SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "The tight harmony of 'girl-group doo-wop' popular in the 1950s and '60s is perfectly captured in "The Marvelous Wonderettes,' a pop tunes musical, that comes to Slippery Rock University March 9 as part of the University's 2012-13 Performing Arts Series.
The 7:30 p.m. show, which will be presented in the University Union, opened off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre and is now part of a national tour.
"'The Marvelous Wonderettes' is a funny, glittery song-and-dance revue by Roger Bean that features a trunk full of pop classics like 'Lollipop,' 'Stupid Cupid,' 'Lipstick On Your Collar,' 'Mr. Lee,' 'It's My Party,' 'Heat Wave,' 'Wedding Bell Blues,' 'Leader of the Pack,' 'R.E.S.P.E.C.T.,' 'Rescue Me,' 'Son of a Preacher Man' and 20 additional pieces will make for an evening of great entertainment," said Deborah Baker, SRU's director of special events.
The revue begins in 1958 where the audience meets four Springfield High School
teens performing a show for their classmates on prom night. The four are good friends, but a competitive theme emerges when all four girls are announced as candidates for prom queen. The audience will elect the winner.
The second part of the show is set a decade later as part of a class reunion., following the "Rock Revolution" that provides the backdrop for the girls to talk of their dreams and aspirations.
"The Marvelous Wonderettes," written and directed by Bean, stars Ashley Pankow, Tiffany Wiesend, Kelly Karcher and Carly Mooney, all backed by a live, onstage band.
Reviewers have called the show, "a cotton-candy colored., non-stop pop musical blast from the past." The New York Times said the show was, "effervescent and irresistible."
"The Marvelous Wonderettes is one heck of a concert throughout. In harmony, the four women have voices as smooth and delectable as freshly churned gelato. And they not only sing, they sing and sing and sing, 33 songs in all and in full," wrote Howard Shapiro of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The SRU show is produced on tour by Springer Theatricals, the national touring unit of the official State Theatre of Georgia, the Springer Opera House, located in Columbus. The Springer is a 142 year-old National Historic Landmark theatre with a year-round schedule of plays, musicals and a top ranked Academy of Theatre Arts. Since Reconstruction days, the Springer has been a revered regional cultural institution with the world's most celebrated artists performing in the Victorian elegance of its famous main stage theatre.
Tickets are: $22 for adults; $20 for senior citizens, $18 for youth age 17 and under; and $8 for SRU students.
AVI, the campus contract food vendor, will offer a menu of soups, sandwiches, salads, desserts and beverages in the lobby beginning at 6 p.m. No reservations are necessary.
The 2012-13 Performing Arts Series concludes at 4 p.m., April 28 with a performance by The Hunts, a talented family of nine multi-instrumentalists offering a variety of musical genres. In addition to being champion fiddlers, the Hunts are also world-ranked step dancers. A step dancing workshop is available for local children from 1:45-2:45 p.m. Pre-registration is required and may be completed by calling 724.738.2018.
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