Sunday, October 3, 2010

BOY ABUNDA's DIRECTLINE: The Wedding Singer Now On Stage

The Wedding Singer now on stage
(The Philippine Star)

When I watched The Wedding Singer some weeks ago, (I didn’t catch its theatrical run in 1998), I was easily transported to the ’80s. It stars Adam Sandler as the wedding singer and Drew Barrymore as a waitress whom he falls in love with. What makes the movie memorable, aside from Drew and Adam delivering great performances, was the music. Who could ever forget Boy George’s Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, David Bowie’s China Girl, the Police’s Every Little She Does Is Magic, Spandau Ballet’s True, Huey Lewis and the News’ Do You Believe In Love, Hall and Oates’ You Make My Dreams, Wham’s Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Madonna’s Holiday, etc.

The Wedding Singer was one of the big hits of the ’90s. In 2006, a musical version made its debut on Broadway.

Several weeks ago, 9 Works Theatrical held auditions for its own production of The Wedding Singer. Theater aficionados came in droves to audition for parts in the musical. They belted out popular ’80s tunes. Hopefuls sang a varied repertoire ranging from Total Eclipse of the Heart and Karma Chameleon to Let’s Hear It For the Boys. They also performed to an ’80s stylized and inspired choreography by choreographer Francis Matheu.

Over a hundred contenders tried out for slots in the select cast of 28 which includes select chorus members who will play impersonators of notable characters from the ’80s.

The panel of judges was composed of The Wedding Singer director Robbie Guevara (Songs for a New World, Rent), vocal coach Onyl Torres, choreographer Francis Matheu, PR and Publicity director Toff de Venecia and executive producer Santi Santamaria.

After a thorough deliberation, 9 Works Theatrical has chosen Gian Magdangal in the lead role as Robbie Hart, Iya Villania alternating with Shiela Valderrama-Martinez as the waitress Julia Sullivan, Nikki Valdez alternating with Analin Bantug as Holly (Julia’s bubbly, uninhibited and lovable cousin)...

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Catch the Wedding Singer: The Musical Comedy
on November 7, 2010 (Sunday) 8 PM @ The Meralco Theater 

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1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    I would like to clarify if Iya will be sharing the stage with the other theatre actress or Iya will be on Gala (8pm) and the other theatre actress will be on 3pm.