‘Marvelous Wonderettes’ creator working with MSMT


BRUNSWICK — Roger Bean, writer and creator of the smash hit musical “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” will travel from Los Angeles to the Maine State Music Theatre to act as creative consultant during early rehearsals of the show in late May.

“The Marvelous Wonderettes” will open the MSMT’s 53rd season on June 8 and run through June 25.

The musical revolves around four young women at their high-school prom in 1958 and again at their 10-year reunion in 1968, as they discuss their lives and loves by singing pop hits from the 1950s and ’60s.

Bean is an award-winning creator and director of musicals that incorporate music from a particular era into endearing stories that bring both well- and lesser-known hits from the days of the phonograph and jukebox to life.

“The Marvelous Wonderettes” is an Off-Broadway hit that won the 2009 Drama League Award for Best Musical. Other musicals by Bean include “The Andrews Brothers,” Route 66,” “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” “Honky Tonk Laundry,” “Don’t Touch That Dial!” and “Life Could Be A Dream.”

“It’s such an opportunity for us to touch base with a creative resource who is responsible for the inception of this show. We can only imagine that his familiarity with the show will enhance our production,” MSMT Executive Director Steven Peterson said.

“I’ve always been intrigued by the dance history of this era. The 1950s and 1960s were America’s Golden Age, filled with hope and optimism, which was reflected in the music and dance trends of the time,” said Jacob Toth, choreographer for the show.

Matinees are at 2 p.m. and evening shows are at 7:30. For tickets, specific dates and availability, call 725-8769, log on to www.msmt.org or visit the box office at Pickard Theater on the Bowdoin College campus.

MSMT’s summer season
* “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” June 8-25
* “Annie,” June 29-July 16
* “Xanadu,” July 20-Aug. 6
* “The Wiz,” Aug. 10-27