Reviewed by Darryl Ryznar
Set in 1980s, The Wedding Singer musical is based on the Adam Sandler film of the same name, and tells the tale of hopeless romantic Robbie Hart (Jon Robyns), a wedding singer by profession, who lives in New Jersey with his hip Grandma Rosie (Ruth Madoc). The musical opens on Robbie performing at a wedding, announcing that he is due to be married the very next day to his fiancée Linda. One of the waitresses at the wedding, Julia (Cassie Compton), helps Robbie to write a cheesy love song for Linda, and after they finish the song Julia, who despite not even being engaged asks Robbie to sing at her wedding, to which Robbie agrees. Unfortunately, the next day Linda leaves Robbie at the altar, and in the meantime Julia’s Wall Street boyfriend Glen (Ray Quinn) proposes over dinner. Despite falling into a deep depression, Robbie helps Julia organise her wedding – and all the while, he is slowly falling in love with her. Julia also realises she has feelings for Robbie but with the impeding wedding neither of them act upon their feelings. Eventually, on the day of her wedding in Vegas, Robbie flies out to stop the wedding with the help of their friends and declares his love for her.
A funny, charming and witty musical with catchy numbers – from cheerful celebrations like “It’s Your Wedding Day” to dark-humoured rock ballads like “Somebody Kill Me” the soundtrack is great fun!
The 80’s theme is held up by the costumes (did someone say two-tone shirts, gigantic ties and suspenders?!), lighting and scenery, including a large screen that doubles as a billboard complete with retro 80s product adverts.
Robyns and Quinn are excellent as love rivals, and a special mention has to go to Ruth Madoc’s performance – she appears to extremely dexterous for an older lady! Compton’s solos were amazing and her rendition of ‘Someday’ was top notch.
The performance takes place at the historic King’s Theatre in Edinburgh’s central Tollcross district, easily accessed via bus, rail, or car (free on street parking is available after 6.30pm) with a variety of bars and restaurants nearby so you can easily make a night out of it!
Tickets cost from £26 to £37.50 (booking fees may apply).
The Wedding Singer is at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh from 6-10 June 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.edtheatres.com or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ | 0131 529 6000