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I just saw a totally charming little musical that should be required viewing for NYC BUSTies and their besties! Written and performed by super-talented real-life BFFs Melanie Adelman and Ellie Dvorkin , MEL AND EL: SHOW AND TELL grabbed me by the ovaries the minute I walked into the Ars Nova theater . The shows' scenic design consists of a Barbie-pink room decorated with tons of amazing '80s ephemera representing the era when the pair met at age 12. As I gawked open-mouthed at their collection of posters and collectibles featuring Madonna, Grace Jones, Michael Jackson, Prince, Lionel Richie, Paula Abdul, Meatloaf, Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, and even a Johnny Depp poster circa 21 Jump Street that I totally recognized from my own Junior High bedroom, I knew these broads were speaking my language.

Then the exuberant pair took the stage, and they weren't just speaking it, they were singing it, dancing it, and generally impressing the hell out of me as they mined their 20-year friendship for all it's worth. I don't want to give away any of the outrageous surprises this imaginative little show dishes up, but suffice it to say it's a girl-culture bonanza that totally affirms why keeping close to your best friend is the best decision a confused 30-something city gal can make.

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Emily Rems is a feminist writer, editor, rock star, playwright, and occasional plus-size model living in New York’s East Village. Best known as managing editor of BUST magazine, Emily is also a music and film commentator for New York’s NPR affiliate WNYC, and is the drummer for the horror-punk band the Grasshoppers. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in the anthologies Cassette from my Ex and Zinester’s Guide to NYC, and her short stories have been published in Rum Punch Press, Lumen, Prose ‘N Cons Mystery Magazine, Writing Raw, and PoemMemoirStory. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for fiction in 2015 and is working on a novel. Follow her on Twitter @emilyrems.

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