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By Paul Goldfinger   Re-Post from  2013.

Last night we saw a musical comedy –a sort of revival–featuring four talented and beautiful young women who injected life into some old music and had the audience smiling from start to finish. The Marvelous Wonderettes premiered in New York City in 2008 and now it is on the road.  We saw it in Florida.  The story is that of a 1958 “girl group”–singers who get to perform at their senior prom.  They staged it with period clothes, mannerisms, music arrangements  and choreography.  It was funny, touching and nostalgic.

The show began with”Mr. Sandman,” and then somehow managed to include over 30 hits from the ’50’s and ’60’s including “Lipstick on your Collar”,” Mr. Lee,” “Stupid Cupid” and so many others.

It seems that many Grovers don’t like the “Doo Wops,” but the music from that era is not all doo wop in its style.   There were people of all ages in the audience, and it was fun.

Here is an example of a non-doo wop song from the cast album  (“Allegheny Moon”) and the finale number which I never heard before called “Thank you and Goodnight” done together with the McGuire Sisters’ “Sincerely”

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