EXCLUSIVE: Romy Teaches Michele How to Lie in Musical Adaptation of 'High School Reunion'


From cult classic to the stage!

From Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion screenwriter Robin Schiff comes a new musical stage production adapted from the story about two inseparable best friends who reinvent their lives when they reunite with their former classmates.

The show, currently running from June 8 to July 2 at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, stars Cortney Wolfson (Kinky Boots on Broadway) as Romy and Stephanie Renee Wall (Disney’s Frozen Live) as Michele, the titular roles made iconic by Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow.

The stage version features original music and lyrics by Orange Is the New Black composers Gwendolyn Sanford and Brandon Jay. And ET has an exclusive look at one of the show’s ’90s-inspired numbers, “The Lie Will Set Us Free,” sung by Wolfson and Wall.

MORE: Lisa Kudrow Says She's Up for a 'Romy and Michele' Sequel

After running into the wildly successful Heather Mooney, Romy and Michele rethink attending the reunion. Romy eventually convinces Michele that they don’t need to actually be successful. They just have to pretend. “The song begins with Romy attempting to teach Michele how to lie,” the composers explain.

As the movie celebrates its 20th anniversary, Sanford and Jay tell ET that they’ve been delighted to see “both young and old enjoy the musical so much -- even those that either never saw the movie, or hadn’t see it in years.”

While the show hopes to go on tour and eventually land on Broadway, nothing formally has been announced beyond this limited run in Seattle. But considering the response, audiences can hope to see more in the future. “We can’t wait to see what the next chapter is for this show!” Sanford and Jay say.

MORE: Lisa Kudrow Reflects on 'Romy and Michele' 20 Years Later

For ticket information, visit: www.5thavenue.org