Honky Tonk Laundry
Honky Tonk Laundry
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Move over, Thelma and Louise! When Lana Mae Hopkins, owner and proprietress of the Wishy Washy Washateria, hires Katie to help out in the laundromat, they soon find themselves up to their elbows in soap, suds, and cheatin’ hearts. Watch these two country angels join forces to turn their good ol’ laundromat into a bootscootin’ honky-tonk, exacting a touch of revenge against those that done ‘em wrong, and all while guaranteeing every customer a good, clean time! Take a ride to Nashville heaven in this new musical from Roger Bean (The Marvelous Wonderettes, Life Could Be A Dream).

Featuring the music of Carrie Underwood, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Sugarland, Sara Evans, Dixie Chicks, Chely Wright, Dolly Parton, Pam Tillis, Jo Dee Messina, Gretchen Wilson, Terri Cark, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline!


Lana Mae and Katie are up to their elbows in soap, suds, and cheatin’ boyfriends at the Wishy Washy Washateria. When these two country angels join forces, they turn their good ol’ Laundromat into a boot-scootin’-boogie honky-tonk, guaranteeing every customer a good, clean time. Take a ride to Nashville heaven, and get your shirts pressed on the way!

Act I shows our girls when they first meet in the Laundromat. By the end of the act, they’ve helped each other discover their true potential, and Katie has helped Lana Mae move toward her dream of being a country western singer.

Act II is the first performance in the newly-redecorated ‘Honky Tonk Laundry,’ and both girls assert themselves as incredibly strong and independent single women.





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  1. I Need a Vacation
  2. Why’d You Come In Here Looking Like That?
  3. Stand By Your Man
  4. Born To Fly
  5. Independence Day
  6. Long Time Gone
  7. Before He Cheats
  8. Jezebel
  9. Cleopatra, Queen Of Denial
  10. These Boots Were Made For Walkin’
  11. Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love
  12. Wide Open Spaces
  13. Who I Am
  14. My Give A Damn’s Busted
  15. He’s A Good Ole Boy
  16. Potential New Boyfriend
  17. One Good Friend
  18. Grand Ol’ Laundry Medley:
  19. Smile
  20. Goodbye Earl


Lana Mae Hopkins: Lana Mae runs the Wishy Washy Washateria. She’s been in a bad marriage for five years, but is oblivious to her husband’s philandering and cheating. Her thoughts regarding marriage and love are throwbacks to the fifties, as evidenced by her rendition of ‘Stand By Your Man.’ It is only when Katie helps show her the truth that she is able to break free of her old thoughts. She dresses brightly and uniquely, her hair is larger than normal, and she lives her life through colorful Southern colloquialisms. Cheerful, bighearted, a real diamond-in-the-rough. Mezzo-alto with strong belt. 

Katie Lane Murphy: Katie finds a job working for Lana Mae in the laundry, and sets out to help Lana Mae break free from her husband. At the same time, Katie is struggling with her own obsession with her ex-boyfriend, who still figures prominently in her imaginary love life. KATIE is a bit more prim and proper than Lana Mae, with a touch of neurosis thrown in for good measure, and her accent is not nearly as strong. Katie learns from Lana Mae how to open up and face her fears, especially after the "pills kick in." Mezzo-Soprano with strong belt.

Setting: The entire play takes place inside the Wishy Washy Washateria in a small town in Tennessee, present day.

Roger Bean created the long-running off-Broadway hit The Marvelous Wonderettes (Westside Theatre), along with the sequels Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns, Winter Wonderettes, and Wonderettes: Dream On. Original cast albums for all Wonderettes shows are available from iTunes and Amazon. The Marvelous Wonderettes received the 2007 LA Ovation Award for Best Musical for its record-breaking Los Angeles run and continues to be an audience favorite in regional and amateur theatre companies throughout the country. Mr. Bean revisits Springfield, USA with his newest jukebox hit Life Could Be A Dream. With a record-breaking 12-month run in Los Angeles, the show received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, the LA Weekly Theatre Award, and the Backstage Garland Award for Outstanding Musical.    

Mr. Bean wrote and created the popular jukebox musicals Summer of Love, The Andrews Brothers, Route 66, Honky Tonk Laundry, and Why Do Fools Fall In Love?, all currently available through licensing agent Steele Spring Stage Rights. Additional musicals created by Mr. Bean include Don't Touch That Dial!, That's Amoré, and Beach Blanket Bash. Mr. Bean is currently the president of Steele Spring Stage Rights, the foremost independent theatrical publisher in the United States. 

Performance Royalties are based on theater particulars. Please fill out an application for a personalized quote.

Billing responsibilities, pertinent copyright information, and playwrights' biographies are available in the show rider that comes with your license agreement. To download the show rider for Honky Tonk Laundry, click here.

"TERRIFIC!" —Los Angeles Times

"WOW! EFFERVESEVENT! A jukebox musical treat!" –StageScene LA

"WONDERFUL! PERFECT! MORE HITS THAN YOU CAN SHAKE A STICK AT! The audience is promised a "Foot-Stompin', Hand-Clappin', Honky Tonk good time" and they get it!" —Stage and Cinema 

"Blows the roof off the place! If you're looking for lots of full-out laughter, this is it! —Broadway World

"HEARTWARMING! Honky Tonk Laundry is definitely a place you don't want to leave. You will absolutely enjoy every second of this show. I know I did!" —The LA Beat 

"This show sparkles onstage!" —Tin Pan L.A. 

"YEE-HAW! Honky Tonk Laundry is foot-stompin', knee-slappin' fun!" —Los Angeles Examiner

Pick of the week! —Greater Milwaukee Today/Time Out 

Critics' Choice! Shepherd Express Metro 

“Boot scootin’ “Honky Tonk” makes for a tasty southern treat” —OnMilwaukee.com

“Grab a hankie, then boogie down!” —Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel 

"Witty dialogue, old music presented in an exciting and fresh new way and talented performers creating an enjoyable evening — even for non-country music fans." —The Marquette Tribune

Materials: your materials will be sent to you two months prior to your opening date and will include everything necessary for your production and can be ordered in Printed or Digital format. Printed Materials are provided on unbound three-hole punched loose-leaf paper while digital Materials are provided via email as downloadable PDF files for you to print in-house. All materials are yours to keep! No deposits, no returns.

The required materials for Honky Tonk Laundry include: 

Production Scripts, Piano/Conductor Score, Vocal Scores 

Orchestrations: Piano/Keyboards, Guitar 1, Guitar 2, Bass, Drums

Available Products: 

Print Edition – Beautifully bound scripts available at wholesale costs to sell in your lobby! 

Director's Script – Single-sided script with space for director’s notes. 

Performance Tracks

Logo/PR Pack – Includes high-resolution artwork, ready-designed posters, reviews and pull quotes, and reference photos