A fun and energetic cast of 23 will take you back to the eighties; the era of shoulder pads, big hair, and chewing gum.
The musical adaption of the 1990's movie "The Wedding Singer", follows the outline, while adjusting details to better suit the stage. Robbie Hart is a wannabe rock star who makes a living as the lead singer of a band that plays, among other events, at wedding receptions. He is the life of the party until being stood up at the altar by his fiancée Linda. His life turns around when he meets Julia Sullivan, a clumsy but sweet waitress who is about to be married to a Wall Street shark.
It is clear in this musical production, the main stars, sweet, innocent and loveable Julia (Katlin O'Keene) and Robbie (Leighton Irwin) were cast for their vocal talents, but Robbie's shiny blue suit is potentially the most authentically 80's part of his performance. Holly (Grace Maddern), Sammy (Dion Kaliviotis), and George (Danny Nercessian) are more convincing, and each puts in a strong performance.
The show presents original songs with 80's flavour, and includes two from the movie that are guaranteed to have you sing all you can recall on your way home.
The show's deviations from the movie, such as surprise visitors in the final scene's wedding, rely on the audience's memory of 1980's culture and its in-jokes, making the show most appealing to middle-agers.
If you are in need a feel-good musical, that will make you smile and chuckle, head to Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda, to buy your ticket, or pre-purchase online.
The show runs from October 14th through to October 23rd, with performances on Thursday to Saturday at 7.30pm and additional 1pm matinee shows on the weekend.