• February 9, 2018

Those who see The Marvelous Wonderettes at Theatre Row’s Kirk Theatre are in for a hot time. The fact is Marvelous Wonderettes groups enjoy a major “Heat Wave” that warms the deepest winter chill and calms the most powerful north wind. This show has a host of up tempo numbers all of which climbed the charts in the 1950s and 1960s. The first act of the musical comedy is set in 1958 at the senior prom of Springfield High where the girl-group, The Marvelous Wonderettes, has been asked to entertain.

Suzy, Missy, Cindy Lou, and Betty Jean are adorned in crinoline and ready to sing their hearts out. Act two sees the four ladies return to Springfield High to entertain the class in 1968, during their 10-year reunion. In each act, we learn about their lives, dreams, hopes, and relationships as they weave a melodic and harmonious chain of songs that sometimes unites and at other times divides them.

Upbeat Numbers Drive the Show

It’s true that there are ballads and other songs that are more contemplative in tempo in this musical, including “Leader of the Pack,” Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight,” and “You Don’t Own Me,” but there are plenty of upbeat tunes. These songs drive the energy of this musical. Included are the hits “Lollipop,” “It’s in His Kiss,” and the exceptionally energetic “Heat Wave.”

“Heat Wave,” which was released as a 45-rpm single on July 9, 1963, on the Gordy label, a subsidiary of Motown, hit number one on the Billboard Hot R&B chart. It stayed there for a month. It also hit number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The group that made the song a hit was Martha and the Vandellas.

Act Two Curtain Raiser

When you start the second act of a musical you usually want to do so with a bang. The Marvelous Wonderettes certainly does that by beginning the act two with “Heat Wave.” It’s a very hot rendition of the tune that first involves Missy, Cindy Lou, and Betty Jean. Finally, at one point in the number, they are joined by a very pregnant Suzy. It’s a massively energetic opening to the second act that then offers a reprise of the harmonious “Mr. Sandman.”

Marvelous Wonderettes Groups Love This Cool Heat Wave

For Marvelous Wonderettes groups, the song “Heat Wave” defines the ultimate energy of this musical comedy, which is optimistic, uplifting, and completing engaging. For group tickets to The Marvelous Wonderettes contact All Tickets today by calling 212-362-5797 or 800-922-0716 or emailing us at janet.robinson@jrgroupsales.com or info@allticketsinc.com .

Marvelous Wonderettes groups can get tickets for just $45.00 per person. Plus, the professional and personable staff at All Tickets can book your group’s restaurant reservations, hotel rooms, and tickets to other great Off-Broadway and Broadway shows. We’re here to serve you.

Performances of The Marvelous Wonderettes are on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. & 8:15 p.m., Thursdays at 8:15 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. at the Kirk Theatre, Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St., NYC 10036. Use our link to learn more about The Marvelous Wonderettes and the hit song “RESPECT.”

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