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The Marvelous Wonderettes '58
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Make it home by curfew in this one-act version of the smash Off-Broadway hit.

Wonderettes ‘58 takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom, where we meet the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, we are treated to the girls performing such classic ‘50s songs as “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” and other classic hits! You’ve never had this much fun at a prom, and you will never forget Wonderettes ‘58— a must-take musical trip down memory lane!  This delightful 55-minute version of the smash Off-Broadway hit is perfect for both teens and adults.

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SYNOPSIS


At the 1958 Springfield High School prom, the lights come up on the evening’s special entertainment: The Marvelous Wonderettes (“Mr. Sandman”). These four best friends (Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy) launch into the Sugar & Spice Medley: "Lollipop/Sugartime," and we learn that the Wonderettes are also the trophy-winning varsity song leaders for Springfield High— "Go Chipmunks!" While Betty Jean excitedly runs out front to put their new trophy in the school’s display case, her best friend, Cindy Lou, steals her solo (“Allegheny Moon”), and cracks in their friendship begin to appear. After Missy and Suzy break up the squabble, we hear the real reason the girls are performing tonight: they are the replacement act for tonight’s originally scheduled group, the Crooning Crabcakes. Billy Ray Patton, the lead Crab, got suspended from school for smoking behind the girls’ locker room. They reveal the theme of tonight’s super senior prom (Marvelous Dreams Medley: “All I Have to Do Is Dream”/”Dream Lover”), and with the help of Missy’s special dreamcatcher, each girl gets to dedicate a song to her very own "dream lover." Suzy sings to her boyfriend, Richie, who is also running the lights (“Stupid Cupid”). Betty Jean sings to her boyfriend Johnny (“Lipstick on Your Collar”), discovering that Johnny and Cindy Lou have been making out behind her back, and Cindy Lou sings of her special talents in "Lucky Lips." After Suzy squelches another fight between Cindy Lou and Betty Jean— "L-O-V-E, that spells love…!"— Missy reveals her own "Secret Love," the girls’ music teacher (Man of My Dreams Medley: “Mr. Lee”/”Born Too Late”/”Teacher’s Pet”). The talent competition is next, followed by the vote for the 1958 Queen of Your Dreams— "That’s the Prom Queen!" The Wonderettes sing farewell (Goodnight & Goodbye Medley: “Sincerely”/”Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight”), followed by the crowning of the 1958 Queen of Your Dreams and her spotlight song (“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me”).

QUOTE


It doesn’t get any better than this!

–WOR Radio


Characters:

Cindy Lou (18) knows she is the prettiest girl at Springfield High. She knows she will be named Prom Queen and acts out against her best friend Betty Jean when things don’t go her way. She makes the biggest change between Acts I & II, having learned the lessons of true love and loss. Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano Belt: E3–F5. Sings melody line on most songs, so the other girls hang their vocals on this voice.

Missy (18) is the over-achiever of the group. Very controlled, very concerned that everything at the prom turns out wonderful and perfect. Head of the Prom Decorations Committee, and absolutely smitten with her music teacher. Her best friend is Suzy. Vocal Range: Soprano: G3–A5. Wide range, floating high vocals and belting throughout the show.

Betty Jean (18) is the class clown and tomboy, always vying for attention with Cindy Lou, her best friend. It’s also highly probable that Betty Jean wants to be with Cindy Lou herself, but just doesn’t even know what those feelings really are. Cindy Lou steals Betty Jean’s boyfriend away, which causes a lot of the friction at the prom. She holds this grudge against Cindy Lou until they make up at the ten-year reunion. Vocal Range: Alto with strong low range: D3–E5.

Suzy (18) is the gum-chewing, happy-go-lucky, go-along girl. Super-best friends with Missy, Suzy is always a little giddy and a little silly, and finds great pleasure in everything she does. In love with the lighting operator, completely surprised when named Prom Queen. Frustrated, sad, hormonal, and pregnant in Act II. This role requires an excellent part singer and expert comedienne. WARNING: Do not hire a ditzy person to play the "ditzy blonde." Vocal Range: Mezzo-Alto with both sweet and soulful voice: G3–E5.

Setting: Springfield High School Gymnasium, 1958.

Roger Bean created the long-running Off-Broadway hit The Marvelous Wonderettes (Westside Theatre), along with the sequels Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns, Winter Wonderettes, and Wonderettes: Dream On. Original cast albums for all Wonderettes shows are available from iTunes and Amazon. The Marvelous Wonderettes received the 2007 LA Ovation Award for Best Musical for its record-breaking Los Angeles run and continues to be an audience favorite in regional and amateur theatre companies throughout the country. Mr. Bean revisits Springfield, USA with his newest jukebox hit Life Could Be A Dream. With a record-breaking 12-month run in Los Angeles, the show received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, the LA Weekly Theatre Award, and the Backstage Garland Award for Outstanding Musical.    

Mr. Bean wrote and created the popular jukebox musicals Summer of Love, The Andrews Brothers, Route 66, Honky Tonk Laundry, and Why Do Fools Fall In Love?, all currently available through licensing agent Steele Spring Stage Rights. Additional musicals created by Mr. Bean include Don't Touch That Dial!, That's Amoré, and Beach Blanket Bash. Mr. Bean is currently the president of Steele Spring Stage Rights, the foremost independent theatrical publisher in the United States. 

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Materials: Your materials will be sent to you two months prior to your opening date and will include everything necessary for your production. They can be ordered in Printed or Digital format. Printed Materials are provided on unbound three-hole punched loose-leaf paper while Digital Materials are provided via email as downloadable PDF files for you to print in-house. All materials are yours to keep! No deposits, no returns.
 
The Authorized Materials/Rehearsal Package for The Marvelous Wonderettee ‘58 includes: 

  • Production Scripts
  • Piano/Vocal Score
  • Vocal Scores  
Orchestrations:

  • Piano/Conductor Score
  • Synth
  • Guitar
  • Drums 
Official Logo Pack Now Included! To help you promote your show, Stage Rights now includes a logo pack with your license. The logo pack includes high resolution versions (both color and black and white) of our show logo. The logo is the portion of the artwork with the title of the show. The surrounding artwork is also available for an additional fee.
 
Optional Materials: 
 

  • Choreography Tutorial Video - A step-by-step choreography tutorial – with choreographer, Bets Malone, showing each step and how it fits with the music.
  • Original Cast Recording
  • Performance Tracks
  • Rehearsal Tracks – Rehearsal tracks for each role with the individual character played at full volume, other parts at half volume.
  • Sound FX Tracks - A collection of sound effects for your production. Includes cue sheet. 
  • Stage Manager’s Script – Printed on standard 8.5” x 11” 3-hole-punched paper, with the same page numbers and text as the Production Scripts, but with more space on the page for notes and cues.

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