The fun musical comedy “The Marvelous Wonderettes” is now on stage at the Ridgefield Theater Barn. The musical which was written and created by Roger Bean first opened off Broadway in 2008 and was revived in 2016 and has been produced in cities all over the U.S. and in Canada. The show uses well known pop songs from the 1950s and 1960s as a way to tell its story. The songs are recognizable pop hits from that era to which the audience can easily relate.
Act One takes place in 1958 where we meet our cast, Cindy Lou, Missy,Betty Jean and Suzy. At the last moment they are called upon to perform at their senior prom as a replacement. The girls save the day and entertain their classmates in four-part harmony. The songs are fun, light and instantly recognizable as the girls deliver their own versions of “Mr. Sandman”, “Lollipop”, “Sugartime”, “Dream Lover” “Stupid Cupid” and many more. The play becomes interactive as the audience themselves is asked to pick the prom queen and ballots are collected from audience members. Costume design by Brenda D. Renfroe really capture clothing style of the period.
Act Two is 10 years later in 1968 and the world of the Marvelous Wonderettes has changed. They are back at their high school for their reunion. Though the girls are back on stage we find their relationship to each other has changed over the years. Again the cast entertains the reunion with a list of 1960s classic hits including “Heatwave”, “It’s In His Kiss”, “Son of a Preacher Man”, “Leader of the Pack” and more. The songs are woven into the story and help tell the tale.
The show is fun and light hearted and entertained the audience without a slow moment. The talented cast includes Rena Gavigan (Missy), Sarah Giggar (Cindy Lou), Lauren Nicole Sherwood (Suzy), and Tarah Margaret Vega (Betty Jean). Music is live and provided by a band on stage including Benjamin McCormack (musical director), Nathan Huvard, Sabrina Mason, Jordan Tulley, and Kyle Camerato. The production is directed by Foster Evans Reese who starred in “Fences” at the Barn back in 2018.
The production runs through January 4, 2020. The Barn is an intimate small setting and the audience sits at tables. Doors open at 6 and attendees can bring their own food and drink to enjoy prior to showtime. A small bar is also open in the theater lobby.
for tickets and information:
Ridgefield Theater Barn
37 Halpin Lane
Ridgefield CT 06877
For information, call 203.431.9850
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