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‘Leader of the Pack’ revs up Playhouse stage
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CUMMING -- RISPA Theatrical Production’s first weekend of “Leader of the Pack” at the Cumming Playhouse mesmerized audiences with its toe-tapping, sing-along fun. And there are still plenty of opportunities to catch this entertaining show, which runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and at 3 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 14.

“Leader of the Pack,” which was nominated for the 1985 Tony for Best Musical, captures the fun of the da wop era. The show traces the biographical tale of 1960’s hit maker Ellie Greenwich, who, along with writing partner Jeff Barry, wrote her way into pop music history with a long string of hits.

Greenwich’s personal story of her rise to success is spotlighted in the show through many of her hits, such as “Chapel of Love,” “Be My Baby,” “Da Do Ron Ron,” “Then He Kissed Me,” and of course the title song, “Leader of the Pack.”

Playbill.com called “Leader of the Pack” a trend-setter, noting that the show was “the first modern Broadway musical of its kind to tell the story of a real person through their songs — a precursor to ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ before the jukebox musical genre was popular or well-worn.”

Through the talent and hard work of members of Alpharetta-based production company RISPA, this toe-tapping show transports audiences back to a simpler time. Audiences may remember RISPA’s work from their 2015 production of “CATS” at the Cumming Playhouse.

According to its website, RISPA is a “cultural performing arts school committed to making performing arts a meaningful experience for all individuals.” RISPA seeks to prepare young performers for a serious career in dance, musical theatre, acting, and singing, while also building skills such as discipline, self-confidence and creativity.

All tickets to “Leader of the Pack” are $25.

To purchase tickets, go to playhousecumming.com or call the Cumming Playhouse at (770) 781-9178.