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Golden Girls bring glitter to town

The group's slogan is intriguing: "Over 50... So What?"

To Dolly Roberts, Barbara Gale, Lois Silver and Francesca, being older than 50 simply makes you one of the Golden Girls, the name they chose for their comedy and song show.

"It's like the song Sunrise, Sunset," Ms. Roberts said from her Miami Beach home this week. "We don't know we're growing older."

They prove it will high kicks, high comedy and high opera.

The four will do their show at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Pasco-Hernando Community College Performing Arts Center.

"This is a production, not just one act after another or individuals doing spots," Ms. Roberts said.

Golden Girl director Patsy Abbott and creative writer Evelyn Rose wrote the show, called Red, Hot and Blue to suit the talents of the group.

Ms. Roberts does Le Jazz Hot; Lois Silver sings Musetta's Waltz from Puccini's La Boheme; Francesca does comedy bits such as The Doctors and Carmen and the First Woman President; and Barbara Gale tells stories about grandchildren and honeymoons. All four do a medley of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin favorites.

"Everyone can enjoy the show, but I don't say it would be for people in their 20s and 30s," Ms. Roberts said. "It's not what they enjoy today."

Indeed, the writers are quick to clarify the show's name.

"This brand-new show is red hot and blue, but don't worry about the blue," they write. "It stands for purity of great talent along with outstanding and vibrant voices and even high kicks and dancing."

People who went to the now-defunct Showboat Dinner Theatre in Clearwater in 1979 and 1980 might remember Ms. Roberts. Back then, she was a team with her husband Jack Mancell; their show was One Thousand and Two Nights, with Ron and Joy Holiday and Argentine dancers.

Now he writes for her current group and helps ferry them on the condo circuit from Miami Beach to Palm Beach. Last season, the Golden Girls performed regularly at the Fountainbleu Hilton Hotel in Miami Beach.

The group has performed in the Tampa Bay area several times, but not at PHCC and not this show, Ms. Roberts said. "This one is all new," she said.

The stop is one of five in the area and the only one open to the public on the Nature Coast.

"Everyone in the show thinks you have the most wonderful audiences on the West Coast of Florida," she said. "People are so down to earth, so appreciative, really, most are out to enjoy themselves, very spontaneous, outgoing and warm."

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