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The Wedding Singer, which played an out-of-town tryout at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre, officially opened on Broadway April 27; previews began March 30.
Producers of the musical are currently in discussion for a national tour that would begin in 2007. Productions in both Japan and Korea are also in the works, and a deal was recently made with Music Theatre International for stock and amateur rights.
Tony Award winner John Rando—of Urinetown fame—directed the musical, which is based on the popular 1998 New Line Cinema film. Composer Matthew Sklar and lyricist Chad Beguelin penned the score; the book was written by Beguelin and Tim Herlihy. Thoroughly Modern Millie Tony winner Rob Ashford choreographed.
Singer and comedian Stephen Lynch heads the cast as Robbie Hart, the role created on screen by film star Sandler. Lynch plays opposite two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Benanti, who co-stars as his love interest Julia. Benanti missed several weeks of the show's run due to a vocal injury.
In The Wedding Singer "it's 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer," according to the producers. "He's the life of the party-until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding he plays as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. 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. With a brand new score that pays loving homage to the pop songs of the 1980s, The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer just might be the coolest guy in the room."
Song titles include "It's Your Wedding Day," "Someday," "A Note From Linda," "Pop," "Somebody Kill Me," "A Note from Grandma," "Casualty of Love," "Come Out of the Dumpster," "Today You Are a Man," "George's Prayer," "Not That Kind of Thing," "Saturday Night in the City," "All About the Green," "Right in Front of Your Eyes," "Single," "If I Told You," "Let Me Come Home," "Move That Thang" and "Grow Old With You."
The set design for The Wedding Singer is by Scott Pask; the costume design is by Gregory Gale; the lighting design is by Brian MacDevitt; the sound design is by Peter Hylenski; the hair design is by David Brian Brown; the make-up design is by Joe Dulude. Orchestrations are by Irwin Fisch; the music director is Jim Vukovich.
The Wedding Singer is produced by Margo Lion, New Line Productions, Inc., The Araca Group, Roy Furman, Doug Meyer/James D. Stern Productions, Rick Steiner, Steve Traxler/Jam Theatricals, in association with Adam Epstein, Jay Furman, Michael Gill, Allan S. Gordon, Dr. Lawrence Horowitz, Elan V. McAllister, Marisa Sechrest, and Gary Winnick.
Masterworks Broadway, a new label formed by the combination of Sony Classical/Columbia Masterworks and RCA Victor — as part of the Sony BMG merger — released the show's original Broadway cast recording in June.
For information about The Wedding Singer, visit www.theweddingsingerthemusical.com.