Off-Broadway’s The Marvelous Wonderettes will play it final performance at the Westside Side Theatre on January 3. Written and directed by Roger Bean, show currently features Courtney Balan, Christina DeCicco, Lindsay Mendez and Lowe Taylor. At the time of its closing, the pop musical will have played 19 previews and 545 performances.
The Marvelous Wonderettes features the iconic sounds of the 1950s and 1960s in a journey back to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where the Wonderettes—Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy—are four young girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. Brimming with such classic hits as “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “It’s My Party” and “It’s In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song),” The Marvelous Wonderettes is a musical blast from the past.
New productions of The Marvelous Wonderettes recently opened at Chicago’s Northlight Theatre and Miami’s Actors’ Playhouse. In the year to come, new productions are slated to open at Detroit’s Gem Theatre and Lincoln’s Tada Theatre in February 2010, Long Beach’s Musical Theatre West in April 2010, Cincinnati’s Ensemble Theatre in May 2010 and Albany’s Capital Repertory Theatre June 2010, with more to be announced in the coming months. The musicalfeatures choreography by Janet Miller, musical direction by Brian William Baker, set design by Mike Carnahan, costume and wig design by Bobby Pearce and lighting design by Jeremy Pivnick.