Fictional Band 'The Wonders' of 'That Thing You Do' to Reunite after Death of Composer Adam Schlesinger
After two decades, the fictional band "The Wonder" will reunite to both honor the composer of their most popular song and to collect funds for COVID-19 relief efforts.
The 1996 film "That Thing You Do!" was best known for the song of the same title. Sadly, the writer, Adam Schlesinger, passed away from the coronavirus last month.
In the wake of his death, band members Tom Everett Scott, Johnathan Schaech, Ethan Embry, and Steve Zahn are publicly reuniting for the first time in twenty years.
Watch party for COVID-19 and Schlesinger
The group will hold a live watch party that fans can join in on YouTube. Fans are invited to view the original film via YouTube, Apple, Amazon Prime, or Microsoft for $3.99.
They're also welcome to ask questions ahead of the watch party. During the event, there'll be a discussion with The Wonders members. Liv Tyler is set to participate.
DETAILS!— Ethan Embry (@EmbryEthan) April 13, 2020
This Friday April 17th, 7pmEST/4pmPST the One’ders are reuniting FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME for a community watch party of That Thing You Do! We’re gonna have the WHOLE band AND @LivTyler + a few other surprise guests live stream a commentary to raise funds for @MusiCares!! pic.twitter.com/xqVqHeEHya
The online viewing party will take place at 7 p.m ET and 4 pm PST. The proceeds will go towards helping musicians and touring personnel who are currently jobless due to COVID-19.
Awards and nominations
It will also honor the memory of Schlesinger, who passed away after complications with the virus. He was 52 years old. Schlesinger's best-known hit was 2003's "Stacy's Mom," which won him a Grammy.
For his song "That Thing You Do," Schlesinger received an Academy Award nomination and a Global Globe best original song nomination. Tom Hanks wrote, directed, and starred in the film.
In 2016, Schlesinger spoke to Consequence of Sound about the movie and how his friends put him onto the writing gig. "They said, 'You should take a crack at this. This is up your alley,' " he recalled.
Final contribution and passing
Before his death, Schlesinger was the executive music producer for CW's "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," a musical dramedy focused around a woman who leaves a New York law firm opportunity to find happiness in California.
After he was diagnosed, Schlesinger's family took to Twitter and expressed hope of recovery. "He is receiving excellent care, his condition is improving," they said in a statement.
The musician left behind a life partner, Alexis Morley, two daughters, Sadie and Claire, a sister named Lauren and his parents, Barbara and Stephen Schlesinger.
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