The Wedding Singer Opens on Broadway Tonight
With Lestat having just taken a critical drubbing, and Ring Of Fire about to burn out with an early close, what's a Broadway musical got to do to earn some respect? Aside from critically acclaimed revivals like The Pajama Game and Sweeney Todd, along with the jukebox hit Jersey Boys, there has been precious little critical success for musicals this year. While The Color Purple is arguably a success at the box office, much in the way that Wicked was two years ago and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was last year, the critical reviews were mixed for all three.
Now comes the latest entry, The Wedding Singer, based on the hit 90s movie with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. Perhaps the most well-known name associated with this musical is choreographer Rob Ashford -- who won a Tony for Thoroughly Modern Millie four years ago, and who turned Ewan McGregor into a surprisingly stylish dancer in last year's glorious West End production of Guys and Dolls. But I'm banking that the humor from Chad Beguelin (Book and Lyrics) and Tim Herlihy (Book) will strike the right chord with actors Stephen Lynch, Laura Benanti and -- one of my favorite quirky actors -- Kevin Cahoon at the helm.
Only one more night before we'll see whether I'm right.
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