MEET THE CAST OF THE WEDDING SINGER SET TO OPEN ON OCTOBER 23
Are you ready to dance the night away and relive the era of the 80’s?
9 Works Theatrical, one of the Philippines’ leading theater companies is hot on the heels as it proudly presents “THE WEDDING SINGER”, a riotous yet heartwarming musical based on the 1998 New Line Cinema film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.
“The Wedding Singer” is set to open on October 23, 2010 – 8 p.m. at the Meralco Theater, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City.
The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was high and big, permed and curled; neon was in, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer sporting a mullet just might be the coolest guy in the room. The place is New Jersey. The time is 1985.
When Robbie, a charismatic wedding singer, is dumped in the altar by his longtime girlfriend Linda, the protagonist becomes a casualty of love and plunges into the depths of dumpster-level despair. But with the help of his friend Julia, a sweet and caring waitress who is oddly engaged to a smug of a guy and Wall Street type named Glen, Robbie rediscovers why he was all about the “love” in the first place.
“THE WEDDING SINGER”, a Tony Award-nominated musical captured the hearts of audiences all over America with its mind-blowing tribute to the pop songs of the 80’s. Its hilariously written script, and songs like “Someday,” “If I Told You,” and the phenomenal hit, “Grow Old With You” with music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin, and a book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy, will surely be a hit among local musical theater fans.
“THE WEDDING SINGER” features Party Pilipinas’ Gian Magdangal as Robbie Hart. Robbie is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer, rocking reception halls with his signature tune, “IT’S YOUR WEDDING DAY”. A hopeless romantic who could say all the right things to salvage any situation, Robbie’s own Wedding Day is just around the corner. Gian recently appeared onstage as Roger in 9 Works Theatrical’s RENT THE MUSICAL.
TV personality and MYX VJ Iya Villania who once shared the stage with Gian Magdangal in a local production of “Footloose the Musical” will play the role of waitress Julia Sullivan, who has been dating Glen, a fabulously wealthy junk bond dealer with a penchant for dressing like Don Johnson. Though it’s been four years and Glen hasn’t proposed, she’s positive it’s bound to happen someday.
Theater veteran Shiela Valderrama-Martinez alternates the role of Julia. Sheila was part of the opening team of Hong Kong Disneyland as the first Asian to play Nala in the Festival of the Lion King and Bebe in the Golden Mickeys.
Singer-actress and TV personality Nikki Valdez, who also shared the stage with Magdangal and Villania in Footloose, returns to the stage as Holly, Julia’s bubbly, uninhibited and lovable cousin.
Analin Bantug, who has played a bevy of roles, including Kim in her five-year stint with Miss Saigon UK Tour, alternates with Valdez for the said role.
Jeremy Aguado as Julia’s fiance Glen Guglia, a calculating, money-loving Wall Street type; Lorenz Martinez as Sammy, Robbie’s right hand man who does Van Halen licks while urging the guys to make the leap to legitimate rock stardom. He still pines for his ex-girlfriend, Holly; Johann dela Fuente as Robbie’s flamboyantly eccentric friend George, the band’s keyboard player who wrote a special song, “George’s Prayer” for the band’s upcoming Bar Mitzvah gig and looks out for Robbie and Robbie’s grandmother, with whom he connects on a deeply emotional level; Myrene Santos as Linda, Robbie’s trashy, oversexed girlfriend and Enchang Kaimo as Rosie, Robbie’s feisty grandmother.
Other members of the cast who will showcase their mettle in acting, singing and dancing prowess include: Arnold Trinidad, Bym Buhain, Chinie Nepomuceno, Francis Matheu, Harold Cruz, Ikey Canoy, James Stacey, Jenny Villegas, Jonjon Martin, Luau Sablan, Mark Tayag, Mian Dimacali, Miguel Vasquez, Nikki Guevara, Peachy Atilano, Sab Jose, Shelyn Tayanes, and Sylveth Ong-iko.
Robbie Guevara, one of 9 Works Theatrical’s founders, will be directing THE WEDDING SINGER. He has performed in numerous productions both here and abroad, and was the director of Songs for a New World and RENT THE MUSICAL (9 Works Theatrical’s first two productions) I Love You Because, A Christmas Carol, Fiddler on the Roof, Gay Birds and Romance, Romance for Repertory Philippines; Bat Boy for Blue Repertory; Heart & Music and the Rhythm of Life for the Philippine Opera Company.
Incidentally, “THE WEDDING SINGER” is also the reason that propelled Executive Producer Santi Santamaria and Artistic Director Robbie Guevara to establish their theater company, 9 Works Theatrical. “When we first encountered the material, we knew that we had to do it,” relates Guevara. Santamaria adds, “Wedding Singer is a crazy and energetic musical, and audiences will surely enjoy,” to which Guevara interjects, “One word to describe Wedding Singer ? Fun! ”
The artistic production team includes Musical Director Rodel Colmenar conducting the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, Choreographer Francis Matheu, Musical Director for Vocals Onyl Torres, Scenographer Mio Infante, Lighting Designer Martin Esteva, Sound Designer Chuck Ledesma, and Costume Stylist Rosanna Aranaz.
The production team is composed of Executive Producer Santi Santamaria, Production Manager Sunshine Domine, Technical Director Paul Domine, PR and Publicity Consultant Toots Tolentino. PR Director Christopher de Venecia, PR Manager Jonjon Martin, Marketing Manager Shelyn Tayanes, Stage Manager Lambert de Jesus, Company Manager Anna Santamaria and Photography by Revolution.
“THE WEDDING SINGER” is brought to you by the following sponsors: Rockwell Club, ABS-CBN Foundation, MAC Cosmetics, and The Philippine Star.
The show is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI), 421 West 54th Street, New York, New York 10019 – tel.: (212) 541-4684
Playdates of “THE WEDDING SINGER”: October 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, November 5, 6, 7, 13 and 14, 2010.
Showtime: Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows at 8 p.m. with Saturday matinees at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 4 p.m.
For further details, you may call 586.71.05, 557.58.60, 0917.554.5560, or visit www.9workstheatrical.com or call Ticketworld at 891.9999.