Al Hirschfeld Theatre, (4/27/2006 - 12/31/2006)

First Preview: Mar 30, 2006
Opening Date: Apr 27, 2006
Closing Date: Dec 31, 2006
Total Previews: 28
Total Performances: 285

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: Ridgefield NJ, 1985

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Jujamcyn Theaters (Rocco Landesman: President; Paul Libin: Producing Director; Jack Viertel: Creative Director)

Produced by Margo Lion, New Line Cinema, The Araca Group, Roy Furman, Douglas L. Meyer, James D. Stern Productions, Rick Steiner, Osher/Staton/Bell/Mayerson Group and Jam Theatricals; Produced in association with Jay Furman, Michael Gill, Lawrence Horowitz, Rhoda Mayerson, Marisa Sechrest, Gary Winnick, Dancap Productions, Inc., Élan V. McAllister, Allan S. Gordon and Adam Epstein; in assoc. with Jujamcyn Theaters (Rocco Landesman: President; Paul Libin: Producing Director; Jack Viertel: Creative Director)

The World Premiere of "The Wedding Singer" was produced with The 5th Avenue Theatre (David Armstrong, Producing Artistic Director; Marilynn Sheldon, Managing Director)

Music by Matthew Sklar; Book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy; Lyrics by Chad Beguelin; Music orchestrated by Irwin Fisch; Musical Director: James Sampliner; Incidental & Dance Music Arranger: David Chase; Based upon the New Line Cinema film written by Tim Herlihy; Featuring "Somebody Kill Me" and "Grow Old With You" by Tim Herlihy and Adam Sandler

Directed by John Rando; Choreographed by Rob Ashford; Associate Choreographer: JoAnn M. Hunter

Scenic Design by Scott Pask; Costume Design by Gregory Gale; Lighting Design by Brian MacDevitt; Sound Design by Peter Hylenski; Hair Design by David Brian Brown; Make-Up Design by Joe Dulude, II; Associate Scenic Design: Orit Carroll; Associate Costume Design: Brian Russman; Associate Lighting Design: Charles Pennebaker; Associate Hair and Wig Design: Josh Marquette

Executive Producer: Mark Kaufman; General Manager: The Charlotte Wilcox Company; Company Manager: Edward Nelson; Associate Co. Mgr: Beverly Edwards

Production Manager: Juniper Street Productions; Production Stage Manager: Rolt Smith; Stage Manager: Julie Baldauff

Musical Coordinator: John Miller; Conducted by James Sampliner; Associate Conductor: John Samorian; Guitar: Larry Saltzman, Stephen Lynch, John Putnam and Gary Sieger; Keyboards: James Sampliner, John Samorian and Jon Werking; Bass: Irio O'Farrill, Jr. and Matthew Saldivar; Drums: Warren Odze; Reeds: Clifford Lyons and Jack Bashkow; Trumpet: Trevor Neumann; Percussion: James Saporito

Casting: Bernard Telsey Casting, Inc.; Press Representative: Richard Kornberg and Don Summa; Marketing: The Araca Group; Dance Captain: Angelique Ilo; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Photographer: Joan Marcus; Dialogue Coach: Deborah Hecht

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Opening Night Cast

Laura BenantiJulia
(Apr 27, 2006 - Jul 31, 2006)
Stephen Lynch
Broadway Debut
Robbie Hart
Richard H. BlakeGlen Guglia
Kevin CahoonGeorge
Felicia FinleyLinda
Rita GardnerRosie
Matthew Saldivar
Broadway Debut
Sammy
Amy SpangerHolly
Adinah AlexanderAngie
Ensemble
Matt AllenEnsemble
Tracee BeazerImposter
Ensemble
Cara CooperImposter
Ensemble
Ashley Amber HaaseEnsemble
Nicolette Hart Ensemble
David JosefsbergEnsemble
Peter KapetanImposter
Ensemble
Spencer LiffEnsemble
J. Elaine MarcosImposter
Ensemble
T. Oliver ReidImposter
Ensemble
Christina Sivrich
Broadway Debut
Imposter
Ensemble
Matthew StockeImposter
Ensemble
Eric LaJuan SummersEnsemble

Swings: Angelique Ilo, Kevin Kern, Joanne Manning, Michael McGurk and Adam Zotovich

Standby: Tina Maddigan (Julia)

Understudies: Cara Cooper (Holly), Nicolette Hart (Linda), David Josefsberg (Sammy), Kevin Kern (George, Glen Guglia), Christina Sivrich (Rosie) and Matthew Stocke (Robbie Hart)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2006 Best Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Margo Lion, New Line Cinema, The Araca Group, Roy Furman, Douglas L. Meyer, James D. Stern Productions, Rick Steiner, Osher/Staton/Bell/Mayerson Group and Jam Theatricals; Produced in association with Jay Furman, Michael Gill, Lawrence Horowitz, Marisa Sechrest, Gary Winnick, Élan V. McAllister, Allan S. Gordon and Adam Epstein

 2006 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy

 2006 Best Original Score [nominee] 

Lyrics by Chad Beguelin; Music by Matthew Sklar

 2006 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Stephen Lynch

 2006 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Rob Ashford

Drama Desk Award

 2006 Outstanding Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Margo Lion, New Line Cinema, The Araca Group, Roy Furman, Douglas L. Meyer, James D. Stern Productions, Rick Steiner, Osher/Staton/Bell/Mayerson Group and Jam Theatricals; Produced in association with Jay Furman, Michael Gill, Lawrence Horowitz, Marisa Sechrest, Gary Winnick, Élan V. McAllister, Allan S. Gordon and Adam Epstein

 2006 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Stephen Lynch

 2006 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Amy Spanger

 2006 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 

Rob Ashford

 2006 Outstanding Lyrics [nominee] 

Lyrics by Chad Beguelin

 2006 Outstanding Set Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Scott Pask

 2006 Outstanding Music [nominee] 

Music by Matthew Sklar

 2006 Outstanding Costume Design [nominee] 

Gregory Gale

Songs

music by Matthew Sklar; lyrics by Chad Beguelin
(Unless otherwise noted)


ACT 1 Sung By
It's Your Wedding DayRobbie Hart and Company
SomedayJulia
Someday (Reprise) Robbie Hart and Rosie
A Note From LindaLinda
PopHolly, Julia, Angie and Company
Somebody Kill Me
(music by Tim Herlihy and Adam Sandler; lyrics by Tim Herlihy and Adam Sandler )
Robbie Hart
A Note From GrandmaRosie
Casualty of LoveRobbie Hart and Company
Come Out of the DumpsterJulia and Robbie Hart
Today You Are a ManRobbie Hart, Sammy and George
George's PrayerGeorge
Not That Kind of ThingRobbie Hart, Julia and Company
Saturday Night in the CityHolly and Company
ACT 2 Sung By
All About the GreenGlen Guglia, Robbie Hart and Company
Right in Front of Your EyesHolly and Sammy
SingleSammy, Robbie Hart, George, Ricky, Bum and Men
If I Told YouRobbie Hart and Julia
Let Me Come HomeLinda
If I Told You (Reprise) Robbie Hart and Julia
Move That ThangRosie and George
Grow Old With You
(music by Adam Sandler and Tim Herlihy; lyrics by Adam Sandler and Tim Herlihy )
Robbie Hart and Julia
It's Your Wedding Day (Reprise) The Company

Reviews


AP: "Wedding Singer Doesn’t Deliver"

The 1980s: Wall Street greed; the mullet; Boy George and Culture Club; Mr. Ton TV; and a little moonwalking on the dance floor.

All are a part of "The Wedding Singer," the aggressively eager new musical comedy that attempts to do for New Jersey in the '80s, what "Hairspray" did for Baltimore in the 1960s.

Brought to Broadway by the same producing team that gave us "Hairspray," the show, which opened Thursday at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, is, unfortunately, more relentless than inspired.

All the ingredients, particularly a promising score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, seem to be in place. So why doesn't "The Wedding Singer" deliver a bigger kick, transporting us to that electric if rarified world of musical theater bliss?

For one thing, the musical seems to be over-enamored of its own concept - obsessively referencing the decade in which it is set when time might better be spent fleshing out the people on stage. If you don't know "Joanie Loves Chiachi" or the jellybean connection to Ronald Reagan, for example, you may feel a little left out of the party.

Based on the popular 1998 Adam Sandler film, "The Wedding Singer," which has a book by Beguelin and Tim Herlihy, traces the hapless adventures of Robbie Hart, who makes a living entertaining at other people's nuptials in suburban New Jersey. His own love life is in the toilet or, more precisely, the Dumpster, after he gets stood up on his own wedding day.

That trash bin, in fact, is the setting for the show's most appealing number, "Come Out of the Dumpster," in which a young waitress, in love with our hero, pleads with Robbie to pick up the pieces and get on with his life. it's funny and sweet, a quiet moment - beautifully sung by Laura Benanti - in a show that too often seems afraid to let its emotions show or its forward motion slow down.

That naked propulsion, pushed by director John Rando, is there from the minute the curtain rises and a wedding celebration is in full swing. Choreographer Rob Ashford has a lot of fun with '80s dance styles and his hardworking chorus seems to be a perpetual-motion machine.

Which brings us to the musical's title character, portrayed by an amiable if not overwhelming Stephen Lynch.

What "Hairspray" had going for it were two outrageously endearing lead characters - a zaftig mother-and-daughter team played by the incomparable Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur. Lynch, despite a pleasant singing voice, doesn't have their oversized stage presence.

More interesting in "The Wedding Singer" are its supporting players, particularly the show's two women of loose morals. Let's face it. Bad girls have more fun - and so does the audience when these ladies are played by the likes of Amy Spanger, a would-be Madonna (only with a sense of humor), and Felicia Finley, as Robbie's crude ex-fiancee.

Spanger is a delight, and she sure can shake up the dance floor, most tellingly in one of Ashford's more inspired creations, done to a tune called "Saturday Night in the City." And Finley gives a hilarious performance of gymnastic proportions as she attempts to reignite a romantic flame with Robbie - on a vibrating bed, no less,

Rita Gardner, as Robbie's terminally hip and horny grandmother, is a pro and knows how to get laughs out of the most obvious, well-worn material. Positive impressions also are made by Kevin Cahoon, channeling Boy George; Matthew Saldivar, as Spanger's blue-collar boyfriend; and Richard H. Blake as Benanti's budding tycoon boyfriend.

Scott Pask's settings are often witty, most tellingly a revolving rooftop restaurant with views of a water tower in beautiful downtown Newark. And Gregory Gale's costumes capture the awfulness of what passed for the height of fashion 25 years ago.

For a simple boy-meets-girl story, "The Wedding Singer" has a convoluted plot, and, it takes Robbie and that waitress a full two acts to finally connect. By then, your affection for the '80s may be exhausted.


AP
04/27/2006

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Al Hirschfeld Theatre

(4/27/2006 - 12/31/2006)
Musical Director: Jim Vukovich.

Conducted by Jim Vukovich; Keyboard: Jim Vukovich.

Cast

Matt Allen
Sammy
Laura Benanti
Julia (Oct 3, 2006 - Dec 31, 2006)
Robyn Hurder
Donatella
Ensemble
Imposter
Andy Karl
Ensemble (Aug 29, 2006 - Sep 24, 2006)
Nick Kenkel
Ensemble
Harold
Tina Maddigan
While Laura Benanti was on medical leave
Julia (Aug 16, 2006 - Oct 2, 2006)
Constantine Maroulis
Broadway Debut
Sammy (Sep 8, 2006 - Nov 5, 2006)

Understudies: Robyn Hurder (Holly), Andy Karl (Glen Guglia).


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