Wedding Singer Will Tour, and Gets Fresh Exposure Elsewhere

News   Wedding Singer Will Tour, and Gets Fresh Exposure Elsewhere The Wedding Singer, the new Tony Award-nominated musical comedy based on the popular 1998 New Line Cinema film, will be launched on a tour starting in 2007.

The Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis will be the tour's threshold starting Sept. 7, 2007, the producers announced June 8.

The musical, now at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre, is nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Actor in a Musical (Stephen Lynch), Best Book of a Musical, Best Musical Score and Best Choreography.

The Road Company, an independent theatrical booking agency that distributes musicals, plays and attractions nationally and internationally, will exclusively handle The Wedding Singer road tour, according to co-founder Stephen Lindsay. The Road Company also handles tours for Wicked, The Color Purple, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Doubt and Altar Boyz.

In other Wedding Singer news, fans will have the chance to download a free track of the musical's anthem, "It's Your Wedding Day" via the iTunes Discovery Download, Apple's new music discovery promotion.

This marks the first time in iTunes history a Broadway show has been selected for the Discovery Download program. From June 6-12, iTunes will feature "It's Your Wedding Day" (which is the show's opening number) on its home page and the soundtrack genre page. The free download will be available until 12 AM Tuesday June 13 and will be on the main page as a link in the "Free Downloads."

Subscribers to Rhapsody, on the other hand, can access an exclusive version of the album featuring an exclusive bonus track called "Awesome."

The new cast album was released June 6 by Masterworks Broadway.

"It's Your Wedding Day" has been getting a lot of exposure on the "Today" show on NBC. It's being used to trumpet the 2006 chapter of the program's annual viewer wedding competition.

The cast of The Wedding Singer appeared on "Today" June 8 to sing "It's Your Wedding Day," an appearance that likely bumped ticket sales (the up-tempo is considered one of several choice tunes from the pop score by songwriters Matt Sklar and Chad Beguelin).

It was also announced that future stock and amateur rights to The Wedding Singer will be handled by MTI.

The show's producers are also in discussions with production companies in Japan, Korea, Germany and the U.K. for a future international life of the show.

The Wedding Singer opened on April 27, 2006, and is directed by John Rando, has music by Matthew Sklar, book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy, and choreography by Rob Ashford.

"With an exhilarating score that pays loving homage to the pop songs of the 1980s and a design that captures the styles and spirit that marked the decade, The Wedding Singer takes us back to 1985, a time when hair was big, greed was good, shoulder pads soared and a wedding singer just might be the coolest guy in the room," according to the producers. "In this original musical, rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer. He's the life of the party, the ultimate master of ceremonies, the leader of the line dance, the unlikely hero of every party, and a true believer in the power of love—until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie becomes a newlywed's worst nightmare—a wedding singer bent on destroying other people’s weddings. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection and helps Robbie pick up the pieces of his own heart. Only trouble is Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of the decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever."

The Wedding Singer is produced by Margo Lion, New Line Cinema, The Araca Group, Roy Furman, Doug Meyer/James D. Stern Productions, Rick Steiner/The Staton Bell Osher Mayerson Group, Jam Theatricals, in association with Jujamcyn Theaters and Jay Furman, Michael Gill, Dr. Lawrence Horowitz, Rhoda Mayerson, Marisa Sechrest, Gary Winnick, DANCAP Productions, Inc., and Elan V. McAllister/Allan S. Gordon/Adam Epstein.

For information about The Wedding Singer, visit www.theweddingsingerthemusical.com.

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