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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
"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
"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
"'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
"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
"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
"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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
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!
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