Watch a joyous snapshot of the musical era of 1958 to 1968 in “The Marvelous Wonderettes” by Roger Beans at The Rep!
The play, The Marvelous Wonderettes, will be performed from January 3-28 at the main stage venue. Ticket prices range from $18.50 to $89 and can be purchased online.
Bean’s play gives audiences a chance to revisit an era that sparked massive changes in American society in addition to having an infectiously bright music scene.
The play begins with Suzy, Cindy Lou, Missy and Betty Jean as they first perform for their high school prom after the lead singer of the Springfield High School boys’ glee club is unexpectedly suspended. They sing hits of the 1950s while also dealing with personal drama. 10 years later, the four women perform 1960s songs for their high school reunion while dealing with relationships just as fraught as during their younger years.
Some of the greatest classic songs were born in the 50s and 60s, many of them performed by women. Girl groups were a staple of the time, including The Cordettes, The Shangri-Las, Martha and the Vandellas, and many more. Bean wanted to highlight that majesty through four original characters played by women with powerhouse vocals.
Musical selections include such songs as “Mr. Sandman,” “It’s in His Kiss,” “Respect,” “Son of a Preacher Man” and “Lollipop.”
The Marvelous Wonderettes is recommended for audiences of all ages, though the running time may be too long for especially young children and there are moments of bawdy humor.
In order to make the experience open to all, The Rep offers open captioning seats in the left bay of the theater and live audio description for the 2 p.m. performance on January 28. Tickets for hearing-impaired patients can be easily purchased online.
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