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