Local Canberran. Reluctant member of the Smashed Avo set. Lover of the classics.
Travel back to the 80s with the Queanbeyan Players
Drag out your scrunchies and your shoulder pads because The Wedding Singer: The Musical Comedy is coming to the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre this June.
The movie of the same name turns 20 this year. Can you believe it? It tells the tale of Robbie Hart, a first-class wedding singer who, after a disastrous wedding of his own, loses his zest for love and weddings. The backdrop is 1985 America; the supporting cast a mix of fluoro-wearing, one-glove-donning misfits who work at a popular reception venue.
I loved the movie when it came out. I had it on video and would sing along with Robbie (played by Adam Sandler) in every song. And the soundtrack was magnificent. I don't want to give away any spoilers to anyone who hasn't seen the movie but let me just drop a few names for you: Madonna, Culture Club, Davie Bowie and The Sugarhill Gang to name a few.
I haven't seen the musical version before so I don't know how closely it aligns to the movie. But I do know three things. Firstly, the songs will have the crowd bopping along in their seats. Who doesn't love a bad Boy George cover every once in a while?
Secondly, it will be chock-a-block with 80s references. Whether that's good or bad probably depends on your age but at the very least, it's sure to guarantee some big heads of hair and numerous laughs.
Finally, it will be a fantastic show. You see, the Queanbeyan Players have form. I saw their production of Guys and Dolls last year and was very impressed. Their singing was great as was the dancing but what was most impressive was the comic timing. They had the crowd in stitches. And, let's face it, trying to tackle roles made famous by Brando and Sinatra is no mean feat.
The Q is a fantastic theatre. It's easy to get in and out and you always feel close to the stage. There's plenty of parking available, not to mention several pubs and eateries within walking distance. My favourite? You can't go past The Royal Hotel for good pub grub.
The Wedding Singer: The Musical Comedy opens on 22 June and has only 10 shows (six nights and four afternoon matinees). Tickets are on sale now from The Q website or over the phone.
Discounts are available for groups of six or more so why not grab a group of friends and make a night of it?