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 and exact a touch of revenge against those that done ‘em wrong, 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, Reba McEntire, Sara Evans, Dixie Chicks, Chely Wright, Dolly Parton, Pam Tillis, Gretchen Wilson, Terri Cark, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, and Patsy Cline!


Act I

Overworked small-town Tennessee laundromat owner Lana Mae Hopkins is left high and dry by flighty Wishy Washy Washeteria employee Janell ("I Need A Vacation"), when who should walk in but Katie Lane Murphy, fresh from a breakup with her no-good boyfriend ("Why'd He Come In Here Lookin' Like That?"). Lana Mae tells Katie her best bet for keeping a man is the old-fashioned way ("Stand By Your Man"), and Katie is more than willing to take Lana Mae up on her offer of a Xanax, as well as the job that’s just become available. Lana Mae has been working at the Wishy Washy since her Nana left it to her ("Who I Am"), having given up on her long-ago dream of becoming a country music star in Nashville. Katie reveals her own hidden secrets ("Independence Day"), and the two begin a strange and beautiful new friendship as they dream of days gone by ("Long Time Gone"). Days later, Katie is up to her old tricks again, having followed her boyfriend from the Krispy Kreme with a date on his arm ("Before He Cheats"). While Lana Mae encourages Katie to give up on her boyfriend, Katie tries to help Lana Mae see that her husband Earl is also stepping out behind her back. Lana Mae refuses to even consider the notion until she finds Earl's very recognizable briefs in one of her best customer's load of laundry ("Jezebel"). Katie pushes Lana Mae to face the truth ("Cleopatra, Queen of Denial"). When Lana Mae finally decides that Earl is a no-good-cheat, she decides to go back to her first love, singing onstage, recruiting a protesting Katie to be her partner in their new Honky Tonk endeavor ("These Boots Were Made For Walkin'").

Act II

Curtain up on the newly christened Honky Tonk Laundry ("Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love"), where Lana Mae finds herself at ease onstage ("Born To Fly"), and Katie finds it necessary to stock up on a Xanax or two to get through the evening. Lana Mae always knew she was meant for big things ("Wide Open Spaces"), having been encouraged by her Nana and mother to find her own place in the world ("Smile"). Now feeling the full effects of the Xanax and a beer, Katie finds her good-fer-nothin' boyfriend in the audience and gives him a piece of her mind ("Take It Back"). With the house lights up, they spy Earl in the audience ("He's A Good Ole Boy"), and Katie finds someone new to look after ("Better Keep Your Hands Off My Potential New Boyfriend"). Lana Mae and Katie are now having the time of their lives onstage, acknowledging their newfound friendship ("One Good Friend"). They launch into a special tribute to the women of the Grand Ole Opry ("Grand Ole Laundry Medley: You're Lookin' At Country / I Fall To Pieces / D-I-V-O-R-C-E / Yodeling At The Grand Ole Opry"), finishing with a grand and masterful yodeling duet. They thank the audience, inviting them to return and ending with a song about two good friends who had a singular problem ("Goodbye Earl"). With a final farewell ("Finale Ultimo"), the new Honky Tonk Laundry is complete.





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 50s, 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.

  1. I Need A Vacation
  2. Why’d He Come In Here Looking Like That?
  3. Stand By Your Man
  4. Who I am
  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. Born To Fly
  13. Wide Open Spaces
  14. Smile
  15. Take It Back
  16. He’s A Good Ole Boy
  17. Potential New Boyfriend
  18. One Good Friend
  19. Grand Ole Laundry Medley
  20. Goodbye Earl
  21. Finale Ultimo

Performance Royalties are based on theater particulars.

Billing responsibilities, pertinent copyright information, and playwrights' biographies are available in the show rider that comes with your license agreement.

"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

"There is no message, no take-away except a minor pain in your side from laughing so hard." —BroadwayWorld

"Fresh, funny and — and since it takes place in a laundromat — “clean”. —Sun Gazette

Materials: 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 Production Package for Honky Tonk Laundry includes:

  • 2 Cast Script and Vocal Book
  • 2 Director's Script
  • Logo Pack
  • Orchestrations
  • 2 Piano/Conductor Score
  • Stage Manager's Script


  • Conductor/Keyboard
  • Guitar 1 (Acoustic/Electric)
  • Fiddle/Guitar 2 (Acoustic)
  • Bass (Acoustic/Electric)
  • Drums

Official Logo Pack Now Included!

To help you promote your show, Stage Rights now includes a logo pack with your license. The logo pack includes high resolution versions (both color and black and white) of our show logo. The logo is the portion of the artwork with the title of the show. The surrounding artwork is also available for an additional fee.

Production Resources:

  • Performance Tracks
  • Rehearsal Tracks - Tracks for each role with the individual character played at full volume, other parts at half volume.
  • Sound FX Tracks