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Sep 26 15 10:17 AM
JUANITA,GEORGEANNA, GLADYS, WANDA, & KATHY...
ALL FIVE ORIGINAL MARVELETTES !!!
Sep 26 15 10:26 AM
The Marvelous Marvelettes
Black Ensemble Theater 4450 N. Clark Street Chicago
They were the first ladies of Motown way before the Supremes-one of the greatest girl groups that Motown ever had, and they were called The Marvelettes. The Marvelettes were one of the first major successful acts of Motown Records and, with the release of the 1961 #1 Single "Please Mr. Postman," they gave Motown its first #1 single.
Thru - Sep 7, 2014
Show Type: Musical
Box Office: 773-769-4451
Running Time: 1hr, 50mins; one intermission
Black Ensemble Theater Seating Chart
Chicago Tribune - Recommended
"...But "The Marvelous Marvelettes" is somehow very touching, not least because it reveals the vulnerability and insecurity of so many young artists. When they first walked into the Motown studios with their chaperone (played here by Eretha McCullough), the young women who would become The Marvelettes were calling themselves The Casinyets (as in "can't sing yet"). Gordy smartly nixed that name but he also knew he had a blank canvas on which to paint his notions of a best-selling group."Read Full Review
Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended
"...Although this is largely an "all-girls" show - for which designer Ruthanne Swanson has devised scores of period-perfect costumes, including one terrific "trick" outfit - there is a terrific turn by handsome, golden-voiced Daniel Phillips as the soulful Jimmy Ruffin, singing "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted." Supplying accompaniment for the 15 or so hit songs in the show is a galvanic onstage band led by music director Robert Reddrick (on drums), Justin Dillard (keyboard), Herb Walker (guitar) and Danny O'Conner (bass)."Read Full Review
Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended
"...Williams's script frequently tells when it should show, giving us characters who sit around talking about their lives more than they live them, and while as lead singer Gladys Horton, Melanie McCullough's got the pipes and personality, she's never given much worth singing over. It's too bad, because with songs like "Please Mr. Postman" and "Heatwave," the show should really wow. Instead it wusses out."Read Full Review
Windy City Times - Highly Recommended
"...Melanie McCullough, Alanna Taylor, Kylah Frye, Christina Harper and Katrina D. Richard make the transition from girlish exuberance to road-weary womanhood with an immediacy echoed by Rhonda Preston and Deanna Reed-Foster as their older counterparts. Lest they suffer the exhaustion that proved the undoing of the real-life Marvelettes, the score provides them rest periods with auxiliary scenes involving bickering record executives; a hankie-wringing performance of "What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted" by Daniel Phillips; and a rousing rendition of "Heat Wave" with Marquecia Jordon, flanked by techies Chloe and Amber Loren, standing in for Martha and The Vandellas. ( Hey—everybody sings at Black Ensemble!)"Read Full Review
ShowBizChicago - Highly Recommended
"...Black Ensemble Theater's newest production, THE MARVELOUS MARVELEETS took me right back to the year 1961. Motown at it's finest. The voices crescendo throughout the theater and a tangible energy left me wanting more. The Marvelous Marvelettes opens with two former group members Juanita Cowart (performed by Rhonda Preston) and Katherine Anderson (performed by Deanna Reed-Foster). The pair, now filled with the wisdom of experience, add candid moments that make the audience feel right at home. With a combination of reflection and laughter, the duo reminisces on their past years together and provides the audience a glimpse of one of Motown's most astonishing groups - The Marvelous Marvelettes."Read Full Review
Stage and Cinema - Recommended
"...It's all here in this generous and seemingly inexhaustible, two-hour salute to the "other Supremes." Working with a more intimate band than usual (just four musicians), music director Robert Reddrick fully applies his time-traveling talent for authenticity to origins and fidelity to style. The rest is a roller coaster of exposition, with the young ladies fondly remembered by their older selves (Rhonda Preston and Deanna Reedd-Foster) and their much-motivating high school counselor (Ereatha McCullough)."Read Full Review
Oct 2 15 1:06 PM
...Based on their SECOND Top 10 Hit.
As you can clearly see, ALL FIVE ORIGINAL MEMBERS
are on the cover...including JUANITA and GEORGEANNA.
Which makes it LUDICROUS for the ROCK AND ROLL HALL
OF FAME to have ONLY nominated 4 of them.
Juanita (Wynetta...far left) was on several important recordings...plus
she was a FOUNDING MEMBER.
If nominated AGAIN, and possibly INDUCTED in the future
ALL FIVE ORIGINAL MARVELETTES should be INDUCTED !!!
The R&R HoF NEEDS TO STOP "PICKING and CHOOSING which members
of groups be inducted....and which DON'T.
INDUCT THEM ALL !!!
Feb 26 17 3:49 PM
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