Arts Theatre, Fri 22 May
Marie Clark Musical Theatre’s production of Adam Sandler’s The Wedding Singer opened Friday night in a tidal wave of taffeta, big hair and bad suits that was the ‘80s. Based on the very funny and successful film of the same name, it is even bigger and crazier with all the additions of musical theatre. This is a fun show with plenty of laughs, good songs and visual delights. It has more than its share of zany characters and witty humour to, thankfully, embellish the fairly standard musical-theatre story line and it moves along at a good pace.
Rohan Watts in the title role of Robbie Hart, gives a confident and very enjoyable performance with good strong vocals and enough emotional content to take us with him on his character’s roller coaster journey. Tegan Gully as Julia Sullivan, sings beautifully and handles her role with aplomb and sweetness. The support cast is strong enough to carry their characters. Damien Quick steals many a scene with his terrific characterization and excellent comedy timing as the Boy George/Adam Ant clone, George. Sebastian Cooper as Sammy is a bit, dare I say, hammy in his delivery, as seems to be the musical comedy way, but sings very well. Rachel da Graca Costa as Holly and Sarah Wildy as Linda have some very funny moments with their characters and add to the colour and fun of the show.
The ensemble is hard working, enthusiastic and well choreographed by Rachel Dow, and the opening night bumpy bits will tighten up now the show is up and running.
The costuming, co-ordinated by Renee Brice, deserves a mention as it has a life of its own and brings many laughs and groans as we remember wearing such creations ourselves. The frilly-meringue-Dolly-Varden-bunny-bride will stay in my memory forever. All in all a very enjoyable night.
The Wedding Singer continues at The Arts Theatre until Sat 30 May.
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