Can a Soft Hearted Waitress Find Happiness With New Jersey's Favorite Wedding Singer?
The Wedding Singer at the Morgan Wixson Theatre
July 24, 2019
A raucously enthusiastic "The Wedding Singer," adapted from the Broadway musical and hit movie opened June 29th at the Morgan-Wixson theatre.
A cast of 28 multi racial singers and dancers told the story of Robbie Hart, NJ's favorite wedding singer in the 1980's. After he is left at the altar, he vows to make every wedding he performs at as disastrous as his own. He subsequently meets a soft hearted waitress who helps him with his song writing, but she is soon to be married to a greedy Wall Street bond salesman. Robbie's job is to produce a stellar performance as a wedding singer to win her heart
The first act is set in NJ, the second in Las Vegas where the waitress and her avaricious boy friend are to be married.
Robbie( Alexander Cooper ) and Julie (Krystyna Rodriquez) play the leads with good voices
and tender emotions. Sammy (Doug Kiphut, George (Deonte Allen) and Glen(Steve Weber) are Robbie's bandmates with the exaggerated songs/gestures the times. Rosie(Miriam Billingham) adds wisdom and broad humor to help her grandson through his dilemma.
Minimal set pieces are used, the Murphy bed adds a dash of "olden times" to the stage.
The costumes are dazzlingly colorful.
The show is fast moving, with many laughs and some tenderness.
Tickets available at https://www.morgan-wixson.org/wedding-singer
Images courtesy of the Morgan Wixson
June 29 - August 03
The Wedding Singer is Directed by Kristie Mattsson
Choreographed by Niko Montelibano
Musical Direction by Daniel Koh
Produced by Spencer Johnson
Written by Chad Beguelin, Tim Herlihy
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Alexander Cooper – Robbie Hart
Doug Kiphut – Sammy
Deonte Allen – George
Krystyna Rodriguez – Julia Sullivan
Steve Weber – Glen Guglia
Emily Holz – Linda
Holly Weber – Holly
Miriam Billington – Rosie
Hollister Starrett – Robbie Understudy / Ensemble
Esteban Hurtado – George Understudy / Ensemble