The Wedding Singer
A Musical in 2 acts, 20 Scenes based upon the New Line Cinema film The Wedding Singer. Music is by Matthew Sklar, book by Tim Herlihy and Chad Beguelin, and lyrics by Chad Beguelin.
- Directed by John Rando
- Choreographer - Rob Ashford
- Scenic Design - Scott Pask
- Costume Design - Gregory Gale
- Lighting Design - Brian MacDevitt
- Sound Design - Peter Hylenski
- Hair Design - David Brian Brown
- Make-Up - Joe Dulude
Al Hirschfeld Theatre, New York - Opened 27th April, 2006 : Closed 31st December, 2006 (285 perfs)
It's the '80s. Robbie Hart lives in his grandmother's basement in New Jersey and sings in a wedding band. His dreams of being a singer/songwriter are long gone, replaced now by a burning desire to find the right girl and settle down. When his fiancee leaves him standing at the altar, he becomes a wedding planner's worst nightmare, taking out his bitterness on stage until his eye and heart turn to a new friend, Julia, but she's engaged to a wealthy Wall Street broker.
It's 1985 and New Jersey's favourite wedding singer, Robbie Hart, is rocking the reception hall with his signature tune. When Robbie's band takes a break, he bumps into the new waitress, Julia Sullivan. It's Julia's first night and she can't help imagining what it would be like if she were the bride. Though her boyfriend Glen hasn't proposed, she's positive it's bound to happen someday.
The following day, Robbie gets ready for his own wedding with the help of his Grandma Rosie. But while Robbie's standing at the altar, he receives a note from Linda. It seems that Robbie's fiancé has changed her mind. Robbie is devastated.
Meanwhile, in the bathroom of the banqueting
hall, Julia is preparing for a date with Glen. Her cousin Holly
and her mother Angie try to convince her that Glen's going to
propose. The set changes to a tacky revolving restaurant where
Glen indeed finally asks Julia to marry him.
Still a wreck from being dumped, Robbie refuses to leave his bed. Instead, he spends his time writing songs about his now ex-fiance. His bandmates Sammy and George arrive and try to raise his spirits. They give him a letter they found taped to his bedroom door. Convinced he must get back on the horse, Robbie agrees to play another wedding gig. But as soon as he's back at work, his depression turns to rage and he destroys the reception.
The angry wedding guests toss Robbie into a
dumpster outside the hall. Miserable, Robbie refuses to leave
until Julia convinces him to get up. .
Julia suggests that Robbie play non-wedding functions in order to get his feet wet again. Robbie takes her advice and books a bar mitzvah. Robbie then introduces George, the band's keyboard player, saying that he has written a special song for the occasion. While George sings, Julia tells Robbie that Glen is too busy to help her register for wedding gifts. Robbie reluctantly agrees to stand in for Glen. As they make their way through the Ridgefield Galleria, Robbie and Julia constantly get mistaken for a couple.
Julia and Robbie meet up with Holly at the bridal salon. Holly demands to know what Julia's wedding kiss will be like. After some cajoling from Holly, Julia practises the kiss on Robbie. Sparks fly. Never having seen this side of Robbie, Holly decides to ask him out on a date. In fact, everyone gets stoked for a Saturday Night in the City. At the club, Holly realises that Robbie has fallen for Julia. She tells him that Julia is marrying Glen because he's rich. Robbie vows to become more like Glen to win Julia over as the curtain falls.
Determined to start making money, Robbie shows up on Wall Street and asks Glen for a job. Glen reinforces Robbie's suspicions that life is truly All About the Green.
Meanwhile, Julia grills Holly about what happened at the club. Holly admits that she kissed Robbie, but nothing happened. Julia has doubts about Glen. Sammy shows up and tries to put the moves on Holly. Holly blows him off, but can't deny that she's starting to have feelings for him.
Julia finds out that Robbie has quit the band and is now working
on Wall Street. She confronts Robbie, telling him he can't give
up his music. Robbie tells Julia that she's only marrying Glen
because he's got money. Julia storms off and Robbie goes to a
bar to drink his problems away.
Sammy and George show up and find Robbie getting drunk. They try to cheer him up by singing the joys of being Single. The song only makes
Robbie decide to tell Julia how he really feels. Robbie arrives at Julia's house and sees her through her window, dressed in her wedding gown.
Afraid she'll reject him, he decides not to tell her he's in love with her.
Drunk and depressed, Robbie arrives home to
find Linda waiting for him. She tries to restart their relationship,
but Robbie ends up passing out .
Julia shows up the next morning and finds Linda in Robbie's bedroom. Thinking they are back together, Julia decides to elope with Glen to Vegas.
Robbie arrives at an anniversary party for his grandparents and Holly tells him that Julia and Glen have eloped. He decides to go after them. George and Rosie are left onstage alone. They provide their own style of music for the party.
Robbie arrives in Vegas, but can't find Julia
and Glen. He meets up
with a few celebrity impersonators who help him locate the missing
couple. Robbie crashes the wedding and sings Julia his latest
composition. Robbie proposes and Julia
accepts. The happy couple, along with the Vegas impersonators,
head home to Jersey. The show ends at Robbie and Julia's
Linda (Felicia Finley)
Original Cast - Principals
- Stephen Lynch - Robbie Hart
- Laura Benanti - Julia
- Matthew Saldivar - Sammy
- Richard Blake - Glen Gulia
- Rita Gardner - Rosie
- Kevin Cahoon - George
- Felicia Finley - Linda
Complete Original cast list
Ashley Amber Haase
J. Elaine Marcos
T. Oliver Reid
Eric Lajuan Summers
- It's Your Wedding Day - Robbie and Company
- Someday - Julia
- A Note From Linda - Linda
- Pop! - Holly, Julia, Angie and Company
- Somebody Kill Me - (written by Adam Sandler and Tim Herlihy) - Robbie
- A Note From Grandma - Rosie
- Casualty of Love - Robbie and Company
- Come Out of the Dumpster - Julia, Robbie
- Today You Are a Man - Robbie, Sammy, George
- George's Prayer - George
- Not That Kind of Thing - Robbie, Julia and Company
- Saturday Night in the City - Holly & Company
- All About the Green - Glen, Robbie and Company
- Someday (Reprise) - Julia
- Right in Front of Your Eyes - Holly, Sammy
- Single - Sammy, Robbie, George, Ricky, Bum and Men
- If I Told You - Robbie, Julia
- Let Me Come Home - Linda
- If I Told You (Reprise) - Robbie, Julia
- Move That Thang - Rosie, George
- Grow Old With You - (written by Adam Sandler and Tim Herlihy) - Robbie, Julia
- It's Your Wedding Day (Finale) - The Company
Scenes and Settings
Scene 1: Reception Hall
Scene 2: The Loading Dock
Scene 3: Robbie's Bedroom
Scene 4: Reception Hall
Scene 5: The Restaurant
Scene 6: Robbie's Bedroom
Scene 7: Reception Hall
Scene 8: The Loading Dock
Scene 9: Reception Hall
Scene 10: The Mall
Scene 11: Holly's Closet/The Club
Scene 1: Glen's Office
Scene 2: Reception Hall
Scene 3: Rosie's Porch
Scene 4: The Bar
Scene 5: Julia's Bedroom
Scene 6: Robbie's Bedroom
Scene 7: Reception Hall
Scene 8: White House Wedding Chapel, Las Vegas
Scene 9: Reception Hall
Original Broadway Cast - CD