Exactly one week after my trip to the South of France seeing La Cage Aux Folles, it was time to head back in time to party like it was 1985 with the cast of THE WEDDING SINGER.
Based on the film of the same name, love struck wedding singer Robbie Hart (Jon Robyns) falls down on his luck after being dumped at the altar by fiancee Linda (Hannah Jay Allen). Looking to “friend” Julia (Cassie Compton) for support, both try to deny the obvious spark between them. Julia gets engaged to Glenn (Ray Quinn) and Julia’s best friend Holly (Tara Verloop) comes on to Robbie – but the question is, can Robbie and Julia find their happily ever after before it’s too late?
Right from the start, you are fully immersed into the 80s vibe! Classic movie trailers play as you enter and a little nod to Back to the Future sets the audience up for a fun filled afternoon! And it’s quite obvious from when Robbie and Julia first meet what is going to happen! But, as an audience member, do you care? NO YOU DON’T! You get drawn into the love story hook, line and sinker and are fully behind the characters even through all the obstacles they face!
Yet again, this cast absolutely blew me away! Leading man Jon Robyns was as charismatic as I’ve ever seen him – and matched with the beautiful Cassie Compton (Julia), they were a definite match made in heaven! Elsewhere in the cast, there were phenomenal performances from Ray Quinn as the slimy Glenn Giulia, the utterly sensational Tara Verloop as Holly, the fabulous Samuel Holmes as George and the legend that is Ruth Madoc as Robbie’s grandma Rosie. Backed by an outstanding ensemble cast and an uplifting 80s inspired original soundtrack – this is a show full of energy, joy and most importantly, finding Love and happiness, be it on your own or with your soul mate!
For me – I am a definite sucker for a happy ending – this show would be a perfect fit in London’s West End. It is ready made with an outstanding cast, phenomenal ensemble, a compact yet effective set and the most uplifting heart and spirit you will ever see.
The tour continues to Liverpool then Edinburgh. Check out http://theweddingsingermusical.co.uk/tour-dates for more dates and details.