The Wedding Singer - King's Theatre, Glasgow ✭✭✭
Review by Siobhan Brennan
Based on the 1998 film comedy of the same name, The Wedding Singer is an 80's cliche chock full of classic fashion and references from the decade. New Coke anyone?
Although the plot and title are retained from the film, the musical boasts an original score that sadly lacks the hit songs from the 80's that the film delivers. With music by Matthew Sklar, book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy with lyrics also by Chad Beguelin, the new songs and refreshed book breathe life into what could otherwise be simply a carbon copy of the movie. The songs, while comedic, are somewhat forgettable but certainly will leave the audience wanting more.
As down on his luck wedding singer, Robbie, Jon Robyns brings charisma, strong vocals and excellent chemistry with Cassie Compton who plays waitress Julia. Known for her time on the X Factor, Compton has forged a great career in musical theatre and their partnership drives the show. Particular highlights from their scenes include the funny Come Out of the Dumpster and punchy Not That Kind of Thing.
Fellow X Factor competitor, Ray Quinn plays villain Glen with such convincing character and malice that it is impossible not to root for the leading pair to finally realise they are meant to be together. It's certainly different to see Quinn playing the bad guy.
Late addition to the cast Ruth Madoc (replacing Barbara Rafferty who withdrew for personal reasons) steals the show as Robbie's Grandma, Rosie. Her stellar hip hop moves have the audience in hysterics.
With an energetic cast, excellent choreography from Nick Winston and plenty of 80's fun, The Wedding Singer certainly entertains and won't leave the audience wishing they hadn't RSVP'd.
The Wedding Singer is at the King's Theatre until Saturday 22nd April. Click here for tickets and information.