Theatre Victoria presents 'The Wedding Singer'

Lauren Hernandez By Lauren Hernandez

Nov. 1, 2017 at 10:30 p.m.

From the big screen to the stage, RSVP to a classic love story filled with 1980s nostalgia.

Theatre Victoria will present the hit comedy-musical "The Wedding Singer" at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts. The four-show run begins Nov. 16.

Michael Teer, executive director at Theatre Victoria, said the familiarity of the name alone will attract an audience.

"Whether it's the theme, a scene, a writer, or a movie, we look for productions that people can recognize," he said.

Based on the 1998 film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, "The Wedding Singer" tells the story of Robbie Hart, a wedding singer in the mid 1980s who was left at the altar. Heartbroken, Robbie re-examines the meaning of love and marriage after he meets Julia, a waitress he falls in love with.

"There are some differences between the play and the movie, but it stays pretty true to story," he said.

The film was written into a musical production and premiered on Broadway in 2006. The musical comedy was nominated for a Tony Award for best musical shortly after its debut.

"They took the essence of an '80s song and brought that into the music," he said.

Teer said the language is intended for adult audiences and is something to consider for a date night.

"It's so tongue-and-cheek that you can't help but have a great time," he said.


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