Marvelous Wonderettes to Play Off-Broadway's Westside Theatre

News   Marvelous Wonderettes to Play Off-Broadway's Westside Theatre The Marvelous Wonderettes, which played an acclaimed engagement at the El Portal Theatre, will begin an open-ended run at Off-Broadway's Westside Theatre Aug. 26 following its upcoming stint at the Laguna Playhouse.

Written and directed by Roger Bean, the pop musical will officially open in New York Sept. 14.

Wonderettes, according to press notes, "features the iconic sounds of the fifties and sixties 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." Songs included in the new show are "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."

Casting has not been announced. The creative team also includes set designer Mike Carnahan, costume and wig designer Bobby Pearce, lighting designer Jeremy Pivnick, sound designer Cricket S. Myers, musical director Brian William Baker and choreographer Janet Miller.

David Elzer, Peter Schneider and Marvelous Dreams, NYC are presenting the Off-Broadway run.

Writer-director Bean has worked with the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Utah Musical Theatre, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Madison Repertory Theatre, Skylight Opera Theatre and the Utah Shakespearean Festival, among many others. He is the executive director of Steele Spring Productions, a theatrical licensing company, and a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and The Dramatists Guild. Show times are Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 7 PM with matinees Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 3 PM.

The Westside Theatre is located in Manhattan at 407 West 43rd Street. Tickets, priced $25-$75, are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com.

For more information visit www.marvelouswonderettes.com.

The west coast company of <i>The Marvelous Wonderettes</i>.
The west coast company of The Marvelous Wonderettes. Photo by Michael Lamont