The Junior Theater Version of the
Hit Off-Broadway Musical
Created by Roger Bean
Make it home by curfew in this prom-only version of the off-Broadway hit!
The Marvelous Wonderettes ‘58 takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, we are treated to the girls performing such classic ‘50s songs as “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick On Your Collar,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” and other classic hits! You’ve never had this much fun at a prom and you will never forget The Marvelous Wonderettes ‘58—a must-take musical trip down memory lane! The smash off-Broadway hit is cut down to Act 1 only in this Junior Theater reworking of The Marvelous Wonderettes.
The Marvelous Wonderettes Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording is available to purchase from Steele Spring or online through iTunes or Amazon.com.
At the 1958 Springfield High School prom, the lights come up on the evening’s special entertainment: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Mr. Sandman). These four best friends (Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy) launch into the Sugar & Spice Medley: Lollipop/Sugartime and we learn that the Wonderettes are also the trophy-winning varsity song leaders for Springfield High—"Go Chipmunks!" While Betty Jean excitedly runs out front to put their new trophy in the school’s display case, her best friend, Cindy Lou, steals her solo (Allegheny Moon) and cracks in their friendship begin to appear. After Missy and Suzy break up the squabble, we hear the real reason the girls are performing tonight: they are the replacement act for tonight’s originally scheduled group, the Crooning Crabcakes. Billy Ray Patton, the lead Crab, got suspended from school for smoking behind the girls’ locker room. They reveal the theme of tonight’s super senior prom (Marvelous Dreams Medley: All I Have to Do Is Dream/Dream Lover) and with the help of Missy’s special dreamcatcher, each girl gets to dedicate a song to her very own "dream lover." Suzy sings to her boyfriend, Richie, who is also running the lights (Stupid Cupid). Betty Jean sings to her boyfriend Johnny (Lipstick on Your Collar), discovering that Johnny and Cindy Lou have been making out behind her back, and Cindy Lou sings of her special talents in Lucky Lips. After Suzy squelches another fight between Cindy Lou and Betty Jean—"L-O-V-E, that spells love…!"—Missy reveals her own Secret Love, the girls’ music teacher (Man of My Dreams Medley: Mr. Lee/Born Too Late/Teacher’s Pet). The talent competition is next, followed by the vote for the 1958 Queen of Your Dreams—"That’s the Prom Queen!" The Wonderettes sing prepare for the end of the prom (Goodnight & Goodbye Medley: Sincerely/Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight), followed by the crowning of the 1958 Queen of Your Dreams and her spotlight song (Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me). The Wonderettes thank everyone for an amazing evening of wonderful memories (Thank You and Goodnight/Sincerely).