Fans of GUIDING LIGHT remember Frank Dicopoulos as Springfield top cop Frank Cooper, but the actor is portraying a much different character in the new jukebox musical, Calling All Divas. As the owner of a struggling nightclub, Dicopoulos auditions four female singers in the hopes of turning things around. “We have one who’s a country western singer,” he previewed to Soaps In Depth, “one’s kinda rock, and one is a subway singer.”
Unable to pick just one of them, Mr. D merges the four of them into a group called the “Un4gettables.” “The show empowers women,” Dicopoulos explained. “Because initially, they’re kind of competitive, but then throughout the musical, they start helping each other. They’re a team and they’re gonna work together.” And as a group, the divas sing hit songs from artists as varied as Etta James, Carole King, Kelly Clarkson, Whitney Houston, and Tina Turner.
“I loved being on stage,” Dicopoulos confided of his turn as the beleaguered club owner. “The whole live element of immediate response from an audience and just the excitement of being on stage.” But in addition to starring in the show, the GL alum is also a producer, helping to bring to the stage the vision of its creator, Franke Previte. “He’s very humble,” he alum said of the songwriter. “He wrote the song “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life” for the movie, Dirty Dancing. Won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for it. He’s just a great guy.”
Calling All Divas will have its world premiere performance on Saturday, March 2, at the Keswick Theater in Glenside, PA, at 8 p.m. ET. For more information and to purchase tickets to this one-of-a-kind musical experience, visit www.keswicktheatre.com.
“We did [a performance] for friends and family and one of industry and got rave reviews,” Dicopoulos revealed. “The investors were there and they loved it. They gave us the green light to develop it and take it further and that’s what we’ve done.” And if everything goes according to plan, Calling All Divas will be taking the show on the road so it may be coming to your neck of the woods! Keep an eye on www.callingalldivas.com for updates.
For more from Dicopoulos on the show and what else he’s been up to lately, don’t miss his interview in an upcoming CBS issue of Soaps In Depth magazine!