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The Marvelous Wonderettes

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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70
BroadwayWorld

"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

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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

75
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

60
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

80
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

85
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

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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

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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

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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

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BroadwaySelect

"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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79
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50
Banal, Disappointing, Fluffy, Show is fun/production is not

See it if You want to see a mediocre version of an adorable show. Music is fun 50's/60's pop. Fun how the songs get worked into the show/their set.

Don't see it if Original production was FAB! This one falls flat. Canned music, girls can't hold harmonies. Like watching a low-budget high school musical.

70
Cute

See it if you want a cute fun night.

Don't see it if you need a big budget musical

80
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if YOU LIKE 50S MUSICALS

Don't see it if YOU DONT LIKE MUSICALS

67
Disappointing, Entertaining

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.

76
Funny, Entertaining, Great singing

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.

82
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like comedies

Don't see it if you don't like comedies

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.

60
Indulgent, Disappointing, Dated, Silly

See it if you like 50's music and want to see a silly, jukebox musical.

Don't see it if you're expecting to be blown away. The singing is mediocre and the plot is barely propping up the not-so-memorable 50's songs.

77
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want to spend an evening with your girlfriends from High School.It is cotton candy fun.You will have a good time .

Don't see it if Don't like the songs that you listened to in High School.

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.

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

72
Funny, Clever, Great singing, 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.

91
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if like songs of the 50" and 60"s 1st half of show is set in high school, 2nd act at a reunion

Don't see it if don't like to listen to oldies..

95
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want something fun, simple and entertaining, enjoy music from the 50s & 60s

Don't see it if if you are looking for something serious or don't enjoy music from the 50s & 60s

100
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Loved it. So much fun

Don't see it if No reason not to see it

81
Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you love classic girl group music from the 50s & 60s and teenybopper shows/movies from then. Also, fantastic performances!

Don't see it if you don't like jukebox musicals or shows with very little plot. Or dislike this type of music.

100
Funny, Delightful, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want a delightful trip down memory lane of songs from the 60s and 70s! Such a cute show.

Don't see it if You like modern music only.

72
Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining, 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.

75
Funny, Cliched, Dated, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy music from the 50s/60s with some great harmonising. Enjoy revue type shows with only a little plot holding it together.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy camp, silly shows.

85
Wonderful walk down memory lane

See it if You like oldies, "girl shows," looking for a light, fun time.

Don't see it if you're looking for gravitas.

67
Funny, Banal, Fluffy, Not nearly as witty as it could have been, Why we have a women's movement

See it if You love Fifties music, don't need a book, are fine with extremely basic patter between songs, like fluff

Don't see it if You enjoy intelligent or sophisticated humor Nora Ephron style. This is bubble gum

84
Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Fun, Great singing

See it if you enjoy lighthearted shows with great music, colorful costumes, & if you enjoy seeing the cast enjoying themselves & having fun on stage..

Don't see it if you don't like 60's girl group songs...

68
Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy fun, light-hearted shows featuring strong voices and music from the 50s.

Don't see it if you don't like fluffy musicals, you're looking for a more plot-driven show or if you like greater depth to characters/stories.

61
Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if You don't mind overacting. There wasn't a truthful moment at all.

Don't see it if You want to enjoy the music as the campiness ruins most of the songs.

90
Funny, Absorbing, Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing

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)