Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great singing, Fluffy

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A revival of the nostalgic revue, set at a 1958 high school prom where we meet The Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts.

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'The Marvelous Wonderettes' takes a cotton candy-colored musical trip down memory lane, paying homage to the high school song leader squads of the 1950s. When called upon to perform at their senior prom, four girls rally together to entertain their classmates in four-part harmony. Audiences experience their lives and loves through more than 20 chart-topping hits of the era.

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"While ‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’ may not be the most bracing theatre to come out of these early decades of the 21st century, there's no denying it's got the formula for popularity down pat…Though the dialogue is not particularly inspired, the ladies sound great singing to music director William Wade's recorded instrumentals and 'The Marvelous Wonderettes' can be nostalgic fun as long as the tunes keep playing." Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

"Sadly, Act II’s music remains rooted largely in the period’s girl group vibe...and you get nary a hint of the revolution in pop music going on at the time in soul, rock, and folk. There are some marvelous moments in ‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’ but it’s hard not to wish it took a more reflective—even satirical—look at the huge social and musical changes occurring between 1958 and 1968, one of the most rebellious eras in modern American history." Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

"Like the female version of 'Forever Plaid'...All four women have voices that blend beautifully, though Ms. Green has a tendency to sing just a little flat on her solos. It is Ms. Brier who shines the most with her acting skills and vocals until Act 2, when Ms. Bianco cuts lose and joins her in the spotlight. Ms. Green comes off as so heartless, that we never really understand why these girls were ever friends...Ms. Schwab is a little clunky...The direction is on the cutesy side." Full Review

Woman Around Town

"Regardless of my caveats, it’s musically and visually entertaining. Numbers are vocally well arranged and delightfully choreographed…Songs are almost seamlessly inserted to express the girls' relationships…My chief objection to this production is its over-the-top, camp interpretation by directors Tommy and Michael D’Angora. This is a sweet, funny piece with great music and movement…The D’Angoras have sacrificed implicit emotions for clumsy, metaphoric pratfalls." Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

"For those who love cheesy, silly fun, this is your kind of entertainment...The actresses do their best to bring adult charisma to a script that has Disney Channel tendencies...A musical that you will either completely adore or hate. Directors Tom and Michael D’Angora did their best to make an endearing musical production, which again finds its highlights through audience participation. Yet, this in not the musical for deep human analysis or smart, witty humor." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"'The Marvelous Wonderettes' is, at its heart, a good-time jukebox musical...All four actresses playing the Wonderettes are powerhouse singers...These girls are all prime performers and they’re into the spirit of the piece with total commitment...As directors, the D’Angoras keep the action moving and the bits of business flowing, without allowing any of it to be a distraction." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Starring four very talented and captivating ladies this new musical treats audiences to an evening of favorites from the '50s and '60s…Their voices are mighty yet soulful and make a strong connection to the material covered in these songs dealing with the universal themes of searching for love, the pain of dealing with an untrue partner, and finding one’s own strength...'The Marvelous Wonderettes' will keep you dancing all night!" Full Review

LA Splash

"All four girls, dressed in their prom best, crinoline and all, harmonized their way to my heart...Four individual personalities brought smiles and laughter to the audience as the story unfolded...It would be hard to pick out the best of the bunch as each of these dynamos belted out their part of the harmony with zest, animation, and lots of perfect body language...I laughed, I sang and I felt really good as I left this beautiful theater." Full Review

Off Off Online

"A sparkling overview of women’s struggles...Under the direction of Tom and Michael D’Angora, the top-notch cast share a glimpse at that journey as they deliver the lyrics of the oldies but goodies. The production is full of color and glitz; it feels like memory—the way the mind’s eye makes it pretty and delusional about how simpler the times were then. It is not a thought-provoking, deep show; even though Bean hits on some serious themes, the themes are not fully realized yet." Full Review


"We see that these women don’t even know who they are. They haven’t been helped by just being exposed to superficial 'art?' The only spirit they show is so-called 'school spirit.' If 'The Marvelous Wonderettes' had left it at that, it wouldn’t be having a revival now. But Bean does something marvelous and wonderful post-intermission...Bean has given us a commentary on how much the world changed for women in a decade and how much their collective consciousness was raised." Full Review

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Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy music from the 50s and 60s.

Don't see it if You want a meaningful story

Funny, Clever, Great singing

See it if The story line is ok the singing is very good and you found your singing to the song.

Don't see it if If you do not like the older music

Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if Listening to pop songs from the 50s and 60s.. entertaining and nostalgic.

Don't see it if If you want to see a real musical.

Dated, Fluffy, Silly, Good singing

See it if You like a simple plot to showcase music of the 50s and 60s. The second act was better and a bit less cliched after high school.

Don't see it if You want more of a story. Lots of silliness but the songs fit together nicely. Could have made the characters more interesting.

Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if A well crafted jukebox musical that entertains and won't even bore the audience with yesteryear's cliché pop songs performed by four talents

Don't see it if Four young actress who can sing, act and entertain without falling in the proverbial pitfalls of the matinee shows are engaging and a joy.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Very retro it takes you back to a easier fun time. Fine signing of female pop hits of the late 50's

Don't see it if if you have a problem with low budget pop musicals with thin story line.

Delightful, Intelligent, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Like the songs from the sixties and seventies. Very nice

Don't see it if Don't like the sixties and seventies music.

Hilarious, Great singing, Nostalgic, Tongue-in-cheek fun, Fearless (ala snl)

See it if you want to really LOL while listening to 50s & 60s music. Silly & "youthful" (1st half they're in High School), but super high-energy fun.

Don't see it if only full-on musical epicness works for you. Simple, performed w/fearless abandon (like SNL), great singing, & mild audience participation.

Also M Dowdy (BJ) & M Lanzarone (Missy) will make you pee.... Read more Read less

Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining, Cute, Fluffy

See it if You want a light, fluffy show with some fun familiar songs and dorky jokes.

Don't see it if You want something serious, edgy or groundbreaking.

Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy music from the 50s and 60s presented in a unique and funny way!

Don't see it if You need huge casts and elaborate staging/sets.

Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Energetic

See it if you enjoy popular songs from the fifties and sixties, presented within a fun, albeit thin, plot.

Don't see it if you want a serious play of substance or an epic musical.

Also Check the high brow snobbery at the door and just lean back and enjoy ... Read more Read less

Quirky, Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of 50's and 60's music. The show uses the songs from the time to tell the story. Fun quirky show. A little slow at times.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of 50's or 60's music, want a serious show. Show is light and fun. Debating between this and a real Broadway show.

Also Went in open minded and enjoyed the show enough. The actors gave it th... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if like 50s music

Don't see it if walked out at intermission. Talent mediocre and limited story line. Lots of screeching

Great singing, Classic songs, Highly entertaining/annoying, Wasted potential, Creaky script

See it if you want to enjoy fun 50s/60s songs well sung. All female cast is very talented. If you leave your brain at home, you'll enjoy the show.

Don't see it if you are sick of idiotic depictions of women. A man wrote this script in which every character is man-crazy and competitive. So annoying!

Also I'm so happy to see four women get the spotlight...and they are enormo... Read more Read less

Banal, Dated, What’s the point?, Below average singing

See it if you want to listen to a selection of not very well sung hits from the 50’s. No interesting or unique interpretation attempts - dull.

Don't see it if you want a plot and a fresh take on the material. This is just a selection of songs glued together by some dated jokes and grimacing.

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Shallow

See it if you enjoy songs of the 1950s & 1960s and don't care if they're tied to a feasible plot, sung by believable characters, or make any sense.

Don't see it if you want something with any real plot or even a shred of substance. This is energetic, sure, but so dumb, dumb, dumb.

Funny, Overrated, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if Sept. 14, 2008 -The day this Jukebox musical opened & it's still running 9 yrs. later to full houses of grinning lil old ladies. Don't scoff

Don't see it if If you don't like pop songs from the 50's & 60's (see list below) or all-female casts (4 cuties). If U don't like audience interaction also

Also FACT: when this show opened future Tony winner (for "Come From Away") ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want to see the new exceptional cast weave songs from the 50's and 60's woven into a great tale

Don't see it if You don't like 50's and 60's music

Disappointing, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if You like music of the 50’s and 60’s.

Don't see it if If you don’t like music of the period and you expect the dialogue to be a little good.

Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if must see if you enjoy songs from 50/60's which are classics, even if you don't I guarantee you'll be able to sing along to 90% of the songs

Don't see it if You want something with more content or a big production musical.

Funny, Ambitious, Delightful, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if If you like 50s nostalgias and review shows. You like female led casts. And of course you like fifties music!

Don't see it if You don’t like fifties music. You don’t like audience participation ( they vote for a prom queen)

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Good singing

See it if you'll enjoy a revue of 1950s/60s songs.There's very little plot.It's a fun, feel good kind of show, probably most enjoyed by seniors.

Don't see it if You're lookig for a play; you don't like 50s and 60s songs; you don't like corny humor.

Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You love 1950's and 60's songs. All music all the time. You are OK with lighthearted and silly story lines with fun joyous singing.

Don't see it if You can not sit still or you think it is OK to sing along. It is not OK to sing along or to dance in your seat. There are people around u!

Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy musicals that feature hit songs from the 1950s and 1960s

Don't see it if You dislike musicals or dislike rock and roll songs from the 1950s and 1960s

Funny, Great singing, Extremely cute

See it if you want to see a "marvelous"ly cheesy, campy show.

Don't see it if you can't sit through a whole show featuring songs from the 50s & 60s.

Also this was a really cute show with simple, but cute, costumes & set desi... Read more Read less

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