published Friday, January 6th, 2012

The Water Coolers take wry look at modern world

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    The New York-based singing comedy ensemble The Water Coolers.
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IF YOU GO

What: The Water Coolers.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday.

Where: Conn Center, Lee University, Cleveland, Tenn.

Admission: $20 adults, $10 students.

Phone: 423-473-1114 or 715-5662.

If you've talked about it in the breakroom, at the ballfield or at church, it's likely to be mentioned by The Water Coolers in their wry look at the modern world. They'll perform Thursday at Conn Center on the campus of Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn.

"These are things that people talk about around the water cooler," said Peter Brown, company manager for the New York City-based group of comics and singers, such as "how we're addicted to PDAs and how much we as parents end up selling wrapping paper because [our children] have waited until the last minute."

The event is sponsored by the Cleveland-Bradley Concert Association.

Brown said The Water Coolers, who debuted in New York City in 2000 and opened off-Broadway in 2002, have performed for a corporate client in Southeast Tennessee but have not played in an area theatrical venue.

The group's cast members are veterans of top comedy clubs, Broadway productions or Broadway touring shows, he said.

The Water Coolers were conceived by a consultant/former conference planner and an actor/comedy writer and currently have three touring companies of five performers and a pianist.

Although each company presents what Brown said is a "standard repertoire," the act is updated annually and several new songs were incorporated last fall.

The songs are both original music and parodies of familiar songs, he said. For instance, "Blackberry," the PDA-obsession tune, is sung to the melody of the Tina Turner hit "Proud Mary," he said.

Brown said The Water Coolers appeal to audiences of all ages. He said senior audiences roll at the jokes, but "kids love the show. There's a physical comedy and goofiness that [they] love."

"It's straight up fun," he said. "It's a fantastic show. Time flies by, and the audiences are fully engaged. It's very hip. This is top Broadway talent coming through ... town."

about Clint Cooper...

Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...

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