The 1996 music comedy film That Thing You Do! tells the story of the rise and fall of a 1960’s one-hit wonder band from Pennsylvania. Appropriately named The Wonders, the group gets famous thanks to the efforts of their song “That Thing You Do.”
The song was penned by the late Fountains Of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger and gained real life accolades with both an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations in 1997.
As a tribute to the late Schlesinger, who recently passed due to COVID-19 complications, the actors portraying The Wonders will be reuniting to host a watch party aiming to raise money for the MusicCares Coronavirus Relief Fund.
Steve Zahn (guitarist Lenny), Tom Everett Scott (drummer Guy Patterson), Jonathon Shaech (singer Jimmy), and Ethan Embry (bass player T.B.
Player) are getting together on Zoom this Friday to host a live That Thing You Do! watch party on their YouTube channel.
“Calling all Onders fans!! Join the band and special guests for a LIVE #ThatThingYouDo watch party in support of @MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund this Friday, April 17 at 7pmEsT/4pmPST on our YouTube channel,” Scott wrote on his Twitter account.
Special guests will join the group throughout the evening, which leaves us hopeful for a Tom Hanks or Liv Tyler appearance.
The event kicks off Friday, April 17th at 7 PM ET with a question and answer session following the film. Fans can submit their questions ahead of time on the cast’s social media pages.
That Thing You Do! marked Hanks’ directorial debut and was the birth of one of the most famous fictional bands in film history.