The Church Basement Ladies Musical Comedies
To date, nine 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 theater 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, began in 2013, with the sixth musical, Rise Up O’ Men, wrapping up a 10-year Church Basement Ladies musical run at the Plymouth Playhouse in 2017. With the opening of You Smell Barn in 2018, performances were moved to the Ames Center in Burnsville, which also hosted 2019’s Christmas show, Hark! The Basement Ladies Sing, which ended January 10, 2020. The first seven shows have been on a national tour throughout the years. And recently added to the bill, the 9th musical comedy, Church Basement Ladies: Plowin’ Thru, which will be running at the Ames Center through February 15, 2023.