Enjoy all the fun of the film at the Australian premiere of The Wedding Singer musical at Her Majesty’s Theatre, starring Adelaide’s own Nadia Komazec.
by Carla Caruso
Who can forget the ’80s-set movie, The Wedding Singer, starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore? The neon-bright clothes, the teased hair, the comedy, the iconic lines!
Well, the story is back – in musical theatre form – and it’s having its Australian premiere in Adelaide this Friday, 9 April 2021.
Following performances on Broadway and across the UK, the comedy features all your fave characters and a sparkling new soundtrack that does for the ’80s what Hairspray did for the ’60s. Penned by the writer of the original smash-hit movie, The Wedding Singer musical has achieved a Tony Award nomination for Best Musical.
Producer David Venn says:
“When we announced an all-new national tour as Melbourne’s second lockdown lifted, we were definitely crossing our fingers and toes. I can’t believe the response we’ve had – it warms the heart to see how many Australians are supporting the return of live theatre.”
Director Alister Smith adds:
“Taking place in New York in 1985, this musical is about finding your voice and following your heart, during a decade of great change and exponential evolution. It’s about self-expression, breaking away from the norm and defining your own rules.”
The choreography is inspired by music videos from Madonna, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson and Paula Abdul and film classics like Flashdance, Footloose, Fast Forward and Breakin’.
Musical director Daniel Puckey says:
“The Wedding Singer musical will be an ’80s dream; a neon fantasy that remembers everything we loved about the 1980s. We’ve got the most fantastic original score, with a couple of favourite tunes from the movie mixed in.”
The lead cast includes Christian Charisiou in the title role of Robbie Hart, Teagan Wouters as Julia, Stephen Mahy as Glen, Adelaide’s own Nadia Komazec as Holly (below), Ed Deganos as George, and celebrated character performer Susan-ann Walker as Robbie’s naughty Grandma, Rosie (played by Betty White in the film).
For a refresher of the plot … Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s number one wedding singer and the life of the party. That is until his own fiancée strands him at the altar. Bitter and broken, Robbie begins to make every wedding as disastrous as his own until a warm-hearted waitress named Julia intervenes. Only trouble is, Julia’s about to be – you guessed it – married! Can Robbie pull off the performance of the decade and win the girl of his dreams?
Tim Herlihy is a long-time collaborator of Adam Sandler. He wrote the classic hit films, Happy Gilmore and Billy Maddison, as well as several other Sandler-starring blockbusters in addition to The Wedding Singer.
New seats to the musical have just been released in Adelaide, with the appetite for the ’80s musical rom-com proving irresistible. COVID-safe measures will be in place for all performances as per government regulations.
Come join the party and just say YES to The Wedding Singer!
Watch the trailer below:
Tickets: from $69 – $139
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Wedding Singer Musical website.
What: The Wedding Singer musical
When: Friday 9 April – Sunday 24 April, 2021
Where: Her Majesty’s Theatre | 58 Grote St, Adelaide
Who: PG (age suitability 12+ years)
(Photos supplied by The Wedding Singer Musical & Carla Caruso for Play & Go)
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