Please note: Due to Covid, key Melbourne performances have been rescheduled. Check dates here.
After a run of sell-out shows earlier in the year, The Wedding Singer: The Musical Comedy is making its way back to Melbourne by popular demand. The 80s extravaganza based on the ever-popular film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore will light up Melbourne’s Arts Centre in February for another limited run of shows.
Tickets are on sale now, but if its track record is anything to go by, you’re going to have to snap up your seats quick. Especially if you missed out when it first came to town.
The hotly-anticipated production was already stellar but thanks to the industry-wide hiatus in 2021, the spectacular show has been amped up and the offering has been maximised.
Now, audiences will get to see the all-star cast sporting new costumes and bigger hair as well as sing, dance and smooch in front of new neon set designs. So even if you’ve already seen the show, you’ll be able to experience it in a new light when it returns.
The Australian tour of Tony Award-nominated musical features some of the country’s most talented and most experienced theatre performers, including Christian Charisiou (The Last Five Years, Cry-Baby) and Teagan Wouters (Kinky Boots, The Musical) who have made their own the characters popularised by Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.
Their onstage chemistry sparkles alongside the recently engaged Nadia Komazec (School of Rock, Matilda) and Haydan Hawkins (Into The Woods, Miss Saigon), who were brought together by the show and who will once again reprise their roles as Holly and Sammy.
Their performances, though, are just some of the many that infect the musical adaptation of the film with energy and exuberance. Totally expected when the cast’s casting credits include productions like Xanadu, Les Misérables, The Lion King, Dirty Dancing, Shrek the Musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Saturday Night Fever, and Mamma Mia!
The same can be said of the sensational soundtrack brought to life by Musical Director Daniel Puckey and Michael Ralph’s choreography, which is phenomenal and loaded with iconic 80s dance moves you haven’t busted out in a minute.
The Wedding Singer: The Musical Comedy has been brought to the stage by David Venn Enterprises, who have also been behind other smash hits like Lin Manuel Miranda’s Bring It On: The Musical, as well as 50 Shades! The Musical Parody.
According to The AU Review, this noughties musical based on a 90s movie and set in the middle of the 80s is “packed to the brim with feel-good moments that put a smile on your face”. After the year we’ve had, The Wedding Singer: The Musical Comedy is just the type of reverie we need.
It will light up the stage at the Arts Centre’s State Theatre in Melbourne from Saturday 5 February to Sunday 20 February. The production then packs up and heads west to Perth.
Don’t miss out on The Wedding Singer’s encore season in Melbourne.