The Marvellous Wonderettes at Theatre Royal Windsor Paul Thomas | UK Theatre Network (uktheatrenetwork.com)
IT'S marvellous, it's magical and it's a world away from the society we have to endure today. When music was fresh, alive and a whole new genre was beginning to entertain the teenagers of post-war regenerated countries yearning to break out of the confines of conflict.Enter...Rock 'n' Roll, doo-wop diddy, diddy, sequins, chiffon skirts, tight shirts, lame suits, quiffs and hair lacquer you could drown in.So down at the Theatre Royal Windsor, owner impresario Bill Kenwright, has brought four of the most sensational female voices you're gonna hear on tour anywhere in the UK this season.The Marvellous Wonderettes sashayed on to a stage not overly adorned by uneasy set design, but still encapsulating the era of two distinct years in the growth of arguably the planet's favourite form of music.It's 1958 in Act 1 and 1968 in Act 2, both at Springfield High School Prom, where we meet The Wonderettes: four girls who want love, and rainbows as big as their smiles ...and their voices.Sophie Camble as Missy, Rosie Needham as Cindy Lou, Louise Young as Betty Jean and Kara Taylor Alberts as Suzy, ooze beauty from every pore. Their harmonies are sublime, their phrasing past understanding and really captures the age. Their energy is infectious in the Grease-Style girly environs of the 50s and 60s.This really is a tour de force of fantastic vocals which Kenwright captures with alarming alacrity as he continues to walk us down the road of a golden age.Featuring over thirty hit songs from the 1950s and 1960s by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Neil Sedaka, Connie Francis, Bobby Darin, Otis Redding, Doris Day and Dusty Springfield, including Stupid Cupid, Son of a Preacher Man, I Only Wanna Be with You, Secret Love, Lipstick on Your Collar, Respect, Rescue Me, Dream Lover, Dream Lover, Lucky Lips, It's In His Kiss, It's My Party, Leader Of The Pack and so many, many more, this is a night of hits that are the fabric of our lives.It's a crinoline skirt cracker of of a night out..you'll be singing and dancing all the way home.Do yourself a bopping big favour and ditch the tellybox to do the doo-wop walk on down to the 'Royal' for a chiffon-flavoured flight of nostalgia and some of the best pop songs of all time .The Marvellous Wonderettes , Theatre Royal Windsor, until Saturday, May 25. Box office: 01753 853888 or theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk