Monday, October 4, 2010

The Wedding Singer: From Film to Stage

by Ibarra C. Mateo
(The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines - On Feb. 13, 1998, the New Line Cinema movie The Wedding Singer starring Adam Sandler as a 1985 rock-star wannabe, whose day-job is singing in New Jersey weddings, and Drew Barrymore as the waitress who became the object of his love and affection was released.

The romantic-comedy film reportedly had a modest budget of $21-M but to the surprise of many, it went on to register a whopping $123-M in ticket sales. When it opened in the US, it ranked second with $18-M in ticket sales, a notch below Titanic.

To capitalize on the box-office hit of the movie written by Tim Herlihy and directed by Frank Coraci, two soundtrack albums were also minted in 1998. While the cast members performed the movie’s song numbers, the two albums had the original artists and versions of the songs.

Some of the more famous songs from the The Wedding Singer and The Wedding Singer Vol. 2 were: Do You Really Want to Hurt Me by Boy George; White Wedding (Billy Idol); China Girl (David Bowie); Somebody Kill Me (Adam Sandler); True by Spandau Ballet; Just Can’t Get Enough (Depeche Mode); Love Stinks (The J. Geils Band); You Make My Dreams (Hall and Oates); Holiday (Madonna); and Grow Old With You (Sandler).

The following songs were featured in the movie but not in the two albums: 99 Luftballons (Nena); Till There Was You (Ellen Dow); Boys Don’t Cry (The Cure); All Night Long (All Night) (Lionel Richie); That’s All (Sandler); Miami Vice Theme (Jan Hammer); Hungry Heart (Bruce Springsteen); and Wake Me up Before You Go-Go (Wham).

As a testament to the audience attraction with The Wedding Singer, it was mounted on Broadway in the early months of 2006 until Dec. 31 of the same year, with music written by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin, and book by Beguelin and Tim Herlihy.

In a press conference, executive producer Santi Santamaria and director Robbie Guevara said The Wedding Singer crystallized the setting up of their new theater company called 9 Works Theatrical.

“The music struck me. It was great, there was romance,” said Santamaria...

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