Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Marvelous Wonderettes Entertain at Ivoryton

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Melissa Robinette, Paige Neal, Danielle Rhodes, Alanna Wilson. Photo by Anne Hudson.
The Ivoryton Playhouse is heading back to the 50’s with its a cotton-candy colored, non-stop pop musical blast from the past The Marvelous Wonderettes featuring all your favorite hits from the 50’s and 60’s!

The Marvelous Wonderettes takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet the Wonderettes - Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts and voices to match!

As we learn about their lives and loves, we are treated to the women performing classic '50s and '60s songs as “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Rescue Me!,” “Son of a preacher Man”, “It’s My Party,” “It’s In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)” and more.
John DeNicola, Ivoryton’s resident musical director, puts on his director’s hat for this production.“We have had far too much fun with this show” says DeNicola “The music is infectious and the cast is amazing.”

Cast includes Danielle Rhodes who was here last summer in The Buddy Holly Story; the just-married Alanna Wilson who performed here in April in How The Other Half Loves; Paige Neal who was just here in The Producers and Melissa Robinette who will be making her Ivoryton debut. Melissa was the understudy for the original off Broadway production and performed the role of Betty Jean in the Mason Street Warehouse production. The set for this production is designed by Cully Long, costumes by Julia Bowers and lights by Tate R. Burmeister.

The Marvelous Wonderettes opens Sept. 28tand runs thru Oct. 16. Performances are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2; evening performances Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $40 for adults, $35 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

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