by Julie Wallis twitter.com/Nicenic63
The Wedding Singer
The Wedding Singer is showing at the New Alexandra theatre until Saturday 27th May and it is fabulously uplifting.
Starring Jon Robyns as the wedding singer Robbie, who fronts a band that unsurprisingly.. plays at weddings, Robbie is jilted at the alter on his wedding day, but never fear, waitress Julia Cassie Compton who works the wedding venue as a cheery waitress and who is engaged to be married herself to the original wolf of Wall Street Glen Ray Quinn is on hand to help Robbie get back on track and give us the happy ending we so expect.
The songs are bright, uplifting and all original to the stage play. This is the same soundtrack as the movie of the same name and I think it is greatly improved with additional songs such as Grow Old With You and All About The Green, as well as some comedy songs like Come Out Of The Dumpster. I was still singing Grow Old With You when I got home from this sparkling nights entertainment, as that is just what The Wedding Singer is, a solid night of sparkling entertainment. Much like a cappuccino it is light, frothy and mood enhancing!
Ruth Madoc plays slightly eccentric grandmother Rosie who also provides a good few laughs as well as singing A Note From Grandma, and she is a good singer but without a doubt for me the beautiful singing voice of Cassie Compton is breathtaking, Disney like in its purity, the character of Julia is immediately likeable and she works so well with Jon Robyn’s when they sing together. Another fabulously funny character is George, played by Samuel Holmes, who is really channelling his inner Boy George and totally looks like he is from the era with his make up.
The Wedding Singer is set in the 1980’s so the costumes are vibrant, bold, colourful and in the case of the meringue wedding dress, spot on for the era. Lighting is also colourful, at times making this show seem almost cartoon like, and that works so much better than it reads as I type it, but trust me, it all looks great.
With plenty of singing there is also some lovely choreography thanks to Nick Winston. I did laugh out loud a few times and I loved the bar mitzvah scene and the scene with fake Billy Idol. So what else do you get? Well how about Cyndi Lauper, Ronald and Nancy Reagan and a very well thought out bar scene with a real bar that comes down from the heavens. With lots of set changes that all happen very smoothly you will be transported back to the 80’s thanks to the movie trailers for Rambo, Goonies and Cocoon.
The Wedding Singer is a perfect night of fun, laughter and great music. It is a great night of family friendly entertainment but one character does drop the F-bomb, that said, if your child is old enough to sit through a couple of hours of fun on stage I’m sure it’s not a word that will be new to their vocabulary.
Many thanks to the New Alexandra Theatre for their lovely hospitality once again. As always I had a splendid evening.
Book tickets to The Wedding Singer at the New Alexandra Theatre here: atgtickets.com/shows/the-wedding-singer/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham/ It’s on until Saturday 27th May.
Julie was invited to see The Wedding Singer by New Alexandra Theatre on behalf of #BrumHour. She likes an Eton Mess Ice Cream during the interval.