|Kristen Alderson, Tonja Walker, Kathy Brier, Jason Tam and Ilene|
Kristen. Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos
"The Marvelous Wonderettes" takes a cotton-candied colored musical trip down memory lane to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet “The Wonderettes”, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. Audiences experience their lives and loves from prom night to their ten year reunion as told through more than twenty chart topping hits of the fifties and sixties including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” and “It’s My Party.”
Created, written, and originally directed by Roger Bean, the previous New York production played at the West Side Theatre from September 2008 to January 2010.
The new production stars Christina Bianco as Missy, Kathy Brier as Suzy, Jenna Leigh Green as Cindy Lou, and Sally Schwab as Betty Jean.
I spoke with Brier, along with Kristen and Alderson, before the performance. Alderson is enjoying her post-soap opera life, and is interested in doing more theater. Kristen is working on multiple new projects, including one with former As the World Turns star Lauren B. Martin. Look for more soon.