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'Life Could Be A Dream' hits the stage

August 7, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The people behind the hit musical, "The Marvelous Wonderettes," are telling a new story with the help of some old songs."Life Could Be A Dream" tells the story of some guys out to form a singing group in hopes of winning a local radio contest and hit the big time. The duet quickly becomes a quartet and that dream suddenly feels like it could really happen. For the stars of the musical, it already is.

"I've been out of college for a year and I never ... dreamt that something like this could happen," said Justin Michael Duval, who is part of the show.

When asked if performing in the musical is like being in a dream, Daniel Tatar, who plays the character "Denny" in the show said, "Yes, I mean, every night we get to come on stage and have a lot of fun, dance around and just play."

"Life Could Be A Dream" is just beginning. It is set to run for eight weeks at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre in Hollywood.

"We're having a fantastic time doing the show. The music is infectious and we love performing the show every night," said Jim Holdridge, who plays "Eugene."

"It's so intimate," said Doug Carpenter, who plays "Skip." "You can really connect with each performer and every single seat. I mean, I end up looking at almost everybody's eyes the entire performance. It's very different, but it's nice."

Jessica Keenan Wynn, who plays Lois, the girl who breaks hearts but tries to put the polish on the group, loves that this musical reaches out to all demographics.

"I mean, kids and parents and grandparents. I mean, that love and that energy is electrifying and wonderful and comforting in so many ways," said Wynn.

"I want to be the king of juke box musicals. I think that is ... That is what I aspire to," said Roger Bean, the writer and director of the show.

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