Sunday, October 3, 2010

Wedding Bells Ringing for Iya and Gian

By Deni Rose M. Afinidad

(The Daily Tribune)


Like the ill-fated lovers Romeo and Juliet, actors Iya Villania and Gian Magdangal are worlds apart. Iya is a host for ABS-CBN’s Sunday variety show ASAP, while Gian performs for the rival Party Pilipinas on GMA 7. But once their eyes meet, their voices collide and the music plays, their differences seem to disappear. In fact, it’s as if they have their own world and everyone else vanishes, including the reality that Gian is committed to singer-actress Sheree, while Iya’s long-time boyfriend is TV host Drew Arellano. 

No one knows if Gian and Iya’s second time to work together as on-stage partners (since Footloose five years ago) could have developed into a secret romance. But one thing is for sure: the two have hit the jackpot in chemistry as the Drew Barrymore-Adam Sandler counterpart of 9 Works Theatrical’s musical rendition of the hit movie, The Wedding Singer. 

Featuring the hit song “Grow Old With You,” The Wedding Singer is a Tony Award-nominated musical based on Sandler and Barrymore’s 1998 New Line Cinema film. Known for its tribute to the pop songs of the 1980s, hilarious script and hits like “Someday” and “If I Told You,” the musical is written by Tim Herlihy, with music composed by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin and a book by Chad Beguelin and Herlihy. 

“The Wedding Singer is so much fun,” remarked the musical’s director, Robbie Guevara, who also directed the theater company’s recent versions of Rent and Songs for a New World. “It’s a crazy and energetic musical, so audiences will surely enjoy.”

The plot takes place in 1985, when rock star wannabe Robbie Hart (Magdangal) is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer, rocking reception halls with his signature tune, “It’s Your Wedding Day.” He is the life of the party, until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding he plays in as disastrous as his own failed romance.

Enter Julia Sullivan (Villania), a winsome waitress who wins his affection. The only trouble is Julia is about to be married to Wall Street tycoon Glen Guglia (Jeremy Aguado), and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of the decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever...

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