Sweet Potato Queens Party

Those Sweet Potato Queens sure know how to party at opening night celebration

The Sweet Potato Queens know how to party at opening night celebration

Amy Pierce, Rob Pierce, Jill Connor Browne, Neil Bush, Maria Bush at Sweet Potato Queens party
Amy Pierce, Rob Pierce, Jill Connor Brown, Neil Bush, Maria Bush. Photo by Kim Coffman
Melissa Manchester, Rupert Holmes, Sharon Vaughn at Sweet Potato Queens party
Melissa Manchester, Rupert Holmes, Sharon Vaughn, Photo by Kim Coffman
Joan Cohen, Natalie Cohen at Sweet Potato Queens party
Joan Cohen, Natalie Cohen. Photo by Kim Coffman
Jill Connor Browne, Ernie Manouse at Sweet Potato Queens party
Ernie Manouse, left, takes a selfie with Jill Connor Browne. Photo by Kim Coffman
Caroline Millington, Grace Pendland at Sweet Potato Queens party
Caroline Millington, Grace Pendland.
J.J. Smith at Sweet Potato Queens Party
J.J. Smith samples a Sweet Potato Queens delicacy — Pig Candy.   Photo by Kim Coffman
Gaurdie Banister, Simone Banister, Deborah Stavis, Monte Stavis at Sweet Potato Queens party
Gaurdie Banister, Simone Banister, Deborah Stavis, Monte Stavis. Photo by Kim Coffman
Marley Wisnoski, Bruce Lumpkin at Sweet Potato Queens party
Marley Wisnoski, Bruce Lumpkin.
Kathryn Porterfield, Debbie Yowers at Sweet Potato Queens party
Kathryn Porterfield, who stars in The Sweet Potato Queens, and Debbie Yowers. Photo by Kim Coffman
Becky McAndrews, Joan Cohe, Adrienne Brown-Franklin samle cat shit cookies at Sweet Potato Queens party
Becky McAndrews, Joan Cohe, Adrienne Brown-Franklin sample cat shit cookies at Sweet Potato Queens party. Photo by Kim Coffman
Charles Thornburg, Carol Thronburg at Sweet Potato Queens Party
Charles Thornburg, Carol Thornburg. Photo by Kim Coffman
Meredith Phillip-Tcholakian, unidentified, Jill Conner Browne, Raffi Tcholakian, Adrienne Brown-Franklin at Sweet Potato Queens party
Meredith Phillip-Tcholakian, George Ewing, Jill Conner Browne, Raffi Tcholakian, Adrienne Brown-Franklin. Photo by Kim Coffman
Tricia Ratliff, Alan Ratliff, Jill Conner Browne at Sweet Potato Queens party
Tricia Ratliff, Alan Ratliff, Jill Conner Browne. Photo by Kim Coffman
Larry Whaley, Charlotte Whaley, Steve Mechler, Laurie Mechler at Sweet Potato Queens party
Larry Whaley, Charlotte Whaley, Steve Mechler, Laurie Mechler. Photo by Kim Coffman
Amy Pierce, Rob Pierce, Jill Connor Browne, Neil Bush, Maria Bush at Sweet Potato Queens party
Melissa Manchester, Rupert Holmes, Sharon Vaughn at Sweet Potato Queens party
Joan Cohen, Natalie Cohen at Sweet Potato Queens party
Jill Connor Browne, Ernie Manouse at Sweet Potato Queens party
Caroline Millington, Grace Pendland at Sweet Potato Queens party
J.J. Smith at Sweet Potato Queens Party
Gaurdie Banister, Simone Banister, Deborah Stavis, Monte Stavis at Sweet Potato Queens party
Marley Wisnoski, Bruce Lumpkin at Sweet Potato Queens party
Kathryn Porterfield, Debbie Yowers at Sweet Potato Queens party
Becky McAndrews, Joan Cohe, Adrienne Brown-Franklin samle cat shit cookies at Sweet Potato Queens party
Charles Thornburg, Carol Thronburg at Sweet Potato Queens Party
Meredith Phillip-Tcholakian, unidentified, Jill Conner Browne, Raffi Tcholakian, Adrienne Brown-Franklin at Sweet Potato Queens party
Tricia Ratliff, Alan Ratliff, Jill Conner Browne at Sweet Potato Queens party
Larry Whaley, Charlotte Whaley, Steve Mechler, Laurie Mechler at Sweet Potato Queens party

What: The Sweet Potato Queens World Premiere Opening Night Party.

Where: Founders Club Salon at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

The scoop: Tiaras, oversized cat-eye glasses and pink feather boas filled the room as guests celebrated the new musical based on Jill Conner Browne's best-selling books about sisterhood and self-empowerment that have spawned more than 6,000 chapters in 22 countries. Browne joined Grammy-award winning pop star Melissa Manchester, who wrote the music, Tony award winner Rupert Holmes, who wrote the book, and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Sharon Vaughn, who wrote the lyrics, in praising the production, which is part of the TUTS Underground series.

Phoenicia Specialty Foods catered the affair, using cheeky recipes from Conner Browne’s The Sweet Potato Queen’s Big-Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner)Hors d’oeuvres included tuna salad and ham and cheese sandwiches, deviled eggs, "Pig Candy" (brown sugar lacquered bacon),  Crab-and-Artichoke “Queen Dip,” paired with the “Queso Pig-Etarian Dip,” and “Bitch Sexy Meatballs with Sexy Red Sauce.”

For dessert, such delicacies as "Cat Shit Cookies" (sugary chocolate confections), "The Pumpkin Stuff that Dorothy Makes," and "Linda's Killer Cake with No Apples" were served, along with custom Sweet Potato-Cinnamon hot and cold-brewed coffee from Katz Coffee, and custom cocktails. The cast cut into a three-tiered bright green and magenta cake amid much applause.

The production runs through Sunday at the Hobby Center.

Who: Joining in the fun were Rob and Amy Pierce, Neil and Maria Bush, TUTS artistic director Bruce Lumpkin, TUTS associate artistic director Marley Wisnoski, Alan and Tricia Ratliff, J.J. Smith, Ernie Manouse,  Joan Cohen, Charles and Carol Thornburg, Chris and Cindy Foushee, Bart and Becky McAndrews, Gaurdie and Simone Banister, Monte and Deborah Stavis, Larry and Charlotte Whaley, Brian and Shelly Hendry, Joel Szulc, Randy and Sandy Stilley, Adrian and Deborah Shelley, and Jeff and Elyse Cross.

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