THE WEDDING SINGER Comes To The Van Wezel 1/24/2010

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The Wedding Singer is bringing back the 80s when it dances into Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall for one performance only Sunday January 24th 2010 at 7PM. This musical comedy will take audiences back to a time when pastel was in, hair was big and the wedding singer was the coolest guy in the room!

Based on the hit film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, The Wedding Singer is crammed with 80s pop-culture and songs that have a familiar sound to Bon Jovi and Heart. Wannabe rock star Robbie Hart makes his living as New Jersey's favorite wedding singer until he is left at the altar. Broken-hearted, Robbie takes out his bitterness on stage at everyone's weddings. Every wedding he plays is a disaster until a charming waitress named Julia captures his affections. The only trouble is, Julia is engaged to a successful Wall Street broker and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of his lifetime, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever. Can he win her heart before she says "I Do" or will it be too late?

The 1998 film of The Wedding Singer captured hearts and grossed over $120 million nationwide. The Broadway musical opened in April of 2006, with music by Matthew Sklar, and book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy (former head-writer for "Saturday Night Live" and author of the original screenplay). It ran for 284 performances and was nominated for five Tony Awards (including Best Musical and Best Musical Score); eight Drama Desk Awards (including Outstanding Musical, Music, and Lyrics); and three Drama League Awards.

Starring in the lead roles of Robbie Hart and Julia are real life husband and wife J. Michael Zygo and Jillian Zygo. J. Michael Zygo has performed on previous national tours as Rooster in Annie and as Will Parker on the first national tour of Oklahoma! Other roles that he has performed include Jamie in The Last Five Years, Jerry and Malcolm in The Full Monty, Chad in All Shook Up, Emcee in Cabaret and Monty in Violet. Michael is also a singer/songwriter and has two full studio albums of country music with his band Zygo & The Deuce.

Jillian Zygo has performed with PEG on the national tour of Beehive the 60s Musical, Fanny Brice (Funny Girl AriZoni Award Best Actress), Georgie in The Full Monty and Nancy (Oliver). Her tour/regional credits include Ado Annie (Oklahoma! First National), Annie Oakley (Annie Get Your Gun), Kathy (The Last Five Years),Violet (Violet) and Ginger ( I Love A Piano national tour).

Don't miss this chance to see the musical Newsday called "One Big Party! A good natured, high-energy musical." Put on your legwarmers and head over to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall to see The Wedding Singer playing Sunday January 24th at 7PM. For tickets call 941-953-3368 to reserve your tickets, visit www.vanwezel.org or stop at the box office at 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Fl, 34236.

 



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