I love that The Wagon Wheel not only provides a great show and atmosphere, but they like to have fun with audience participation.
The cast for this production must have dug through the depths of their basements to locate some of the attire from the dusty old boxes marked “what was I thinking?” All the same, it was all in good fun and I had a lot of fun experiencing the fantastic vibes brought forth by the audience and the wonderful cast!
In this version of the story things follow much of the same premise of the film adding some original tunes to showcase the many sounds of the 80’s. Some modifications of the story were made to bring more of a presence to some of the main characters we all loved so much in the Adam Sandler film.
George, played by Dereck Seay, was pretty much the same adding a few more bits here and there. Dereck did a stand out job as George and added his own hilarious characteristics that were fantastically played!
Sammy, played by Matthew Janisse, was not just a miniscule friend of Robbie’s, he was also the love interest of Holly. Rosie (Jennifer Dow) was another modification to the premise as she was not just a friendly elderly woman, she became Robbie’s grandmother, replacing his sister and brother in-law in the film. It did work and gave a lot more presence to Rosie and rightfully so as she was one of my favorite parts of the production!
For the two or three people out there who haven’t seen the movie, The Wedding Singer is a struggling musician named Robbie Hart, played in the theatrical product by Matt Hill, who gets dumped on his wedding day by his bride-to-be, Linda, played by Alexandria Howley. As he struggles to get back to work he meets and inevitably falls for a server at his wedding gigs, Julia Sullivan (Stephanie Cowen).
This is a problem for the both of them because Julia is engaged to be married to the yuppie jerk Glen Guglia, played by Rob Montgomery. As Robbie uncovers the truth of what Glen really is, he is forced with a decision to either tell Julia of Glen’s true nature or change his ways to be much of the same filthy scoundrel that Glen is.
Everything was perfect at The Wagon Wheel performance of The Wedding Singer. It was a little bit different from the film, but after the production it was apparent the need for change in order to make it into a stage worthy production.
Set design was great; the costumes were a great throwback and done well. Scott Michael’s direction and choreography were, as always, astounding to watch unfold from the outer edge of the wheel.
Don’t miss your chance to see The Wedding Singer live. It is playing now through July 27 and is an 80’s extravaganza to not be missed!
Don’t forget, up next at The Wagon Wheel Theatre is The Nerd, coming July 31-Aug. 10.