Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Marriage in Need of Work; the Wedding Singer Is at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, until Saturday. ALISON CARR Reviews the Show

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Marriage in Need of Work; the Wedding Singer Is at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, until Saturday. ALISON CARR Reviews the Show

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Byline: ALISON CARR

THE blurb asks: "Remember when hair was big, greed was good and shoulder pads were in?"

I ask: "Remember when musicals were original and not based on films?"

This trend has been sweeping theatreland for some time now, and Hairspray's multiple win at the Olivier Awards earlier this week is proof that musical makeovers can be a success.

Unfortunately The Wedding Singer has a very (very) long way to go if it ever wants to reach such heady heights.

The story will be familiar to film fans, but if you missed the Adam Sandler/ Drew Barrymore hit then the plot lands us in 1985 and Robbie Hart, the titular crooner, is a would-be rocker who falls for waitress Julia after being jilted at the alter.

The only problem is Julia is about to get hitched herself.

Proceedings did not get off to the best start last night when the curtain went up 40 minutes late.

Yes, these things happen, and credit to all on stage that they did not let any offstage difficulties distract them as they threw themselves into the performance. …

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