"The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns"
The Sequel to the Smash Off-Broadway Hit Musical
Created by Roger Bean
"Critic's pick! A jukebox-musical phenomenon—entertaining froth of a rarefied order." –Back Stage
"WOW! The Marvelous Wonderettes are as loveable and delightful as ever!" –StageSceneLA
"Roger Bean has done it again!" –Broadway World.com
We’re back in 1958, and it’s time for The Marvelous Wonderettes to graduate in this long-awaited sequel to the smash off-Broadway hit! Join Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy as they sing about their final year in high school, celebrate with their fellow classmates and teachers, and prepare for their next step toward a bright future. Act Two zooms ahead to 1968, where the girls perform as bride and bridesmaids to 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 your audience cheering for more!
"You could tell immediately that the audience was enamored." –The Orange County Register
"An evening of melodic nostalgia!" –Coastline Pilot
"The delicious title quartet of triple threats takes top honors." –Back Stage
It’s Graduation Day for the Class of 1958 (Pomp & Circumstance) and the lights come up on the evening’s special entertainment: The Marvelous Wonderettes (V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N). We first met these four best friends and song leaders¬¬—Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy—at their Super Senior Prom in “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” and “Caps and Gowns” take us to their final day of school at Springfield High (Ding Dong). They announce that the PTA Board has approved the Chipmunk All-Night Rock-and-Roll-a-thon (Rock-at-the-Hop Medley: Rock Around the Clock/Rockin’ Robin/At the Hop), and we learn that even squares like Suzy’s mom like rock ‘n’ roll music (Rock and Roll Waltz). Last week these trophy-winning song-leaders—“Go Chipmunks!”—attended their final paper-shaker camp, and they show us how they won accolades for agility and enthusiasm (Chipmunk Football: Mr. Touchdown/You Gotta Be a Football Hero). The Wonderettes excitedly show their admiration for the new leader of the football program, audience-member Coach Warner, Springfield High’s biggest athletic supporter (Personality). The girls each reveal a special “last will and testament” for their final day of school (Dedicated to the One I Love), and Cindy Lou dedicates her song to the rival high school star quarterback (My Boy, Flat Top). Betty Jean quickly grabs the reins to dedicate a song to her long-running on-again, off-again boyfriend Johnny (Oh Boy!). Missy dedicates a song to her absolute favorite teacher, Mr. Lee (Teacher, Teacher), and passes on her special “Chippie Teacher’s Assistant Manual” to the next Chippie in line (It’s Only Make Believe). Suzy reveals she flunked her senior year and has to return for summer school (Sealed with a Kiss, What a Wonderful World). With their matriculation near (Springfield High Alma Mater), we celebrate all of the year’s accomplishments with the senior year slide show (May You Always), and look forward to the hopes and dreams of the future on this magical day (Graduation Day).
It is now a decade later, three months after their ten-year reunion (from the original “The Marvelous Wonderettes”), and we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, and Suzy as perfectly matched bridesmaids (Dancing in the Street) at Missy’s wedding reception. These ‘Marvelous Bridesmaids’ introduce us to Mr. Lee’s brand new bride, Missy (Here She Comes: Hooked on a Feeling/Just One Look), and Missy soon warns Mr. Lee’s new Chippie assistant to steer clear if she knows what’s good for her (Don’t Mess with Bill). The Wonderettes play a game of telling secrets to liven up the reception, and soon reveal Cindy Lou has a secret new boyfriend (When You Walk in the Room). After the others encourage her (Wishin’ and Hopin’), Cindy Lou drops a bombshell and reveals her love for Coach Warner (The Look of Love). Suzy shares her secret of finally receiving her GED, and thanks her husband Ritchie for helping her study (Baby, I Love You). But Suzy’s big secret is that once again, she’s pregnant (Good Lovin’)! Betty Jean is forced to reveal that Johnny has strayed once again (It’s Gonna Take a Miracle), and the others join forces to provide her with full Wonderettes support and girl power in her hour of need (Hold On, I’m Comin’/You Keep Me Hangin’ On). Missy thanks everyone for attending her wedding reception (A Brand New Me), Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, and Suzy wish her love and fortune on her new journey (May You Always), and Missy sets out to conquer the world as Mrs. Missy Lee (River Deep, Mountain High)!
"What transforms Bean's work from a mere revue into something a bit more substantial is the deft way he develops character and uses songs to describe their problem or situation." –The Orange County Register
"The four gals are still crackling with energy and optimism under the loving eye of director Bean." –Broadway World.com
Jenna Coker-Jones (Betty Jean) is honored to be joining the Wonderettes Team! Recent NYC transplant to LA. Her LA debut being marked by gallons of water dropping onto her chest every night while playing the sassy firecracker Holly Sullivan in Musical Theatre West’s “The Wedding Singer,” followed by “Cabaret” at LA’s Reprise Theatre. Jenna spent 6 months playing one of her dream roles opposite her husband in “Little Shop of Horrors” at the infamous Ford’s Theatre in DC, where they had the honor to perform for the Obamas. Off-Broadway: “Evil Dead” (Cheryl, cast album), “Fame on 42nd Street” (Lambchops, cast album). Fun roles in National Tours: “Annie,” “Jekyll & Hyde,” “Seussical,” “Doctor Doolittle.” TV: “Law & Order.” Thanks to Mom for raising me on this fun music & teaching me how to groove. Absolute love & respect to my Christopher, who will always be my hero. And God—who’s perfect love casts out all fear.
Misty Cotton (Missy) has been seen in the Wonderettes off-Broadway as well as numerous productions of “The Marvelous Wonderettes” and “Winter Wonderettes” around the country. Broadway/National Tours: “Miss Saigon” (Ellen), “Les Miserables” (Eponine), and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (Narrator) opposite Donny Osmond. Some favorite roles and shows: “Side Show” (Violet) Colony Theatre–Ovation, Garland and Robby Awards, “A Little Night Music” (Petra) South Coast Rep–LADCC Award, Best Featured Actress, “The Last Five Years” (Cathy) Pasadena Playhouse, “Annie Get Your Gun” (Annie) CLOSBC, “The Spitfire Grill” (Percy) Laguna Playhouse and Utah Shakespeare Festival, Andrew Lippa’s “Wild Party” (Kate) MTG, many, many more. She has originated roles in two other Roger Bean productions: “Honky Tonk Laundry” (Katy Lane) and “Winter Wonderettes” (Missy), and can also be heard on the Cast Recording of “Winter Wonderettes.” Misty is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and member of the LA-based Musical Theatre Guild (MTG) and a proud member of Actors’ Equity. P.S.–yes, this is my real name.
Bets Malone (Suzy) has had a tremendous journey with “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” She was a member of the original cast, which was a one-act version of the show at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Many productions/songs later she and the show landed in its award-winning production at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, produced by David Elzer and Peter Schneider. Next was the newly-designed version at the Laguna Playhouse, and finally she traveled to NYC to originate Suzy Simpson off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre (original cast album). She can also be heard on the cast recording of “Winter Wonderettes.” She has collaborated both on and off stage with writer Roger Bean on “Honky Tonk Laundry,” “Route 66,” “The Andrews Brothers,” and “Summer of Love.” Her vocal talents can be heard as Talulah the Monkey on the DVD “Barbie—as the Island Princess” as well as the singing voice of Velma in “Scooby Doo—Music of the Vampire.” She has bragging rights for being involved with the infamous productions of “Fame—Das Tanzmusical!,” “Dorian,” “Pilgrim,” and “The Ten Commandments” starring Val Kilmer, which can be seen (preferably with a cocktail) on DVD. Bets is married to Director/Producer Steve Galudini.
Lowe Taylor (Cindy Lou) is lucky to continue spending time traveling from prom to prom performing “The Marvelous Wonderettes” all over the country, including New York City and Sacramento Music Circus. Fun fact: Lowe is the first actress ever to perform all four roles in “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” Off-Broadway: “The Marvelous Wonderettes (Suzy). Regional: “The Marvelous Wonderettes” (Suzy, Betty Jean, Missy, Cindy Lou), “Winter Wonderettes” (Cindy Lou), “Little Shop of Horrors” (Audrey), “Divorce! The Musical” (Penny), “Sunday in the Park with George” (Dot/Marie), “South Street” (Lydia), “Into the Woods” (Baker’s Wife), “The Pajama Game” (Babe Williams), and “Once Upon a Mattress” (Princess Winnifred). Workshops/Readings: Ken Roht’s “The Nutcracker” (Center Theatre Group), “The Man Who Would Be King” (Rubicon), “Little Me” (MTG), and “Hello Again” (MTG). Proud member of SAG, AEA and Musical Theatre Guild. Love to PDC.
Michael Borth (Musical Arrangements and Orchestrations). Off-Broadway: “The Marvelous Wonderettes” (Conductor and Orchestrator). NYC: Ryan Scott Oliver’s “35mm” (production and cast recording). National Tours: “Gypsy,” “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “Man of La Mancha,” “The Will Rogers Follies,” and “The King and I.” Recent regional work includes new orchestrations for “Kiss Me Kate” for Reprise, and arranging and conducting Roger Bean’s “Summer of Love” at Musical Theatre West and Ogunquit Playhouse. Regional work includes Pasadena Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus, Ogunquit Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, Music Theatre of Wichita, and Musical Theatre West.
Roger Bean is the creator of the long-running off-Broadway smash hit “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” which has played in hundreds of theaters around the world. Mr. Bean also created two popular sequels for these four delightful song leaders from Springfield High: the holiday celebration “Winter Wonderettes,” and this new sequel “The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns.” Original cast albums for all three Wonderettes shows are available online. Additional audience-pleasing jukebox hits from Mr. Bean include “Summer of Love,” “The Andrews Brothers,” “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?,” “Route 66” (over 100 productions throughout the country), and the long-running Los Angeles hit “Life Could Be a Dream,” the ’60s doo-wop musical that received the LA Drama Critics Circle Award, the LA Weekly Theatre Award, and the Backstage Garland Award for Outstanding Musical of 2010. “The Marvelous Wonderettes” won the LA Ovation Award for Best Musical of 2007.
"The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns" Original Cast Album
Recorded August 22 and 23, 2012 at The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA
Executive Producer: Roger Bean, Wonderettes LLC
Musical Arrangements and Orchestrations: Michael Borth
Recording Engineer: Eric Llljestrand
Second Engineer: Eric Denniston
Conductor/Keyboard: Michael Borth
Drums: Eric Heinly
Guitar: Jack Majdecki
Keyboard: Alby Potts
CD Art Direction & Design: Samantha Levenshus, Wonderettes LLC
Photography: Ken Jacques Photography
Costume Design: Bobby Pearce
Scenic Design: Michael Carnahan
Lighting Design: D Martyn Bookwalter
Choreography: Roger Castellano
Slide Whistle: Axel Liljestrand
IndieGoGo Associate Producers:
Perry Steele Patton, Allyson J, Cotton, Carolvee Beckstrand, Stanley D. Cohen
Special Thanks to:
Charles Finn, Jim and Carlotta Malone, Wanda L McClead, Catheryn & Heidi
Thanks to Jeff Greenberg and Tina Morris of The Village
Amazing Chipmunk Chatter to our wonderful and loyal Wonderettes fans. We absolutely love "when you walk in the room!"
“The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns” premiered at The Laguna Playhouse, Karen Wood, Executive Director; Ann E. Wareham, Artistic Director.
“The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns” is licensed exclusively through Steele Spring Theatrical Licensing,