CCPA alumna to perform in dramatic musical take on “The Wedding Singer”
By Tom Cicero
This Monday marks the opening day for “The Wedding Singer,” a musical with a dramatic twist on the movie by the same name–one of Adam Sandler’s classic films–that emphasizes the humor between a down-on-his-luck wedding singer (played by Sandler) who falls in love with a waitress (Drew Barrymore).
While Sandler’s angle is to make people laugh, this performance applies darker tones that were never explored in the film.
“We are going against the Adam Sandler, ‘everything is funny’ thing,” said Brooke Singer, a Chicago College of Performing Arts graduate.
Singer is also the understudy for Julia, Barrymore’s character in the film version.
“I love the movie, first of all, but that being said, our rendition of it is pretty opposite of the movie,” she said. “In the movie, they really make Glen and Linda the bad guys. In our show, it really humanizes Glen and Linda. They aren’t the bad guys. They are just doing what society is doing. It’s more realistic instead of a complete joke.”
The musical not only humanizes the characters, but it also incorporates ideas about society at the time. Taking place in the 1980s, a time of great expansions in businesses and corporations, the musical takes a deeper look at the actions of the characters in relation to the outside world around them.
“In the musical, it’s more about the time period where corporate America was moving, and the people in the suburbs were getting the taste of money and culture, and how most women got married for money,” Singer said.
Singer said there are other new additions, as well.
Taking inspiration from the time period, the musical incorporates new songs similar in style to music of the ’80s.
While the movie and musical differ significantly, there are some similarities between the two. The movie places more emphasis on comedy, but the musical is not without its funny moments.
“The funny moments in the play are less frequent,” Singer said. “But I believe they are even funnier because of the darker tone of the play. They really lighten up the mood. The comedy revealed itself without people playing the joke.”
While Singer had a lot of love for the original “Wedding Singer,” she said she feels like the musical has grown on her.
“I was a little skeptical, to be honest,” Singer said. “I love Adam Sandler, as well as the original ‘Wedding Singer,’ but I’ve come to love the thing we are doing much more than the movie. It’s a great musical, and if you’ve seen the movie it’s awesome to see a different take.”
Presented by Haven Theatre Chicago, “The Wedding Singer” runs through Nov. 17 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased by visiting theaterwit.org or by calling the box office at (773) 975-8150.
For further information about the play or any of its stars, visit haventheatrechicago.org