Join co-hosts Leslie Goshko and James Bewley as they present an all-new musical salute to spring inspired by the long-running Lawrence Welk television program. Bewley, as his alter ego Dale Seever, picks up the celebrated conductor’s baton and tries his best to lead an evening of popular song as interpreted by a troupe of performers he’s hand selected for the show. Far from a traditional tribute, the hour-long event veers off into unexpected territory as petty jealousies, forbidden passions, and over-sized egos of the cast are revealed. While viewers could only guess as to what was going on behind the scenes on the Welk program, Wunnerful Wunnerful! highlights the real tensions of putting on a show, where things are sometimes not so…wunnerful.
The familiar Welk aesthetic and range of talents will be on display in a lineup of beleaguered dancers, awkward sister acts, competitive duets, and a band reluctantly wearing matching suits.
The evening includes champagne favorites from a cast of genuine comedic and theatrical talents that include the Wunnerful Companions led by Andrew Bancroft (Moondrunk) with Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (Freestyle Love Supreme), Eric Biondo (Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra), and Steve O’Reilly (Tammany Hall NYC). With a cast of players that includes Molly Pope, Salty Brine, Cariad Harmon, Ashley Perez Flanagan, Barrie McLain, Tonya Glanz, Shaye Troha, The Trumpet Boys. With Choreography by Carol Mendes & Artists featuring dancers Ali Coleman and Jack Blackmon.
Brooklyn-based performer and comedian James Bewley is the host of the talk show and podcast Dale Radio, which has been called “infectious” by The New York Times; “bizarre” by The Village Voice; and “awesome” by Time Out New York. Bewley has been a featured performer at SF Sketchfest, NYC PodFest, SOLOCOM, and ANT Fest at Ars Nova.
Award-winning storyteller and musician Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post, Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion, SiriusXM) is the host and creator of the monthly storytelling series, Sideshow Goshko, which has been hailed as a Time Out New York "Critics' Pick" and “a well-programmed night” by the New York Times. And thanks to the support of many Internet voters, she performed with the cast of Hairspray on Broadway.