Kendra Chilson                                The Four Bitchin’ Babes are, top from left, Debi Smith and Sally Fingerett and, bottom from left, Megon McDonough and Deirdre Flint.

Kendra Chilson The Four Bitchin’ Babes are, top from left, Debi Smith and Sally Fingerett and, bottom from left, Megon McDonough and Deirdre Flint.

Musical comedy troupe to perform Saturday

PORT ANGELES — Four Bitchin’ Babes will sing about the experiences of women in Hormonal Imbalance v2.5, a show tonight celebrating 25 years of estrogen-fueled fun.

But the show of musical comedy — set for 7 p.m. in the auditorium at the Port Angeles High School, 304 E. Park Ave. — isn’t only for women, said troupe member Sally Fingerett, one of the original members.

“If any man wants to get points with his gal pal, this is the show to attend, because it is painless. We’re man-friendly. We love our man babes,” she said earlier this week.

“If any guy wants to know what we are talking about at lunch, this is your chance.”

Tickets to the show sponsored by the Juan de Fuca Foundation are from $15 to $35 for adults. Admission is $10 for youths younger than 14.

Ticket outlets are online at http://jffa.org/ and at Port Book and News, 104 E. First St., Port Angeles, and Joyful Noise Music Center, 112 W. Washington St., Sequim.

The Four Bitchin’ Babes troupe is made up of friends from far-flung areas of the country who get together to share songs and experiences and put together shows for national tours.

“We fly in from four different cities. We work up a show and tour,” Fingerett said.

This is their first performance in Port Angeles.

The women write their own material, based on their experiences. Among their tunes are “Bald Headed Men,” “My Kinda Man” and “Take Me Out To Eat,” as well as “I Remember Butter” and “L.A.F.F (Ladies Against Fanny Floss).”

“When we tour together, somebody writes a new song, we put it into the next show we do,” Fingerett said.

“It’s one of the most holistic ways something can be created,” she added. “It’s a very natural process.”

The four members who will appear in Port Angeles are Fingerett of Columbus, Ohio; Debi Smith of Washington, D.C.; Deirdre Flint of Philadelphia, Pa; and Megon McDonough of Chicago, also an original member. Nancy Moran of Nashville, Tenn., rotates with McDonough as the fourth member.

All play guitar and piano. Fingerett and Flint also play bass and Smith also plays Irish bodhran.

All have solo accomplishments. McDonough has been Patsy in “Always Patsy Cline” and performed in Pump Boys and Dinettes. Smith has won nine WAMMIE awards (Washington DC Area Music Awards for her music). Flint has had her “Boob Fairy” song used in a TV episode of “Nip/Tuck.” And Fingerett wrote a song that Peter, Paul and Mary recorded on both their “Lifelines” CD and PBS show.

“There are always four women on stage,” Fingerett said. “Each gal takes her turn in the spotlight. She becomes the diamond brooch and the other three members are the velvet that shows her off.

“It’s shtick. It’s songs. It’s a lot of fun.”

The troupe started in 1990 when Christine Lavin, a songwriter in New York, decided to put together a road show after she released a compilation CD of folk songs, “On Winter’s Night.”

She, Fingerett, McDonough and Patty Larkin of Cambridge, Ma., toured through Chicago, Boulder, Colo., Salt Lake City, Seattle, San Francisco, Boston and New York, ending the tour in Washington, D.C.

In D.C., the troupe recorded their show — and that became the first of nine recordings that, Fingerett said, have become “wildly successful” and sparked a series of tours — with rotating members — for the past 27 years.

“If someone were to say 27 years ago that I’d still be doing this, I wouldn’t have believed them,” Fingerett said.

“It’s been an amazing group of women. What we are and what we represent are all the different roles women play.”

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Executive Editor Leah Leach can be reached at 360-417-3530 or at lleach@peninsuladailynews.com.

Kendra Chilson                                The Four Bitchin’ Babes are, top from left, Debi Smith and Sally Fingerett and, bottom from left, Megon McDonough and Deirdre Flint.

Kendra Chilson The Four Bitchin’ Babes are, top from left, Debi Smith and Sally Fingerett and, bottom from left, Megon McDonough and Deirdre Flint.

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