REVIEW The Wedding Singer at New Alexandra Theatre

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Think big hair, bright clothes and show-stopping choreography as The Wedding Singer rewinds you back to New Jersey in 1985 for the party of a lifetime.

When wedding singer Robbie Hart (Jon Robyns) is left at the altar by his own fiancée, he embarks on a journey of loss and love as we see a broken, vulnerable man find his feet again with the help of Julia (Cassie Compton). Based on the 1988 film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, The Wedding Singer is both hilarious and heartwarming.

From spectacular dance numbers with the whole cast to poignant, tender moments between lovers, The Wedding Singer is a visual feast for the eyes with fluorescent hair, sequin dresses and extravagant lighting.

As the audience roots for underdog Robbie throughout the show, his grandma Rosie (Ruth Madoc) captures the hearts of the audience through moments of humour as she repreatedly refuses to be limited by age.

Despite playing the sleazy Wall Street bad boy, Glenn (Ray Quinn) steals the show. His effortless dance moves, combined with a faultless performance keeps the audience wanting more from the X-Factor runner-up. Following his success in the West End, it’s clear to see how Quinn has built his success; his charm shines through a character who we love to hate.

Sure, some of the New Jersey accents are slightly off and don’t get me wrong, there are cheesy moments but by breaking the fourth wall, characters invite the audience to share the ridicule. After, all, who doesn’t love a little bit of cheese?

The Wedding Singer runs at New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham until May 27. To buy tickets, click here 

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