When: Fri., Sept. 16 2011
Hot off one of the best seasons in its history — thanks to smash hits like this summer's Hairspray — Lakewood's Beck Center for the Arts launches its new season tonight with The Marvelous Wonderettes. Written and created by Roger Bean, the rompy, poppy, off-Broadway cutie honors old faves like "Mr. Sandman," "It's My Party," and "The Shoop Shoop Song"; along the way, it also picked up a 2007 L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award for best musical. Running through October 16, the Beck Center production is spearheaded by former artistic director William Roudebush and stars Amiee Collier, Elizabeth Riley, Theresa Kloos, and Nikki Curmaci as the members of the titular 1950s girl group. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays except September 18. There is an additional 3 p.m. matinee on Saturday, October 15. Ticket prices range from $10 to $28, plus a three-buck service fee; get them online or by phone. — Cicora 17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-521-2540 ext. 10, beckcenter.org.