Written by: Anna Alexander
As the first three notes are played, suddenly it feels as if you are traveling back to the 80’s, the big hair, loud makeup, and of course the amazing music are all what you can think of when listening to the hit musical The Wedding Singer, composed by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. This rockin’ musical which takes place in 1985 is about rock-star wanna be Robbie Hart, who is New Jersey’s best wedding singer and still lives in his grandma’s basement. In the first number (“It’s Your Wedding Day”) Robbie announces he is sooned to be married to his long time fiancee, Linda. During the wedding reception Robbie meets Julia a hopeful waitress who is in a relationship with a big shot Wall Street accountant. Unfortunately Linda later leaves Robbie at the altar (“A Note From Linda”), which turns not just Robbie but his music into a mess. From the help of Julia, who is now engaged (“Pop!”) and his bandmates Robbie comes to terms of where he is at in his life. Robbie later realizes that he is deeply in love with Julia and has to find a way to tell her that her fiance is not the man for her, but he is.
This hilarious musical incorporates every genre of music that was hot in the 80’s such as rock, pop, and R&B! The mix of different genres makes the 80’s aspect of the show come to live even more. The plot is also very entertaining and is almost identical to the movie The Wedding Singer, which the musical was adapted from. The musical also incorporates a very important life lesson: love comes in any shape or form. The Wedding Singer is a very loved and enticing show that will have anyone hooked just by listening to the soundtrack. I recommend this show to anyone who likes a good romcom and of course loves the 80’s whether it be the fashion or music. Knowing The Wedding Singer will not only expand the number of musicals you know, but also be one of the few you will cherish and love to sing along to!