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Those ‘Marvelous Wonderettes’ at Meadow Brook opens April 24

Preview April 13, 2019 Encore Staff

ROCHESTER—Next up from Meadow Brook Theatre is The Marvelous Wonderettes, written and created by Roger Bean, which runs April 24 through May 19.

It’s 1958 and prom is going to be fab with Missy, Suzy, Cindy Lou and Betty Jean on stage to entertain their classmates with the popular songs of the day. Ten years later, the girls are together again at their high school reunion. Will they get the “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” they deserve?

The cast includes Hannah Fairman as Cindy Lou, Emily Hadick as Betty Jean, Kai Stidham as Missy, and Olivia Ursu as Suzy. The Marvelous Wonderettes is directed by Travis W. Walter, with choreography by Tyrick Wiltez Jones, and musical direction by Michael Rice. Terry W. Carpenter is the stage manager with scenic design by Brian Kessler, costume design by Karen Kangas-Preston, lighting design by Reid G. Johnson and sound design by Mike Duncan.

Michael Rice also plays first keyboard with Jennifer Gale (or CT Hollis or Matt Kush) on second keyboard. The remainder of the band is comprised of Sig Helper (guitar), Don Platter (or Jonathan Napper) (reeds) and Nick Matthews (or David Mety) (drums).

“The Marvelous Wonderettes has played in New York for more than a decade,” says director, Travis Walter. “This is many people’s favorite music. Everyone’s going to be tapping their toes while we find out who will be prom queen. Roger Bean has given us some of our most-loved musicals from the past few years, including Life Could Be a Dream and The Andrews Brothers,” continues Walter. “I know our audiences will love The Wonderful Marvelettes just as much.”

Tickets range from $30 to $45 and are available by calling the Meadow Brook Theatre box office at 248-377-3300 or going online at www.ticketmaster.com. Student discounts are available at the box office. Groups of eight or more should call 248-370-3316 for group pricing.