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Play Review

Monday, 15 February, 2010 2:47 AM

'The Marvelous Wonderettes' is not so marvelous at the Gem

Photo credit: Tim Kay

It's 1958 and the Marvelous Wonderettes are about to perform for their Super Senior Marvelous Dreams prom. The Wonderettes are Marley DelDuchetto, Gretchen Bieber, Laura Hall, and Holly Davis. They're scheduled for an open-ended run at the Detroit's Gem Theatre.

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

DETROIT -- The Marvelous Wonderettes, a three-time Tony Award winner, is now playing at the Gem Theatre. It was written and created by Roger Bean. The stage is set in the gymnasium of the Springfield High School Prom in 1958. These four girls dressed in their pastel color prom dresses get on stage and sing songs from the 1950's and 1960's.

Suzy Simpson is played by Gretchen Bieber, Betty Jean is played by Holly Davis, Cindy Lou Huffington is played by Marley Del Duchetto and Missy Miller is played by Laura Hall. This ensemble of characters sing songs like "Mr. Sandman, Dream Lover, Lollipop and All I have to do is dream!" It is a non-stop pop musical as they sing songs about their lives and loves.

The Marvelous Wonderettes was written and created by Roger Bean. The musical is directed by Hinton Battle.

Each audience table was provided a voting ballot to choose the next Prom Queen, which was collected by the Wonderettes.

There is a 15-minute intermission. Then the second act was 10 years later at their high school reunion.

I thought the musical was not very interesting. There was too much hyperactivity on stage. The girls' voices were high-pitched and they sounded goofy. There was not much of a storyline and mostly just music. I did know every song but it was too much for me.

I would not recommend this musical and the men in the audience would call it a girly show.

Overall Rating: D

Tickets ($28 - $42.50) are on sale now for performances through March 28 by calling the Gem Theatre (313) 963-9800, Ticketmaster
charge by phone (800) 982-2787, all Ticketmaster Ticketcenters and online at www.ticketmaster.com.

 

Photo Credit: Tim Kay

The hits of the '50s and '60s are back on the Gem Theatre stage with The Marvelous Wonderettes now playing in an open-ended run at Detroit's Gem Theatre. The Wonderettes are (clockwise from top): Marley DelDuchetto, Laura Hall, Gretchen Bieber, and Holly Davis.

 

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