The musical is based on the hit 1986 film, starring Kathleen Turner and Nicholas Cage, in which a middle-aged housewife has a supernatural experience. When attending her high school reunion, Peggy Sue faints and then travels back in time to her 1950s high school days. This time around she is determined not to fall in love and marry Charlie, her husband who, in the fast-forwarded modern day, is a philandering loser.
Book and lyrics for the musical are by Arlene Sarner and Jerry Leichtling who also wrote the screenplay. Music is by Bob Gaudio, a former member of the 1960s group The Four Seasons. Gaudio’s many pop standards - including “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” - helped propel The Four Seasons to fame.
Gaudio’s musical numbers for Peggy Sue Got Married include “You Haven’t Changed a Bit”, “One of the Guys”, “A Word to the Wise”, “New Car Smell”, “2 Old 2 Get Married 2 Young”, “Destiny Ain’t What It Used to Be” and “This Time Around”.
The stage version of Peggy Sue Got Married premiered in Chicago in 1999, directed and choreographed by David H Bell with musical direction by Terry James.
- by Terri Paddock
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