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The Marvelous Wonderettes

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

About the show

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.


Member Reviews (245)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Delightful, Fluffy
78
Avg Score

70
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

64
Banal, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if Well there's Ryan Redmond and she's great in everything. Other than that, show is totally missable. A little to light on all fronts.

Don't see it if You want some 50's music nostalgia.

73
Ambitious, Cliched, Funny

See it if If you like 50's and 60's music, light comedy a light show that is fun and silly. old high school dance musical.

Don't see it if If you want a deeper musical, something with more thought, something with a deeper story.

71
Clever, Funny, 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

89
Fluffy

See it if you like prom dresses and can remember Connie Francis and dancing by yourself in your high school gym. Oops.

Don't see it if you're looking for a musical with mean girls.

67
Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if enjoy songs from the fifties and early sixties.

Don't see it if expect better than average voices and a decent plot of any kind. The weak plot interrupts many songs.

75
Entertaining

See it if You like hearing 1960s songs sung live by a cast of 4 women.

Don't see it if You're looking for nuanced characters as they are pretty one-dimensional.

78
Dated, Entertaining, Romantic, Funny, Fluffy

See it if You yearn to relive memories of your high school sweethearts, and the sr. prom good&bad. Fun singers,great energy,60's 70's oldies & drama

Don't see it if You expect elegance and perfect pitch. Perfectly written script. Hate tackiness. Do not want to relive your teens.

72
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Light

See it if You enjoy music from the 50s & 60s. Super fun and funny. Go to have a great time not for super deep theater. This was highly entertaining.

Don't see it if Your singers have to be spot on all the time. One of the actresses had pitch issues and sometimes their mics didn't quite catch their words.

76
Funny, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like music from the 50s and enjoy funny high-school characters and their stories.

Don't see it if 50s music does not appeal to you or you are looking for a more profound story.

89
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a musical performance with great staging, costumes and singing. You want to sing along. You enjoy music from that era.

Don't see it if You don't like musical performances with some dialogue and audience participation. You don't like to have a good time at a show.

Also I enjoyed this performance so much. The music was great. You don't hav... Read more Read less

85
Tongue-in-cheek fun, Nostalgic, Great singing, Fearless (ala snl), Hilarious

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

88
Delightful, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, 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

69
Disappointing, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy jukebox musicals and like pop music from the 1950s.

Don't see it if You want to see a show with a decent script. Felt very amateur, even for off broadway.

75
Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to be thoroughly entertained by a great cast of talented performers. This is a fun show,light on content,but with terrific oldies.

Don't see it if You are disinterested in jukebox musicals. However, the cast is full of energy ,with wonderful performances.A good time will be had by all!

87
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

75
Entertaining, Cliched, Endearing, Fun, Campy

See it if You love Doo Wop & 50's music. A fun, campy evening of 50's song & dance well performed by four disparate, energetic & very talented women.

Don't see it if You hate camp, 50's music, Girl Groups or tight, stop on a dime harmonies and predictable if entertaining plots in this well-directed romp.

Also While the vocal arrangements were fine, the sound could have been bett... Read more Read less

80
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You love songs you can sing to, if you like fluff, if you just want to have fun. Great singing to 50's songs. Trip in time for many.

Don't see it if Don't like fluff, jukebox songs or just don't want to reminisce. If your'e not into fluff, stay home.

79
Clever, Entertaining, Good singing, Delightful, Funny

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.

81
Great singing, Entertaining, Quirky, Cliched, 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

72
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Cliched, Ambitious

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)

69
Disappointing, Entertaining, Overrated

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.

86
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if pure entertaining musical reviews are the stuff you love. It's delightful frothy fun!

Don't see it if you're looking for "serious" theatre and can't let go and just have a good time.

72
Great singing, Funny, Clever, Old fashioned

See it if you musicals that take place in the 50s and 60s filled with familiar songs from that time period.

Don't see it if you don't like jukebox musicals or 50's and 60's songs.

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great acting

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.


May 11th, 2016
"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...
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April 29th, 2016
"'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...
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June 21st, 2016
"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, ...
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May 6th, 2016
"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—...
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