Dude! Break out your neon spandex, fluff up your mall bangs, and go see the totally tubular, rockin' '80's musical "The Wedding Singer," now playing at Community Players Theatre.
This delightful, high-voltage musical is a time capsule for the decade that brought us MTV, cell phones, leg warmers, Microsoft Windows, Pac-Man, and the Simpsons. Based on the Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore big-screen comedy of the same name, the musical follows the romantic foibles of Robbie Hart, a lovable, mediocre musician who, along with his band mates Sammy and George, dominates the wedding reception circuit.
Weekend gigs feed their dreams of rock super-stardom until, one day, Robbie himself gets left at the altar. (It seems his fianceé, Linda, is no longer interested in domestic bliss.) Devastated, Robbie retreats to his grandmother's basement, writing dirges about his broken heart, while his friends, and his super-cool, super-wise granny, rally to pull him out of his funk.
One friend in particular, Julia, the waitress from the reception venue, gets Robbie's attention. Unfortunately for him, she has recently become engaged to her long-time boyfriend Glen, a Wall Street wolf who can provide her with all the riches a girl could ask for. Does Robbie even have a chance with this girl?
Under the direction of Brett Cottone, and featuring dynamic choreography from Wendy Baugh, this production is just plain fun! The bold color palette created by scenic designers Keizo Osuga and Nick Kilgore, and spot-on costumes by Ashley Feger, completely capture the whimsy of the '80s, causing more than one audience member to shake their head while confessing, "Yes, I did wear those clothes out in public."
Samuel James Willis and Emily Ohmart are in perfect vocal harmony as Robbie and Julia, adding believability to their budding romance. Missy Freese, as Julia's cousin and best friend Holly, is a delightful spitfire who drives poor Sammy (Nick Benson) crazy!
Brian Yager and Marita Landreth shine as antagonists Glen and Linda, the living obstacles to Robbie and Julia's happily ever after. Yager is deliciously sleazy in his show stopping "All About the Green," and Landreth delivers her numbers, "A Note from Linda" and "Let Me Come Home," unapologetically. For poor Robbie, Linda's timing could not be any worse!
As Grandma Rose, Judy Stroh steals the show in an hilariously feisty performance, highlighted by her rap, "Move That Thang," which also features the well-coiffed Ken Sprouls. The production has a large, hardworking ensemble and a delightful cameo appearance or two by stage manager Alan Wilson. Raid your closets, call your gal pals, and make a night of it!
Due to some mature situations and adult language, this production might not be suitable for younger or more sensitive patrons.