In the heart of Hopewell, New Jersey, there is a charming little dessert-theatre that you’ve probably never heard of. It’s called the Off-Broadstreet Theatre. It’s recent production of a musical that you’ve probably never heard of called Leader of the Pack tells the story of a woman you’ve probably never heard of too. Her name is Ellie Greenwich, and she wrote some of the biggest songs of the 1960s. So how have this theatre, this show, and this woman all managed to fly under the radar? There are three very simple answers, but first a little backtracking.
Leader of the Pack tells the story of Ellie Greenwich, a small-time girl who eventually hits it big with her simple but catchy pop tunes. Ellie’s life is reflected in her music, which is in turn reflected in the stage production. When she meets her future husband, Jeff Barry, she produces “Today I Met the Boy I’m Gonna Marry;” when the happy couple decides to get hitched, they come up with the hit “Chapel of Love.” It’s a simplistic story with very little book, which turns out to be a good thing.