Directed by Professor Jonel Langenfield, the 2006 musical is based on the popular Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore movie of the same name.
In the opening scene, we meet Robbie, played by a likable Nicholas Sweet. Robbie is the lead singer of a popular wedding reception rock band, and is to be wed himself the very next day. We are also introduced to Julia, a waitress at the reception venue. Julia, portrayed by the talented Abigail Hines (who also acted as the Assistant Musical Director of the show) is also engaged to be married to another man. Julie has her heart set on having Robbie sing at her wedding.
Robbie's fiance Linda (Claire Bosley) leaves him at the altar, sending Robbie into a deep depression. With help from his Grandma Rosie (Sami Digamus) and Julia, he begins to work his way out of his funk, but also begins to fall in love with Julia. Unfortunately, her fiance Glen (Philip Jones) is still very much in the picture.
The music and choreography added greatly to the production. Music director Alan Martin and choreographers Julie Mondrick and Stephanie Standish worked with a capable and talented cast and company to produce a very entertaining show.
Aided by their friends Holly (Rachel Leotta) and George (Kamal Morales), Julia and Robbie eventually end up together. The scene moves from New Jersey to Las Vegas (in an airplane flight creatively piloted by a Billy Idol impersonator), where Robbie finally has it out with Glen to win Julie's love. Robbie reprises his wedding singer role at his and Julie's wedding, and everyone lives happily ever after.
A packed house at the Saturday evening performance of The Wedding Singer thoroughly enjoyed the show. The Theater Department also dedicated the performance to Professor Kitty Macey, the Theater Department Costume Design faculty member for 45 years, who will be retiring at the end of the spring semester.
IHeartOswego.com gives the SUNY-Oswego production of The Wedding Singer two thumbs up, and we look forward to more of these outstanding performances in the future.