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. More…
'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.
"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
"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
"'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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"These four singer-dancer-actors are gleefully hamming it up in what feels like the quintessence of an Equity Showcase, a production for which the unionized talent clearly outsizes the 99-seat theatre and the intentionally low-rent set on which they perform...Sometimes, it feels like 'American Idol' in taffeta; other times, like a cabaret act in which the autobiographical banter has been swapped out for a comedy sketch. It’s not a bad trade, frankly." Full Review
"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
"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
"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
See it if You enjoy fun, pretty light hearted entertainment set to a 50's and 60's soundtrack. A fun, bright musical
Don't see it if You don't enjoy the music of the 50's and 60's. Don't enjoy some corny humor. Prefer something heavier or dramatic
See it if You want a nostalgic return to 1958 when high school girls just wanted to fall in love and we all know what high school boys wanted ....
Don't see it if You do not want to have a good time going back to the 1950's to see fun costumes and listen to great music.
See it if You are of the era and love the oldies music. Show is very cleverly done and the acting is great. Graduating class 1958.
Don't see it if You do not enjoy oldies music and are not interested in a comical look at those times.
See it if Enjoy 50's music, great singing and funny interactive dialogue
Don't see it if Are looking for something edgy and new. Don't like musicals and do not want to follow a story through music.
See it if you enjoy old school music & girl humor and want to revisit the prom or imagine what it was like of your mom's.
Don't see it if you're looking for big/mix gender/diverse cast as you'll only have 4 white talented ladies to bring the house down- nothing wrong with that!
See it if If you love the music of the 50s and 60s cleverly used. Enjoy a good laugh with light drama.
Don't see it if You want heavy drama, original music, modern day plots or men (all female cast)
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