A new musical that follows the story of the first women to serve actively in the military - the bilingual American telephone operators who worked during WWI.
From the producers: From New York to Paris, from ragtime to jazz, an ensemble of actor-musicians chronicles the story of America's first women soldiers in a new musical by Prospect Theater Company. These intrepid heroines served as bilingual telephone operators on the front lines, helping turn the tide of World War I. They then returned home to fight a decades-long battle for equality and recognition, paving the way for future generations. "The Hello Girls" celebrates the centennial of these groundbreaking women.
"Hello Girls" was the colloquial name for American female switchboard operators in World War I, formally known as the "Signal Corps Female Telephone Operators Unit." During World War I, these switchboard operators were sworn into the U.S. Army Signal Corps. The term was first coined for female telephone switchboard operators in the U.S. Composer-lyricist Peter Mills' musicals include “Illyria,” “Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge,” “The Flood” and “The Taxi Cabaret.” He also wrote the lyrics for “The Honeymooners,” which premiered at Paper Mill Playhouse. He received the 2011 Cole Porter Award, the 2010 Kleban Award for lyrics, the 2007 Fred Ebb Award for emerging songwriters, 2006 Drama Desk Award nominations for his show “The Pursuit of Persephone,” the 2003 Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award from the ASCAP Foundation, and a 2002 grant from the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation.
The girls of "Hello Girls" are portrayed by Ellie Fishman, Chanel Karimkhani, Lili Thomas, Skyler Volpe, and Cathryn Wake. Completing the cast are Arlo Hill, Andrew Mayer, Matthew McGloin, Ben Moss, and Scott Wakefield. Co-author Cara Reichel directs.