Full Length Musical
Time Period - 1960s
Settings Of Play - Here and now - in the days of beehives and 45s.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Competition or audition material
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes
No Special Cautions
Appropriate for all audiences
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Tony, From Broadway, From Off-Broadway
NOMINEE! 1985 TONY AWARD FOR BEST MUSICAL
This hit Broadway musical retrospective celebrates the life and times of Ellie Greenwich, whose doo wop sounds skyrocketed to the top of the sixties charts. The story of Ellie's rise to fame and fortune is punctuated with the virtual Hit Parade of her music: "Chapel of Love," "Da Do Ron Ron," "Be My Baby," "Hanky Panky," Do Wah Diddy," "And Then He Kissed Me" and, of course, the title song "Leader of the Pack."
"Leader of the Pack was the first modern Broadway musical of its kind to tell the story of a real person through their songs [the singular Ellie Greenwich] — a precursor to Beautiful: The Carole King Musical before the [jukebox musical] genre was popular or well-worn." - Playbill.com
"A happy, high spirited, foot stomping romp. I never realized the songs of the sixties could sound so good." - WNBC Radio
"The show dances with that up tempo "wall of sound' that was part of all our lives." - Hollywood Reporter
"Superior, consistently ingratiating entertainment." - Variety
Leader of the Pack opened on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre on April 8, 1985. It was directed by Michael Peters.