The Ohio State University at Marion


Ohio State Marion presents the musical comedy production The Wedding Singer

October 16, 2019
Ohio State Marion presents the musical comedy production The Wedding Singer

The Ohio State University at Marion Office of Student Life will present the student musical production, The Wedding Singer, Oct. 24, 25, and 26, 7:30 p.m. in Morrill Hall Auditorium on the Marion campus.

Directed and choreographed locally by Amanda Zucker, Assistant Director - Hannah Fuller, Music Director - Melinda Meginnness, and produced by Karen Leuthold and the Ohio State Marion Office of Student Life, The Wedding Singer is a musical with music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin, and a book by Beguelin and Tim Herlihy. It is based on the 1998 film of the same name. The musical revolves around Robbie, who sings at weddings, his failed relationship with his former fiancée, and his romance with a new love, Julia.

It's 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Heart, who still lives in his grandmother's basement, is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer. He's the life of the party until his fiancée, Linda, leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie is so distraught that he makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. When he meets Julia, an admiring young waitress, Robbie falls madly in love. The only trouble is that Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever. With a 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 might just have been the coolest guy in the room.

The musical premiered on Broadway in 2006 and had several US tours starting in 2007. It was nominated for the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical. It subsequently has had many international productions.

The production includes a number of iconic lead and supporting actor roles, including: Robbie Hart played by Samuel Haines, Julia Sullivan played by Sami-Kay Mergy, Glen Guglia played by Jaydon Etgen, Holly Sullivan played by Jacelyn Mills, Sammy played by Darren “Brock” Sites, George played by Michael J. Cochran, Rosie played by Kayleigh Seiber, and Linda played by Katie Fusek. Chorus and featured roles include a number of 80’s icon roles made famous from music, television, and politics. Contributing to the talented ensemble are: Rae Swain, Amber Alexander, Nathaniel Askew, Fantasia Hillman, Chloe Downerd, John Neville, Kohde Davis, and Aurora Roszman.

Tickets for The Wedding Singer are available online in advance at: https://go.osu.edu/theweddingsinger2019 or at the door the prior to the performance. Doors open at 7 p.m. with curtain time of 7:30 p.m. Seating is general admission. Tickets are $15 adults; $10 for Five Nights season ticket holders, and seniors age 55 and up. Marion campus students are admitted free with a valid campus ID. This production is rated PG 13 for strong language and adult content.

The Wedding Singer is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIshows.com.