Gateway Playhouse to Conclude Season With 'The Wedding Singer'
Gateway Playhouse (215 South Country Rd, Bellport, NY 11713), Long Island's premiere professional Equity musical theatre, closes the regular 59th season with the Long Island's Debut presentation of "The Wedding Singer" September 17-October 4. The new musical is directed and choreographed by Keith Andrews with musical direction by Andrew Austin and scenic design by Scott Pask; costume design by Gregory Gale; and the lighting designer is Doug Harry. The musical stars Greg LoBuono (Robbie Hart), Noel Molinelli (Julia Sullivan), Michael Minarik (Glen), Antoinette DiPietropolo (Holly), John Rochette (Sammy), Brian Golub (George), Tina Johnson (Rosie), Jacqueline Colmer (Linda) with Cara Noel Antosca, Michael Baker, Jeff Blim, Joe Conti, Kim Dufrenoy, Lindsay Gee, Ashley McKay, Vincent Ortega, Natalie Renee, Matthew Salmela, Leo C. Sheridan, and Laura Smith. (subject to change)"The Wedding Singer"" is based on the smash hit film of the same name that starred Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. It received numerous award nominations including five for the Tony Awards including Best Musical as well as 8 for the Drama Desk including Outstanding Musical. Last year there was a large US tour and this year one in the UK as well as numerous international production. In The Wedding Singer it's 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer. He is the life of the party - until his fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding he plays as disastrous as his own. Until Julia, a winsome waitress enters to win his affection. Only trouble is Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of the decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever. With a brand new score that pays loving homage to the pop songs of the 1980s, The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer just might be the coolest guy in the room. 2008 marked Gateway Playhouse's 59th year of producing first class entertainment. The state-of-the-art facility surrounded by a beautifully landscaped rustic exterior creates a unique theater going experience; one of the top ten summer theaters in the nation. The seven acres of wooded, grassy land encompass the Mainstage theatre (seats 500), Barn theatre (for acting school classes and projects), scene shop, two rehearsal studios, three dorm-style housing units, a newly remodeled kitchen, costume shop, design office/studio, paint shop, box office, business office, various storage spaces, a recreation room and a large hedge-lined lawn with outdoor swimming pool. All of the actors are professionals, most are members of Actors Equity and the musicians are members of A F of M (Local 802). SSDC© directors (Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers) and USA© designers (United Scenic Artists) are employed. Gateway's Acting School is now in it's 13th year of providing professional training. Their set rental business has grown to over 40 full sets to lease. Coming for this Holiday season, Gateway presents "Mooseltoe" November 22-29. December 17-27 will be "Gateway's HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR a century of Christmas". And December 29 - January 1 will be Cirque Le Masque "Evolution." Regular performances of "The Wedding Singer" are Tuesday - Friday at 8:00 pm; Saturday at 4:00 & 8:30 pm; Sunday at 2:00 pm with week day matinees Thursday at 2:00 pm. Tickets are$39-$43 for adults, and $25 for children 12 and under and can be purchased by calling 1-888-4-TIX-NOW, on the web at www.gatewayplayhouse.com, or in person at the historic theatre in Bellport.