The Church Basement Ladies Musical Comedies
To date, six musical comedies have been written, produced, and thoroughly enjoyed by audiences throughout the nation. All of the plays are based on Martin and Nelson’s books, especially their best seller, Growing Up Lutheran.
The first play, Church Basement Ladies, opened September 8, 2005 at the Plymouth Playhouse (in Plymouth, MN, a suburb of Minneapolis) and closed March 2, 2008. Since then it has been touring nationally. A week after the first show closed, the sequel, Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping, opened at the same theatre running through October 2009. True to form, the third play, Away in the Basement, with a church basement Christmas setting, opened a week later at the Playhouse and ran through the holiday season closing at the end of January 2010. It was repeated at the Plymouth Playhouse during the 2010 holiday season. The fourth show, A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement, opened in August of 2011 and ran through September of 2012. The “Last (Potluck) Supper”, the fifth in the series, ran from August 2013 through June 2014. The sixth musical, Rise Up O’ Men ran in 2017. All of the shows have been on a national tour.