Photo Flash: First Look at THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES: CAPS & GOWNS at Geva Theatre Center
The girls with big skirts, big voices and big dreams are back with another musical trip down memory lane! Following last year's production of The Marvelous Wonderettes, Geva Theatre Center presents The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns. Written and created by Roger Bean with vocal and musical arrangements by Michael Borth, The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns is directed by Melissa Rain Anderson with musical direction by Don Kot and will be performed in the Fielding Stage from tonight, December 7, through December 24. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
We're back in 1958, and it's time for the Wonderettes to graduate in this delightful sequel to last season's hit! Join Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy as they sing about their final year in high school, celebrate and prepare for their next step toward a bright future. Act Two zooms ahead to 1968, where the girls celebrate Missy's marriage to Mr. Lee! Featuring "Rock Around the Clock," "At the Hop," "Dancing in the Street," "River Deep, Mountain High" and 25 more hits, The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns will have you cheering for more!
The Marvelous Wonderettes series pays homage to the Songleader Squads of the 50s and 60s. In 1998 Roger Bean created a one-act musical, The Marvelous Wonderettes. The show was quickly developed into a full, two-act musical and has been produced at theatres nationwide including a two-year run at the El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles where it garnered Ovation Award nominations and awards, including the 2007 award for Best Musical. In 2008 it opened Off-Broadway at The Westside Theatre in New York City where it ran until 2010. The original Off-Broadway cast recording was released in 2008. The success of the original The Marvelous Wonderettes produced three sequels: The Marvelous Wonderettes: Winter Wonderettes; The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On and The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns. The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns premiered at Laguna Playhouse in 2012. Original cast recordings are available of all three sequels.
The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns is directed by Melissa Rain Anderson (Geva productions of In the Heights, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Monty Python's Spamalot! and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) with musical direction by Don Kot. The design team includes Sam Hoderlein (scenic designer), Janice Ferger (costume designer), Rob Denton (lighting designer) and Ian Hildreth (sound designer).
Photo Credit: Goat Factory Media Entertainment
Emelie Faith Thompson as Cindy Lou
Audra Cramer as Missy
Ally Young-Price, Audra Cramer and Emelie Faith Thompson