The Award-Winning '60s Doo-Wop Musical
Created by Roger Bean
Sh-Boom! Take another trip to Springfield and meet the Crooning Crabcakes, the boys banned from the Wonderettes’ prom, as they prepare to enter the Big Whopper Radio contest and realize their dreams of making it to the big time! Trouble comes in the form of Lois, who arrives to put some polish on the boys. Denny and Wally fall in love, Eugene falls apart, and along comes handsome heartthrob Skip to send the whole situation spinning. The '60s doo-wop songs say it all: "Fools Fall in Love," "Tears on My Pillow," "Runaround Sue," "Earth Angel," "Stay," "Unchained Melody," "Lonely Teardrops," and "The Glory of Love." Winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Best Musical Award, Life Could Be a Dream will leave you laughing, singing, and cheering—let’s hear it for the boys!
Denny and Eugene are rehearsing for the “Dream of a Lifetime Talent Search” (Sh-Boom [Life Could Be a Dream]), hosted by Big Whopper Radio. Denny, a former Crooning Crabcake in the Springfield High School Glee Club, grabs the spotlight as Eugene struggles to keep up with him. They rehearse in Denny’s basement, and it becomes clear when their friend Wally arrives that Denny’s mother is ready for him to grow up and move out (Get a Job). Wally joins the singing group and suggests they ask if Big Stuff Auto will sponsor them in the contest. Denny’s mother speaks over the PA system to tell the boys to keep the noise down, but no one can stifle these boys and their musical ambitions (Mama Don't Allow It).
The next night the boys are anxiously awaiting their audition for “Big” Earl, the owner of Big Stuff Auto, when head-mechanic Skip shows up instead. Trouble comes in the form of Lois, “Big” Earl’s daughter, who shows up to help Skip evaluate the group, but who also broke loveable Eugene’s heart many years before. Eugene works through his pain as the boys audition (Tears On My Pillow). Lois likes the boys, but thinks they need to add a fourth member to become a proper doo-wop quartet. After hearing Skip sing (Fools Fall In Love), the boys welcome him into the group and Lois realizes her budding romantic feelings for him. As the newly formed quartet rehearses, Denny struggles with Skip singing lead (Runaround Sue). Lois tries to add polish to the rough edges of their act (The Wanderer), triggering Wally, Denny and Eugene to fantasize about their love for her (Lovin' Lois Medley: Devil or Angel/Earth Angel/Only You). Little do the boys realize that Lois has fallen hard for Skip (I Only Have Eyes for You), surprising him with a kiss. Skip is startled and runs off, leaving the boys oblivious to the unfolding drama, begging Lois to stay and rehearse with them (Stay).
The following evening, Denny, Eugene and Wally rehearse while imagining themselves with Lois ([Just Like] Romeo and Juliet) when Skip arrives to offer the guys some advice about girls and love in general (A Sunday Kind of Love). Skip realizes that Lois is the girl for him and races off to ask for her father’s blessing. Lois arrives to clear things up with the boys, Skip is fired from his job for daring to ask out the boss’ daughter, and Lois and Skip lament their unrequited love in one of the greatest love songs of all time (Unchained Melody).
The next day, the boys implore Lois to go after Skip and bring him back (Easier Said Than Done). They thank her for helping them improve as a group (The Magic Touch) and then head out to search for Skip while Lois reveals her true feelings (Lonely Teardrops). The next morning (Buzz Buzz Buzz), Skip returns just in time to sing for the contest. The boys have since learned a little about love themselves and help Skip realize some important lessons (The Glory of Love). Lois arrives and Skip is prompted by the boys to finally reveal his love for her (Duke of Earl). Later that evening, the rip-roaring finale sequence features the newly-christened Denny and the Dreamers winning the talent search (Pretty Little Angel Eyes) and our talented quartet becomes a quintet as Lois becomes Skip’s wife and joins them onstage in their triumphant return from their worldwide tour (Rama Lama Ding Dong/Sh-Boom/Unchained Melody). All ends happily in this musical that will leave you laughing, singing and cheering in the aisles—let’s hear it for the boys!