TRIBORO MUSICAL THEATRE, WHEATON COLLEGE BRING “THE WEDDING SINGER” FROM SCREEN TO STAGE IN THEIR THIRD COLLABORATION
NORTON, Mass. (Jan. 6, 2011) — “The Wedding Singer” was a huge box office smash for Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore back in 1998. Now Triboro Musical Theatre and Wheaton College are bringing the new musical-comedy version of the hit comedy about the ’80s to the local stage.
“The Wedding Singer” tells the story of Robbie Hart played by Owen Murphy, 21, of Marion. Robbie is the lead singer of the band Simple Wed, whose world is rocked when he is left at the altar by his bride to be, Linda, played by Bridget Moriarty, 20, of North Attleboro. Robbie soon falls in love with his coworker Julia, played by Lauren Bamford, 20, of Attleboro, but Julia is engaged to marry Glen, a yuppie Wall Street broker played by Pete Rizzo, 25, of North Attleboro.
With help from Julia’s cousin Holly, played by Bianca Bowen, 20, of Hanson, MA, and Robbie’s band mates Sammy, played by Scott Towers, 25, of Brighton, and George, played by Nick LaPete, 25, of Uxbridge, MA, the two look to find true love.
“The Wedding Singer” will be performed Friday, Jan. 14, and Saturday, Jan. 15, at Wheaton College’s Weber Theatre in Norton. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. They can be purchased online at triboromusicaltheatre.org.
Vivian Humphrey, artistic director of Triboro Musical Theatre, said one of the benefits of TMT (an offshoot of Triboro Youth Theatre, which performs shows with students ages 4 to 18) is that the group can put on “hidden gems” – musicals that don’t get produced as often as others. Other shows in recent years have included “Curtains,” which sold out in 2010, and “My Favorite Year.”
“The Wedding Singer” also marks the third collaboration between Triboro Musical Theatre and Wheaton College and the second time that Wheaton has hosted the production at its Weber Theatre on the school’s Norton campus.
“At a time when all nonprofit organizations are looking to do more with less, working together offers a great way for TMT to take advantage of Wheaton’s resources while providing students there with another chance to get on stage,” Humphrey said.
“The Wedding Singer” kicks off 2011 for TMT and its sister organization, Triboro Youth Theatre, now in its 15 season. TYT won a $20,000 grant from the Chase Community Giving program last year – the largest award in the nonprofit’s history – and continues to feature dozens of young actors each year in shows ranging from “Annie” to “Les Miserables.”
For more information, visit www.triboromusicaltheatre.org.