The Wedding Singer Will Play the Al Hirschfeld Theatre

News   The Wedding Singer Will Play the Al Hirschfeld Theatre
The Wedding Singer has a Broadway venue to sing in. The producers of the new musical comedy announced the Al Hirschfeld Theatre as its target for spring 2006.

Sweet Charity ends its run at the Hirschfeld Dec. 31, opening the way for The Wedding Singer to begin previews March 30, 2006, toward an opening of April 27.

John Rando (a Tony Award winner for Urinetown) directs the show based on the popular 1998 New Line Cinema film.

The new score is by composer Matthew Sklar and lyricist Chad Beguelin, with book by Beguelin and Tim Herlihy.

Rob Ashford (Tony winner for Thoroughly Modern Millie) is the choreographer.

The Wedding Singer will have its world premiere at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre Feb. 9. Performances begin in Seattle on Jan. 31. It runs there to Feb. 19. 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."

Singer and comedian Stephen Lynch will star as Robbie Hart opposite two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Benanti who stars as his love interest Julia. The cast also includes Matthew Saldivar (Atlantic's Sea of Tranquility) as Robbie's best friend Sammy and Richard Blake (Hairspray, Aida) as Julia's fiancé Glen Gulia. Rita Gardner (Luisa in the original cast of The Fantasticks) is the wise and lovable grandmother Rosie, Kevin Cahoon (The Lion King, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) is outrageous band member George; Felicia Finley (Aida, Smokey Joe's Café) is the ex-fiancée Linda; and Amy Spanger (Kiss Me, Kate revival; tick, tick…BOOM!) is Holly, Julia's Madonna-wannabe cousin and best friend.

Matthew Sklar and Chat Beguelin are writing a stage adaptation of Get Shorty for Clear Channel Entertainment and MGM-Onstage. Other shows by Sklar and Beguelin include The Rhythm Club (Signature Theater), Wicked City (American Stage Company, Mason Street Warehouse), and many Disney projects being performed worldwide.

Tim Herlihy has written or co-written the films "Billy Madison," "Happy Gilmore," "The Wedding Singer," "The Waterboy," "Big Daddy," "Little Nicky" and "Mr. Deeds," and was an executive producer of the films "Anger Management" and "The Longest Yard." A former attorney, he also served as head writer of the television variety series "Saturday Night Live," for which he received an Emmy nomination.

Rounding out the cast of The Wedding Singer are Adinah Alexander, Matt Allen, Tracee Beazer, Cara Cooper, Ashley Amber Haase, Nicolette Hart, David Josefsberg, Peter Kapetan, Kevin Kern, Angelique Ilo, Spencer Liff, Michael McGurk, Tina Maddigan, J. Elaine Marcos, T. Oliver Reid, Christina Sivrich, Matthew Stocke, and Eric Lajuan Summers.

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 James Sampliner.

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.

The Wedding Singer will play the Hirschfeld Monday through Saturday at 8 PM with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM through April 29. Beginning May 2, the schedule is Tuesday at 7 PM; Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM; Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM; and Sunday at 3 PM.

The Hirschfeld is at 302 W. 45th Street. Tickets are $56.25–$101.25 and may be purchased by phoning Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or by visiting For group sales, phone (212) 302-7000 or (800) 677-1164. For information about The Wedding Singer, visit

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