9 Works Theatrical presents “The Wedding Singer,” a musical comedy based on the 1998 New Line Cinema film of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. It opens October 23, 2010, 8 p.m., at the Meralco Theater, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City.
“The Wedding Singer,” written by Tim Herlihy, with music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin and book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy, takes place in 1985. Rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer. He's the life of the party, until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding he plays as disastrous as his own.
Enter Julia, a waitress who wins his affection. Only trouble is, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of the decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.
With a brand new score that pays loving homage to the pop songs of the 1980’s, “The Wedding Singer” takes us back to a time when hair was was high and big, permed and curled; neon was in, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer sporting a mullet just might be the coolest guy in the room.
Playing Robbie Hart is Party Pilipinas’ Gian Magdangal. who most recently appeared onstage as Roger in 9 Works Theatrical’s “Rent.” Here, he is reunited with TV personality and MYX VJ Iya Villania, whom he once shared the stage with in a local production of “Footloose, the Musical.”
Villania plays the role of waitress Julia Sullivan, alternating with theater veteran Shiela Valderrama-Martinez, who was part of the opening team of Hong Kong Disneyland as the first Asian to play Nala in the Festival of the Lion King, and Bebe in The Golden Mickeys.
Singer-actress and TV personality Nikki Valdez, who also shared the stage with Magdangal and Villania in “Footloose,” returns to the stage as Holly, Julia’s bubbly, uninhibited and lovable cousin.
Analin Bantug, who has played a bevy of roles, including Kim in her five-year stint with “Miss Saigon”-UK Tour, alternates with Valdez in the role.
Completing the cast are Jeremy Aguado, Lorenz Martinez, Johann dela Fuente, Myrene Santos, Enchang Kaimo, Arnold Trinidad, Bym Buhain, Chinie Nepomuceno, Francis Matheu, Harold Cruz, Ikey Canoy, James Stacey, Jenny Villegas, Jonjon Martin, Luau Sablan, Mark Tayag, Mian Dimacali, Miguel Vasquez, Nikki Guevara, Peachy Atilano, Sab Jose, Shelyn Tayanes and Sylveth Ong-iko.
Robbie Guevara, one of 9 Works Theatrical’s founders, directs “The Wedding Singer.” Guevara has performed in numerous productions both here and abroad, and was the director of 9 Works Theatrical's first two productions, “Songs for a New World” and “Rent.” other directorial credits include “I Love You Because, “A Christmas Carol,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Gay Birds” and “Romance, Romance,” all for Repertory Philippines; “Bat Boy” for Blue Repertory; “Heart & Music” and the “Rhythm of Life” for the Philippine Opera Company.
Executive producer Santi Santamaria says, “'The Wedding Singer' is a crazy and energetic musical, and audiences will surely enjoy it!” Guevara adds: “One word to describe 'The Wedding Singer?'Fun!”
The artistic team includes musical director Rodel Colmenar conducting the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, choreographer Francis Matheu, with musical director for vocals Onyl Torres, scenographer Mio Infante, lighting designer Martin Esteva, sound designer Chuck Ledesma and costume stylist Rosanna Aranaz.
The production team has executive producer Santi Santamaria, production manager Sunshine Domine, technical director Paul Domine, PR and publicity consultant Toots Tolentino. PR director Christopher de Venecia, PR manager Jonjon Martin, marketing manager Shelyn Tayanes, stage manager Lambert de Jesus, company manager Anna Santamaria and photography by Revolution.
The show is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI), 421 West 54th Street, New York, New York 10019 (tel. 212-5414684.
Playdates are October 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, November 5, 6, 7, 13 and 14, 2010. Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows at 8 p.m., with Saturday matinees at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 4 p.m.
For tickets, call 5867105, 5575860, 0917-5545560. Visit www.9workstheatrical.com or call Ticketworld 8919999.