Photo Flash: First Look at Haven Theatre's THE WEDDING SINGER
Haven Theatre Chicago follows their hit run of Hedwig and the Angry Inch with The Wedding Singer, now through November 17, at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Based on the 1998 romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, The Wedding Singer is directed by Jess McLeod, music directed by Kory Danielson and choreographed by Jim Beaudry. The production has music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin and book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
It's 1985 and New Jersey's favorite wedding singer, Robbie Hart (Tony Allen), is still living in his grandma's basement. After being left at the altar by his fiancé, a heartbroken Robbie manages to make every wedding gig as disastrous as his own. When he meets Julia (Aja Wiltshire), an admiring waitress, Robbie falls madly in love, only to learn than she is to be married to a Wall Street shark. Unless Robbie can pull off the performance of his lifetime, his perfect girl will be lost forever to a man who doesn't deserve her.
With a score that pays homage to the pop songs of the 1980s; The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big and greed was good.
Additional cast for The Wedding Singer includes: Kelley Abell (ensemble/dance captain), Sarah Bockel (Holly), Frankie DeCiacci (male swing/understudy), Jake Grubb (Glen), Alex Heika (George), Teressa LaGamba (ensemble), Garret Lutz (ensemble), Daniel Martinez (Sammy), Jeff Meyer (ensemble), Joe Capstick (ensemble), Amy Rapp (ensemble), Jill Sesso (Linda/Angie), Brooke Singer (female swing/understudy) and Judy Steele (Rosie).
The production team for The Wedding Singer includes: Jess McLeod (director), Kory Danielson (music director), Jim Beaudry (choreographer), Dan Stratton (scenic designer), Kelsey Melvin (asst. scenic designer), Stephanie Cluggish (costume designer), Lee Fiskness (lighting designer), Rick Sims (Sound Designer), Sarah Watkins (props designer), Garvin Jellison (production manager), Kelly Claussen (asst. production manager), Jon Ravenscroft (stage manager), Ben Dawson (technical director), Justin Krecker-Snyder (asst. technical director) and Eric Backus (sound engineer).
Preview performances are Sunday, Oct. 13 and Monday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 17 - Saturday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. Opening night is Sunday, October 20 at 7 p.m. The regular performance schedule is Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. There will be two Monday 8 p.m. industry performances October 28 and November 11. The closing Sunday, Nov. 17 performance will be held at 2 p.m. (no 7 p.m. performance). Preview tickets are $20 and regular run tickets are $42. Senior tickets are $35 and Industry/Student tickets are $20. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.theaterwit.org or by calling the box office at 773.975.8150. Industry/Student/Senior prices are $20. For more information, go to www.haventheatrechicago.org.
Photo Credit: Dean LaPrairie
Aja Wiltshire (Julia) and Jake Grubb (Glen)
Tony Allen (Robbie)
Aja Wiltshire (Julia) and Jill Sesso (Angie)
(L to R, Center) Garret Lutz (Cast), Teresa LaGamba (Cast) Aja Wiltshire (Julia) and Sarah Bockel (Holly); (L to R, Top) Joe Capstick (Cast) and Kelley Abell (Cast)