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Wedding ceremony Singer: The Musical




David Armstrong is right: "The death from the Musical is greatly exaggerated." The shrek the musical review is alive and well as witnessed through the Wedding Singer at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre. This remake into a musical with the Adam Sandler movie is an improvement in my book since it has more music and possesses dancing. I am a sucker for anything with singing and dancing in it.

Emerge 1985, the play is filled with '80s jokes and allusions. Among my favorite dance scenes was the chorus using "Thriller" choreography.

The actors all have extensive Broadway experience and it shows. In fact, Rita Gardner who plays Rosie, Robbie's grandmother, will be the original girl inside the Fantastics. When i first saw the Fantastics once i was in senior high school, and we all know which was 150 years back!

Anyone who's seen the movie knows the tale: Robbie Hart (Stephen Lynch) is a wedding singer, talented at what he is doing and happy in his four piece band with Sammy (Matthew Saldivar) on guitar, George on keyboards (Kevin Cahoon) and large Lou on drums. Robbie and Linda (Felicia Finley) are getting married soon and Robbie is ecstatic.

At the first wedding we view, Robbie defuses the drunken brother-in-law/best man's speech (horribly inappropriate and rude) and keeps the reception on the right track.

Only at that reception, we satisfy the waitresses Holly (Amy Spanger), on-again, off-again girlfriend of band member Sammy, and Julia (Laura Benanti), engaged to jerky and only occasionally monogamous Glen Guglia (Richard H. Blake), a wealthy stock broker. Holly and Julia are at every one of the receptions; they may be waitresses at the reception hall.

At the next wedding, Robbie and Linda's, her mom appears having a note for Robbie. Mom makes to Sammy to give to Robbie, waiting on the altar. Sammy explains it bluntly towards the audience, "The bitch ain't comin'." She's not coming and Robbie's devastated.

The following weekend, he as well as the band have another reception gig but he's so depressed and cynical, he turns the reception into chaos and the wedding ceremony throws him into the dumpster.

After he's pitched in to the dumpster, Robbie and Julia become familiar with the other person a bit better, the beginnings of affection.

Glen Guglia (Julia Guglia?) has a DeLorean, the dream car of the '80s, which he drives on the corner with the stage. He's got every one of the trappings of wealth: nice power suits and ties, slick hair, a young cell phone with a ten pound battery, and arrogance.

The outlet variety of Act Two is placed at Glen's office, detailed with desks and computers and everyone dressed in grey suits and pastel shirts and ties, perhaps the women. Glen will be the only 1 in dark grey pinstripe suit having a red striped tie. The stockbrokers belt out "All concerning the Green" within an impressive performance of exquisite timing and office chairs.

Scott Pask's sets are wonderful. The reception hall gets the stage and tables and chairs and is also found in several scenes with the d├ęcor changed to mirror the weddings' color themes.

There are set-lets, small sets that coast on / off to show Robbie's basement bedroom (complete with hot water heater and big-hair band posters), Julia's dormer bedroom (reversible therefore we see Robbie watching her from the yard), a revolving restaurant and a loading dock using the famous dumpster.

Easily the funniest set, aside from the airplane cabins, was the White House Wedding Chapel in Vegas. It's decorated with presidential portraits and an organ. A fake Taxation will be the minister and a fake Nancy Regan may be the organist. There are many '80s icon fakes: Billy Idol, Mr. T, Cyndi Lauper, Tina Turner and even an Imelda Marcos, detailed with shoe box. Apparently Vegas is full of impersonators.

Gregory Gales's costumes are extremely "totally awesome": mini-skirts, high-heeled ankle boots, cropped and decorated jeans jackets, the bridesmaids' as well as the bridal dresses. I truly enjoyed the bridesmaids' dresses. It's impossible you are able to over goopy bridesmaids' dresses.


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