|Robbie Hart||Dallas Young|
|Julia Sullivan||Gwen Vigorito|
|Glen Guglia||Keith Moser|
|Sammy||Charles Weigold III|
|Director||Ann Marie Squerrini|
|Music Director||Lucille Kincaid|
'Wedding Singer' energetic and entertaining
By Myra Yellin Outwater, Special to The Morning Call
9:22 PM EDT, August 2, 2011
The Pennsylvania Playhouse has an audience pleaser in its production of the 2006 Broadway musical "The Wedding Singer.'' This campy musical set in 1985 is full of energetic song and dance; nostalgic period references; jazzy, sexy, hot pink, black and sequined costumes, and a youthful cast full of talent and enthusiasm.
Director Ann Marie Squerrini knows how to fill the small Playhouse stage with nonstop action. She created small alcoves on the sides which add the element of surprise every time the black curtains are pulled back.
Mariel Letourneau's choreography is delightfully original, quirky and full of amusing choruses. A very talented eight-man orchestra under Lucille Kincaid's professional musical direction rocks the theater with the 1980s rock score.
"The "Wedding Singer" is based on the 1998 film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. Rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart, who is played with charm by Dallas Young, is jilted at the altar by his fiancée Linda, played with an over the top campiness by Letourneau.
This betrayal turns Robbie against love until he meets Julia, played with a sweet and winsome innocence by Gwen Swanson Vigorito. Vigorito has a lovely voice and manages to steal the spotlight with her romantic naivete, which is in sharp contrast to her flirty and sexually aggressive best friend Holly, played by Annie Locke. Letourneau vamps it up and brings down the house with her two solos, "A Note from Linda," and "Let Me Come Home." Not only is Letourneau a strong performer, but she also is a dynamic, long-legged dancer.
Terry DeBiase plays the warm-hearted and loveable Grandma Rosie and then brings down the house with her unexpectedly sexy solo "Move That Twang." Gary Warren plays the flamboyant cross dresser George. Keith Moser plays the cynical and amoral Glen who shows his true character in "It's All About the Green."
Among the many highlights are Julia's and Robbie's duets "Awesome," "Come Out of the Dumpster," "If I Told You" and "Grow Old with Me." And I loved the raucous Act One finale, "Saturday Night ion the City." And of course there are all those visually extravagant wedding dance scenes
Myra Yellin Outwater is a freelance writer.