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By Mary Leipziger
Observer Staff Writer 

Can a Soft Hearted Waitress Find Happiness With New Jersey's Favorite Wedding Singer?

The Wedding Singer at the Morgan Wixson Theatre

 

Morgan Wixson

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.

Enjoy!

Tickets available at https://www.morgan-wixson.org/wedding-singer

Images courtesy of the Morgan Wixson

June 29 - August 03

2019

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

Cast:

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

 

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