The '60s Holiday Sequel to the Smash Off-Broadway Hit
Created by Roger Bean
The Wonderettes are back! This seasonal celebration finds the girls entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls must use their talent and creative ingenuity, plus some great holiday tunes such as "Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town," "Jingle Bell Rock," "Run, Rudolph, Run," "Winter Wonderland," and 20 other seasonal favorites, to save their holiday party. The result is, of course, marvelous! This energetic and entertaining show is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages.
The Winter Wonderettes Original Studio Cast Recording is available to purchase from Steele Spring or online through iTunes and Amazon.com.
The Marvelous Wonderettes are back as they create a rockin’ ‘60s party to celebrate the holidays with friends and family!
Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy are entertaining at the 1968 holiday party for Harper’s Hardware, where Betty Jean has worked since high school (Mister Santa). Family, friends and employees of Harper’s Hardware (the audience) are all in attendance, and the Wonderettes transform the hardware store into a magical winter wonderland (Rockin’ Christmas Medley: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree/Jingle Bell Rock/Little Saint Nick/A Marshmallow World). They offer special thanks to the guys in the lumber department who helped create the set for their show (Snowfall). Keeping with annual tradition, Mr. Harper is scheduled to appear as Santa Claus and pass out the much-anticipated bonus envelopes (The Man With the Bag). Missy leads the girls in a tribute to the many places she visited on her recent honeymoon (It’s Christmas Time All Over the World), and they celebrate Christmas “Around the World” in true Wonderette style (¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?, Mele Kalikimaka, O Tannenbaum, We Wanna See Santa Do the Mambo). Betty Jean complains about her solo and the others respond with the entrance cue for Mr. Harper (Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town). When Santa misses his entrance, Betty Jean runs off to find him, returning triumphant with the bonus envelopes instead. After passing them all out, the envelopes are opened to discover pink slips—Harper’s Hardware is closing (Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day).
We return from intermission (Run, Rudolph, Run) and the ever-resourceful Missy tries to change the mood of the evening with happy Christmas memories (Suzy Snowflake, This Christmas, All Those Christmas Clichés). They decide to “ring in” some new holiday memories (Holiday Bells Medley: Ring Those Christmas Bells/Sleigh Ride/Jingle Bells) and Betty Jean discovers the possibility of a surprising new love interest (What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?). To round out the evening, the Wonderettes bring on their own Santa: Missy’s new husband Bill (Santa Baby). While thanking Santa, the girls discover an identical set of bonus envelopes in Santa’s bag. The first set of envelopes was Mr. Harper’s practical joke on Betty Jean—Harper’s Hardware is staying open and everyone receives a huge bonus!
All ends happily and merrily in this delightful holiday sequel to the smash off-Broadway hit (Winter Wonderland).