This is the fourth show in the WONDERETTES Series!
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It’s 1969 and The Marvelous Wonderettes are back at Springfield High (Go Chipmunks!) to throw a retirement party for their favorite homeroom teacher. As the girls sing their way through the greatest girl-group hits of the 60s and bid Ms. McPherson a fond farewell, one of the Wonderettes reveals she’ll also be saying goodbye to search for success and happiness on her own. Act two finds the girls back together as the class of 1958 celebrates their 20-year reunion. The classic pop and rock hits of the seventies provide the perfect soundtrack for these old friends to catch up on the places life has led them, all performed with their own marvelous spin!
It’s 1969, and Principal Varney welcomes the Marvelous Wonderettes back to Springfield High (“Gimme Some Lovin’”). We first met these four best friends and song leaders— Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy— at their 1958 Senior Prom in “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” and “Wonderettes: Dream On” takes us to the retirement party for their favorite homeroom and foreign language teacher, Miss McPherson (“I Know A Place”/”Downtown”). They serenade Miss McPherson (an audience member) in the many languages she taught while at school (“L-O-V-E”), only to discover she still has five semester’s worth of ungraded English papers to complete before retiring (“It’s Your Thing”). Brought onstage, Miss McPherson grades papers while the Wonderettes check in with each other. Missy reveals the need to start a college-fund with her new husband Mr. Lee (“For Once In My Life”). Betty Jean divulges that Johnny has reappeared in her life (“I Keep Forgettin’”), and laments her continuing bad fortune (“When Will I Be Loved?”). Suzy discloses that hubby Ritchie Stevens lost his job in Springfield and has to take a new job out of town (“Hurting Each Other”/”More Today Than Yesterday”). After a check-in with Miss McPherson “she’s halfway there!”, we learn that Cindy Lou has been dumped for the very first time (“Build Me Up, Buttercup”). The man responsible is Coach Warner, who has shown up for the retirement party with none other than the Principal’s estranged wife, Mrs. Varney (“You’re No Good”). To top off the party, Miss McPherson finally finishes grading her papers, and is allowed to leave the stage with an assortment of retirement prizes. With the farewell signs in place, Cindy Lou delivers the news that she’s moving back to New York to follow her dreams of a singing career. The girls say goodbye (“Reach Out, I’ll Be There”/”Someday We’ll Be Together”), hopeful to see each other again in the near future.
Act Two finds us at the twenty-year reunion for the Class of ‘58 (“I’ve Got The Music In Me”), and the Wonderettes are back to entertain their friends and classmates (“Listen To The Music”). As we check in with Missy, she reveals her deep suspicion that Mr. Lee is having an affair (“Everything I Own”/”Don’t Leave Me This Way”), only to discover that he’s actually purchased her a brand new home (“Love Will Keep Us Together”). Betty Jean has recently returned from the Womyn United Festival (“I Can See Clearly Now”/”I Am Woman”), where she found the strength and support she needed to remove all traces of Johnny from her life (“I Will Survive”). Suzy reveals that Ritchie has been chasing jobs all over, and hasn’t lived at home for the past nine years (“Lonely Night [Angel Face]”). Desperate to get her mother-in-law out of her house, Suzy encourages the girls to bring Mr. & Mrs. Stevens onstage for a spotlight reunion dance (“The Hustle”). Ritchie flashes the lights, having returned to his family, and Suzy welcomes him home (“Come In From The Rain”). Now we hear from Cindy Lou, who hit it big in the recording business and lost a new love along the way (“Band Of Gold”/“Groupie [Superstar]”). The girls are ready to cheer her up, having practiced her big hit song behind her back (“Everlasting Love”). They end the evening with sincere gratitude (“We Never Really Say Goodbye”), and take us out with the rousing finale (“We Are Family”/”Gimme Some Lovin’”).
A fun jukebox musical… these girls know how to throw a party!
Betty Jean (29, 38) is the class clown and tomboy of the group, best friends with Cindy Lou. Always quick with a comeback, red-headed Betty Jean has a loving heart that is easy to break. She finally leaves her philandering husband, and discovers the inner strength to survive on her own. (Alto with strong low range.)
Cindy Lou (29, 38) was always the prettiest girl at Springfield High. While her hopes were previously shattered, this raven-haired beauty takes one final chance to make her childhood dreams of stardom come true. Sassy, wicked, with a heart of gold. (Mezzo Soprano with belt–sings lead on many songs.)
Missy (29, 38) is the over-achiever of the group, keeping control of everything in her path as the group’s organizing force. With her new husband Mr. Lee watching from the front row, this mousy-haired type-A personality reveals that she has a baby on the way, and all bets are off as she prepares for the adventure of a lifetime. (Soprano with wide range and very high vocals.)
Suzy (29, 38) is giddy, happy-go-lucky, slightly ditzy, and best friends with Missy. Forever in love with her childhood sweetheart (now husband), this fearless blonde worries that her marriage might be on the rocks as the Matchbox plant in town closes and husband Ritchie is forced to look for work out of town. (Mezzo Alto with a sweet, soulful sound and big belts.)
Setting: Springfield High School Gymnasium, 1969 and 1978
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“Simply bullet-proof – charming, silly and wonderful!” –BroadwayWorld
“Marvelous and wonderful!” –Houston Chronicle
“A comedic ride through the ’60s and ’70s!” –Houstonia Magazine
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