Play by Dalt Wonk, Music by Jody Dickerson & Wonk, 2000
Splendour Harmonies Returning follows a young Rhythm & Blues singing group as they try to get their big break. At the center of the group (and of the story) are Lester and Claire. He’s a mechanic and she works in a Beauty Shop. They’re in love, but can’t seem to stay on an even keel.
The show is a quirky comedy — interspersed with songs, as the group rehearses and performs.
Finally, the group — THE SPLENDOUR HARMONIES — gets to play for a high-class society Gala. This could launch them! After years of struggle, it’s moment of truth. Or, so it seems to Lester. Can he survive the failure of his dreams?
For its premiere production, the show received enthusiastic reviews. “One of the most entertaining plays here in some time” said the States-Item critic — noting Wonk’s “snappy dialogue and wit”.
By the second week-end, people had to be turned away at the door.