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'Girls' are back

In September 2008, when "Girls Night: The Musical" dropped in to Shea's Smith Theatre, News reviewer Anne Neville called the affair "an estrogen extravaganza." After a three-year hiatus, the extravaganza picks up right where it left off on Thursday, when the Smith opens a two-week run of "Girl Talk: The Musical."

The musical revue, Louise Roche's sequel to the popular "Girls Night," draws from across a broad spectrum of popular music, from the Pointer Sisters and Aretha Franklin to Carrie Underwood and J-Lo. It takes place in a radio studio in which the hosts of a long-running popular talk show convene to deliver their final episode. Along the way, one can easily assume, characters and audiences alike learn lessons of empowerment and solidarity.

Preview performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday with the regular run opening at 8 p.m. Thursday with additional shows at 8 p.m. next Friday and April 27; 7:30 p.m. April 24-26; 4 and 8 p.m. April 21 and 28; and 2 and 6 p.m. April 22 and 29. Tickets are $40 or $35 for the previews. For more information, visit or call 847-1410.

-- Colin Dabkowski