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The Wedding Singer

Stage West Calgary: The Wedding Singer

By Timothy French and Howard Pechet

Show runs up until November 8, 2015

Music by Matthew Sklar Book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy Lyrics by Chad Beguelin

Based on the New Line Cinema film written by Tim Herlihy

It’s 1985 and rock star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’sfavourite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party, until his ownfiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding asdisastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to bemarried to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.Based on the hit movie, The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room.

I have to say, I wasn’t sure if I’d like this show, as I really wasn’t a fan of The Wedding Singer movie with Adam Sandler. I also didn’t feel so good and would have preferred staying at home in my bed. The first 5 minutes all I could think about was I hope I can keep my eyes open long enough to do a review.

WELL HOW WRONG CAN ONE BE! After the initial opening of the performance it was clear that The Wedding Singer was going to be a good one.

This production of The Wedding Singer is full of energy, adult humour, fun, and some great singing. It’s a show to add to your list for sure, a story of relationships, love, heartbreak and greed. Yes, the typical comedy love story, of two people who come together after disastrous relationships. Glen is the greedy tycoon that proposes to his girlfriend Julia. She eventually wonders to herself "does money change people?" Yes, Julia it does, so just dump the cheating, lying torag and move on to Robbie who makes a reasonable income being a wedding singer. ;)

I’d give Granny Rosie five stars as she had me laughing out loud…especially in the “Move That Thang” skit. The awkward yet funny conversation she has with her grandson Robbie in the bedroom is funny too. Word to the grandmother and all funky grannies out there!

The Vegas wedding skit brings in a few well known characters from that era too! Costumes, music and choreography were great and the set changing flawless! The first half ended with a burst of energy from the cast with “Saturday Night in the City” A good take on the 80’s from hair and clothes to props and music.

Don’t miss this fabulous show…you won’t be disappointed. I give it five stars on all counts.

The Wedding Singer runs up until November 8th.

For information on this show and future shows go to www.stagewestcalgary.com

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