Struck like a lightning bolt with a “killer” cold on the weekend, I only ventured out for a couple of hours to catch one play

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I spent most of the weekend in bed sneering at Trump on CNN.

‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’

I caught this DELIGHTFULLY HILARIOUS musical many years back and loved it! I was thrilled to be asked to see it locally on the weekend, offered by a different troupe. Once again it was a non-stop delight! A different theatre, cast, director and space in time, but again it was pure joy from start to finish!

A lighthearted musical journey throughout, it covers a ton of HIT songs from the 1950s and 1960s. You couldn’t help but notice many of the audience members mouthing the words to the familiar and nostalgic songs.

The first act takes place in the ‘50s with the girls performing at their senior prom. Act Two unfolds in the ‘60s on the same stage with each other for a class reunion. They are a decade older and a bit more jaded by life but just as wacky! As the beyond-hysterical Wonderettes, the quartet of WILDLY funny and talented gals give non-stop, high-energy performances! Kelsey Boze (as Cindy Lou), Amanda Walter (as Missy), Kate Ponzio (as Betty Jean) and Reneé Cohen (as Suzy) are truly MARVELOUS!

Cleverly conceived and written by Roger Bean and directed with HYSTERICAL tongue-in-cheek perfection by Robert Marra, the manic pace never lags and the laughs are non-stop! The audience even gets to vote by ballot which girl wins “Queen of Your Dreams.” Gary Lamb adds quirky fun as the voice of the school principal.

Michael Mullen designed the perky and colorful costumes, as each girl wears their own signature color throughout the play.

Savvy Musical Director William A. Reilly accompanies the cast on piano. Joanne McGee created the scenic design with her usual flair. Joe Shea (sound) and Zad Potter (lighting) add greatly to the fun!

This is a WILDLY ENTERTAINING show. Don’t miss it!

“The Marvelous Wonderettes” plays through January 7, 2018 at Crown City Theatre located at 11031 Camarillo St. in North Hollywood. For seats call (818) 605-5685 or visit

Back soon with more theeatah chat!

In addition to writing about theatre for The Tolucan Times, Pat Taylor owns Hubba Hubba! vintage clothing store in Burbank.


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