The Water Coolers bring chatter to the stage

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

No matter the business, office or other gathering place, folks gather around the water cooler to discuss the day’s events – and that’s where The Water Coolers comes in.
The off-Broadway musical-comedy, which debuted in 2002, has fun with every day life and talk in a two-hour show. The hit has moved from off-Broadway to across the nation, with a team of actors and singers presenting shows at concert halls and in corporations like AT&T and Microsoft.
For New York-based actor Peter Brown, who also serves as The Water Coolers’ manager, that means lots of work.
“It’s all a balancing act,” Brown said. “There’s a lot of logistics that have to take place, selling the show. But yes, it’s a lot of fun to perform.”
The Water Coolers is kind of like “Saturday Night Live,” he said, full of funny sketches and funny musical numbers.
“The idea of the show is things people talk about at the water cooler. It can work in an office setting, or it can be at a local church, a supermarket, or a local school, or at a parents’ meeting at the bus stop,” Brown said. “A lot of people compare us to the show ‘The Office,’ but we’re not that cynical about the workplace. It’s even more than that. It’s more than just office humor: it’s what people talk about.”
The Water Coolers have a team of writers who are constantly updating the material, adding in new jokes and new songs.
“At the end of the show, an actress steps forward and sings a version of ‘Proud Mary’ that’s about how we’re addicted to our PDAs. Instead of ‘Proud Mary,’ it’s ‘Blackberry,’” Brown said. “The guys do the full Tina Turner choreography behind her.”
The Water Coolers have performed all over the world, from big cities to rural communities, and they’re always rewarded with lots of laughs.
“The thing that amazes me is how much people relate to it, no matter where they live,” Brown said. “It’s a great time. it’s a great night at the theater.”
sheena.barnett@journalinc.com

Music and laughs
What: Tupelo Concert Association presents The

Water Coolers

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Tupelo Civic Auditorium

Cost: $25

Info: (662) 842-3173 or (662) 840-2658