the Mean Girls of the early 20th century. In the movie Mean Girls, the new girl Cady Heron is quickly roped into the reign of social queen Regina George. Cady’s journey from innocent foreigner to overcoming the most popular girl in school is similar to main character Bernice Harvey. Bernice attempts to navigate through the cut throat world of country clubs while her cousin Marjorie helps her along the way. Throughout the musical we watch as Bernice becomes the social queen, leaving Marjorie behind. BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR and Mean Girls both emphasize the struggles of girl world and highlight just how far women will go to get what they want.

Piper Chapman, the lead character on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, is similar to lead Bernice Harvey as both characters battle with the struggle of going from good to bad and bad to worse. As Chapman navigates her way through prison, she makes some questionable decisions that get her into trouble and prolong her stay. Bernice demonstrates this quality by listening and taking the advice of her cousin, Marjorie Harvey. Bernice goes from awkward new girl to acceptable woman to rebellious social leader, disregarding those that get in her way. Both characters transform throughout the show, creating new personas and discarding the feelings others.

Lady Sybil Crawley from the popular show Downton Abbey possesses similar qualities to the young women in BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR. As the youngest daughter in the Crawley family, this rebellious, impulsive young lady defies her families wishes by attending political protests and conforming to the social norms of the 1910s. Just as the teens in BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR, Sybil begins to draw closer to the allure of rebellious nature the 1910s.

The book and beloved movie The Princess Bride demonstrates another theme throughout BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR: revenge. In The Princess Bride, Inigo Montoya utters the famous lines “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Montoya dedicated his life to tracking down the six-fingered man who murdered his father. In this scene of revenge, Montoya stops at nothing to avege his father’s death. Marjorie in BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR resents Bernice for coming to town, stealing her boyfriend and becoming more popular than Marjorie intended. In attempt to claim her popularity and social status back, Marjorie pushes Bernice until she has no choice but to bob her hair. But will Bernice take those repercussions laying down? Will Bernice take Marjorie’s revenge lightly or will she come back with a vengeance?

Of course, BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR the musical is adapted from the short story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Originally published in May 1920 in the Saturday Evening Post, the idea behind the short story stemmed from Fitzgerald writing letters to his sister to help with her popularity. The short story was adapted into a movie in 1976 by screenplay Joan Micklin Silver. Playwrights and composers Julia Jordan and Adam Gown have been working on the script for the last 10 years. Baron first saw a reading of the show at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Annual Festival of New Musicals in 2011. All of this hard work has paid off as Jordan, Gown and Baron have been working tirelessly to bring this musical to life.

There’s still time to watch as all the drama unfolds! Don’t miss your chance to witness this world premiere musical at Lyric’s Plaza Theatre! Tickets on sale here or by calling our box office at (405) 524-9312.


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