The Wedding Singer by Chad Beguelin & Tim Herlihy
Review by: Paul Towers, 14 February 2017
A Dan Looney production
Curve, Leicester 10 - 18 February
'If you liked Legally Blonde then you will love The Wedding Singer'
Every now and again I find myself sat in an audience that is laughing hysterically every few minutes while I sit there stony faced. Have I become so jaded as to have lost my sense of humour, am I missing some obvious hilarity on the stage? Or am I just sitting through a touring production of The Wedding Singer?
It has to be admitted before I start that I hated the film, loathed Adam Sandler and turned off after 20 minutes.
This version of the show is billed as a rom-com. Sadly it is mainly rom with little com.
Fortunately the producers have ditched the original soundtrack and have gone for a whole new playlist. Sadly there are no memorable or hum-able tunes to send you out of the theatre in a good mood.
On the other hand there is a very competent live band in the orchestra pit, a lively cast and the choreography is very much of a West End standard so appealing to tourists. There is also good use of Curve's scenic technology as props slide in and out unaided.
If you liked Legally Blonde then you will love The Wedding Singer. The show is at Curve until Saturday and then on tour.
Full details on www.theweddingsingermusical.co.uk
Paul Towers http://ptheatre.blogspot.co.uk