THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES: DREAM ON Opens Tonight at Stages Repertory Theatre
THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES: DREAM ON, written and created by Roger Bean will make its World Premiere from now through September 18, 2016 at Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston, TX, directed and choreographed by Melissa Rain Anderson, with musical direction by Kevin David Thomas. Opening night is tonight, August 5, 2016.
Stages Rep is delighted to announce this World Premiere, the latest addition to the highly-acclaimed Wonderettes series. The hit musical series first premiered at Stages in July 2010 with The Marvelous Wonderettes and ran for a record-breaking 8 months. Stages has also produced the other shows in the series, Winter Wonderettes (2011 and 2012) and The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns (2013).
Rachel Logue (The Marvelous Wonderettes series, Steel Magnolias, Dollhouse)
Chelsea Ryan McCurdy (The Marvelous Wonderettes series, The Honky Tonk Angels, Big Fish, The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical)
Christina Stroup (The Marvelous Wonderettes series, Panto Snow Queen: Unfrozen, Panto Sleeping Beauty)
Holland Varva (The Marvelous Wonderettes series, The Honky Tonk Angels, Big Fish, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Steel Magnolias)
Also on the creative team are: Properties Designer - Jodi Bobrovsky; Lighting Designer - Michael Clark; Scenic Designer - Liz Freese; Costume Designer - Tiffani Fuller; and Sound Designer - Michael Mullins.
Roger Bean, mastermind behind the award-winning Wonderettes series, created the first Wonderettes production for Milwaukee Repertory Theatre in 1999. Since its debut, the Wonderettes series has won several awards and been produced throughout the U.S. As Bean began to gain national recognition for his original work, he was inspired to pen additional installments for the Wonderettes series, including this latest, Dream On. He chose Stages from theatres nationwide for this premiere because of his successful past collaborations with the artistic leadership of Stages, which stands as a significant endorsement of the company's high standards and consistent quality of work. Bean is on hand during the rehearsal and preview process to help shape the work in conjunction with Director Melissa Rain Anderson and Musical Director Kevin David Thomas.
Based out of New York City, Melissa Rain Anderson is the guest director for Stages' latest Wonderettes production. Anderson leads the all-star cast, which includes Houston and Stages' favorites Rachael Logue, Chelsea Ryan McCurdy, Christina Stroup, and Holland Varva. Each of these talented actors starred in Stages' original production of The Marvelous Wonderettes in 2010 and has appeared in all subsequent Wonderettes productions at Stages.
It's 1969, and everyone is gathered in the Springfield High School Gymnasium, where the Wonderettes are throwing a fabulous retirement party for their beloved homeroom teacher. But as the decade passes, one Wonderette must choose between her lifelong friends and the allure of fame. Featuring your favorite songs from the '60s and '70s, The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On includes hits such as Build Me Up, Buttercup, Gimme Some Lovin', I Will Survive, The Hustle, I Can See Clearly Now, We Are Family and more!
Special Q&A performances including a post-show chat with the creative team will be held on the following days: Sunday, August 7, 2:30p; Thursday, August 11, 7:30p; and Sunday, August 14, 2:30p.
Performance Times: Wednesdays, Thursdays 7:30p, Fridays 8:00p, Saturdays 2:30p and 8:00p, Sundays 2:30p. All performances run at Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway Houston, TX 77019. This show is approximately 2 hours with one intermission. Tickets: $23 - $85. To Purchase: Call 713.527.0123 or visit www.stagestheatre.com.