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Successful soap-opera star and pop singer Heather Jones is about to debut her new nightclub act. Sparks fly when her manager Joe Epstein shows up for the final rehearsal and Jones insists on being the woman she has become — not the one of her manager's and fans' preconceived notions.

"I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road" is a musical comedy about women's liberation that was first produced by Joseph Papp in 1978 at the Public Theater in New York City. It was such a hit that it was moved to the Circle in the Square Theatre in Greenwich Village and ran for almost 1,200 performances. Set during the feminist movement of the '70s, the show attracted such stars at Betty Buckley, Carol Hall, Virginia Vestoff and Phyllis Newman to play the lead role.

The show, with book and lyrics by Gretchen Cryer and music by Nancy Ford, will preview Thursday, Oct. 6, and open Friday, Oct. 7, at Camelot Theatre, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 6.

"Getting My Act Together" was produced in 1981 in London's West End and, eventually, around the world. It was recorded in five languages.

Not only the writer of "I'm Getting My Act Together," Cryer also starred in its initial performances at the Public Theatre.

A scriptwriter for daytime television for about 20 years, including "As the World Turns," Ford has received two Emmys, an Obie, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award and two Writers Guild Awards.

Cryer and Ford met at DePauw University in Indiana and eventually became the only female composer-lyricist team in New York theater. The two collaborated again on the sequel "Still Getting My Act Together," which ran in June at the York Theatre.

Camelot's production stars Livia Genise as Jones, Bob Jackson Miner as the manager Epstein and Julianna Wheeler and Hannah Gassoway as Jones' backup singers Cheryl and Alice, respectively. Roy Rains directs, choreography is by Audrey Flint and musical direction is by Karl Iverson.

Tickets cost $12 for the preview. All other tickets cost $23, $21 for seniors and students. A pay-what-you-can performance will be offered at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12. Reserved seating is available for an additional $2 per ticket.

Tickets are available at the box office, at or by calling 541-535-5250.

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