"The Marvelous Wonderettes," San Pedro Theatre Club, San Pedro, CA

January 18, 2015 7:39 PM

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In olden times, to commemorate a rite of passage, young people would gather in a public space in the company of chaperones to sing with and dance to music. The music was a confession, it was a catharsis. It told of crushes, first loves, and all manner of attendant, tempest in a teacup sorrows. Compared to now, the lyrics were innocent. Music was life's soundtrack, its scrapbook. Years later you could hear a song on an oldie station and remember what you were doing, with whom, and where you were when you first heard it. Roger Bean's "The Marvelous Wonderettes," staged with exuberance and joy at the San Pedro Theatre Club, reenacts this magic.

It's panic time at the 1958 Springfield High School prom. The slated gig gets axed because one of the boys, a butt head, got caught smoking (Really, that's all he did?). The song girls, the Marvelous Wonderettes, come to the rescue. There's Betty Jean (Kelsey Bullock), Cindy Lou (Michelle Zelina), S...

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