“Cast of 25, 67 wigs, over 100 costumes and over 500 costume pieces” rattles off producer and director Joe Hynes, as I take a peek backstage at Super Summer Theatre before its opening night of The Wedding Singer. The musical version of the 1998 Adam Sandler flick gives audiences more of the characters than the film version does—and that’s a good thing. It wasn’t necessarily the main characters, Robbie and Julia, who made the film funny, but more so the side characters who were caricatures of ’80s culture—Robbie’s bandmates, Sammy and George; his grandma, Rosie; his elusive ex-girlfriend, Linda; and Julia’s friend, Holly, and fiancée, Glen. The ensemble cast made the movie memorable, and this musical lets you see more of it.
Under the direction of Toby McEvoy, a 12-piece band takes the audience through upbeat tunes that shine the spotlight on each cast member (because you can only take so much sap with songs like “Grow Old With You”). Linda serves up some dirty glam-rock with solo dance numbers, “A Note From Linda” and “Let Me Come Home,” Holly rallies with “Pop!” and “Saturday Night in the City,” and although he’s a chauvinistic product of ’80s corporate culture, Glen makes you want to hear more of what he has to say (or sing) during “All About the Green.”
Similar to the film, some of the show’s funniest lines are delivered by Rosie. Her duet with Robbie’s melodica-playing bandmate George was outrageous—in a good way. With all the ’80s archetypes and music, Hynes and the actors aim to find a balance between camp parody and human moments of heartbreak and love. The cast and crew of SST’s staging of The Wedding Singer take that challenge in stride, amplifying and adding to the film’s beloved punchlines and plot twists.
Super Summer Theatre’s The Wedding Singer
June 14–17, 21–24, 8 p.m., $15–$20, Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, 6375 NV-159, Blue Diamond, supersummertheatre.org