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UK and Off-Broadway Smash Hit, Girls Night: The Musical, Premieres at Paradise Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on April 30

Enjoy an evening of laughs with the ladies when Entertainment Events, Inc. presents Girls Night: The Musical; premiering at Paradise Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on April 30. The show will run through May 22. Tickets are on sale Friday, February 26 at 1 p.m.

Girls Night: The Musical has earned rave reviews playing packed houses throughout the United Kingdom since 2003.  It premiered in the U.S. in 2007 and has toured across the country since then.  It has been described as “Desperate Housewives meets Mamma Mia!” (Applause Magazine), “a boisterous, bust-out, bawdy musical ” (Wisconsin State Journal), “an infectious, exhilarating sense of intoxication!” (Hollywood Reporter) and “As funny and outrageous as Sex in the City!” (The Advocate). “It involves the audience deeply and sincerely in a way that the current Broadway production of “Hair,” in its earnestness, can only envy” (Backstage Critic’s Pick)

Hilarious and touching, Girls Night: The Musical follows five friends in their 30s and 40s during a wild and outrageous girls night out at a karaoke bar.  Friends since their teens, they have all had their fair share of heartache and tragedy, joy and success.  Among the characters are Carol the party girl, blunt Anita who tells it like it is, Liza with her marital (and eating) issues, boring Kate the designated driver and Sharon, the not-so-angelic angel who just couldn’t resist tagging along.  Together, they reminisce about their younger days, celebrate their current lives and look to the future, all the while belting out an array of classic anthems such as “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” “Lady Marmalade,” “Man, I Feel Like a Woman” and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”

Girls Night: The Musical, written by Louise Roche and directed by Jack Randle, stars Lucy Speed (EastEnders) and Gwyneth Strong (Only Fools and Horses).

The story behind Girls Night is an inspiration to any writer still waiting for their big break.  One night, Louise Roche, a mother of three children under the age of five, went out with a group of friends to see a musical.  She looked around the theater, saw that the audience was mostly women and thought, “I could do this…I could write a show that lots of women would enjoy watching.”  So she did.  She went home and wrote her first play, Girls Night, a musical comedy about a group of friends who relive the past on a wild night out at a karaoke club!  She put it on with some of her friends at the local community theatre, enlisting additional family and friends to design the posters, set and costumes. The play sold out its entire run and gained legendary status in the area.

Roche has written and produced six plays: Girls Night (UK Tours 2003, 2004 and 2006), Bobby and Johnny (UK Tour 2005), Girls Behind (UK Tour 2005), Checkout Girls (Milton Keynes 2005), Lucky Balls (Milton Keynes 2002) and Milton Keynes The Musical (Milton Keynes 2002) and has written for television, She also has a novel, Glutton for Punishment, published in paperback by Pan books.

Director Jack Randle studied drama at Exeter University and has acted with the Leda Theatre, Nottingham; Theatre of Fact, Milton Keynes; New Victoria Theatre, Stoke; Theatre Alibi, Exeter; Forced Entertainment, Sheffield and M6 Theatre Company, Rochdale.  He also played Dylan in the UK tour of The Magic Roundabout for David Graham.  He more recently starred as Bobby D’Angelo in Bobby and Johnny (Milton Keynes, 2003).  Television has included EastEnders, Emmerdale, Cracker, Out of the Blue and more.  His directing credits include Girls Night (UK Tours 2003, 2004, 2006), Bobby and Johnny (UK Tour 2005), Girls Behind (UK Tour 2005), Lucky Balls (2002) and Frankie’s Game (1999).

Tickets cost $45, $55 & $80 (VIP Packages).* All seats are reserved and available at the Hard Rock Live Box Office, open Monday – Saturday from noon to 7pm and on Sunday – only open on event days at noon. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open one-hour prior to show start time. *Additional fees may apply.

About Paradise Live

Paradise Live is the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s newest entertainment venue opening in June 2008. A 600-seat theatre located in Seminole Paradise, Paradise Live offers guests a variety of entertainment including live music, music festivals, plays, musicals, talent shows and special events. Paradise Live also host weigh-ins and press conferences for several of Hard Rock Live’s sporting events. For more information on Paradise Live please visit

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