“The Marvelous Wonderettes”
From the minute you walk into the upstairs of the Westside Theatre, you know that you are about to do some serious time-traveling. In this case it is a journey back to 1958 and your tour guides are four very engaging young ladies known as the “The Marvelous Wonderettes.”
Kristen Bracken, Misty Cotton, Christina Decicco, and Lindsay Mendez are the four very talented young ladies who take the audience on a light and totally enjoyable musical adventure back to the Springfield High School Class of 1958 senior prom, as well as their 10-year reunion.
The strength of this show lies in the wonderful voices of these four friends and sometimes enemies. In what has become a very popular genre, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” consists of a thin story line that neatly ties together a series of nostalgic and catchy tunes from way back when. The show features such classic hits as “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” “Born Too Late,” “Dream Lover,” “Goodnight Sweet Heart,” “Heatwave,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,“ “I Only Want to Be With You,” “Leader of the Pack,” and many more hits from the late 50’s and 60’s.
“The Marvelous Wonderettes” will not tax you. It is an easy ride, with the wind at your back. The animated characters provide an evening of laughter and fun. With an interactive component, the audience is easily reeled in. However, it is the wonderful selection of songs and the magnificent voices that keeps you totally involved. Musical director Michael Borth has done an excellent job of resurrecting these classic songs of yesteryear. Roger Bean’s direction adds to the fast pace of the show.
When the “Marvelous Wonderettes” end the night with the Robin Ward classic, “Thank You and Goodnight,” they capture the feelings of everyone in the audience….thank you for a good night.
Why you should see it? You won't have to work hard to understand the plot. Just sit back and enjoy.
Why you may not want to see it? You don't like your parents' music.