The Wedding Singer Cast Announced
The stars of the Australian professional premiere of The Wedding Singer have been announced. More performers and creatives are set to be announced for the Broadway musical, touring the country from 9 April.
Overflowing with ‘80s nostalgia, this rom-com will see Kinky Boots’ star Teagan Wouters pull up her leg warmers and tweak her side-pony, ready to belt out the role Drew Barrymore made famous.
Starring opposite her is Christian Charisiou in the title role of Robbie Hart, originally created by Adam Sandler in the film. A NIDA graduate experienced in TV, film and theatre, this is Christian’s first leading role in a main stage musical. He is also one of the stars of the animated Maya the Bee 3: The Golden Orb, in cinemas now.
The villain (fiancée) of Wouter’s Julia, the obnoxious Glen Guglia, will be performed by Stephen Mahy, one of Australia’s original Jersey Boys with recent principal roles in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Saturday Night Fever and Mamma Mia! He also reached the top 12 in Channel 10’s I Will Survive.
Rounding out the lead cast is Nadia Komazec as Holly (who teaches Robbie what a good kiss really is), Ed Deganos as George who toured with The Lion King for Disney Theatrical Productions, and Susan-ann Walker as Robbie’s adventurous, hip and sometimes naughty Grandma, Rosie.
All the cast are thrilled to be bringing live theatre back to Australian audiences.
“I feel incredibly excited to be cast in the lead role of a major musical, particularly following the chaos of 2020. The Wedding Singer really amplifies the humour, love and all-out ‘80s fun of the movie...I can’t wait for audiences to see it!” says Christian.
“The movie came out when I was in high school, so there is a lot of nostalgia around it for me personally. It’s going to be a very silly and outrageous trip back to the ‘80s and feels like it’s exactly what we all need right now!” says Teagan.
From 9 April, Adelaide, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Sydney audiences will see this feel-good, romantic musical. It’s 1985. Hair is huge, collars are up and a wedding singer is the coolest guy in the room. Remember cassette players, ATARI, and slap bands?
Penned by the writer of the original movie starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, The Wedding Singer musical achieved a Tony Award nomination for Best Musical.
Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s number one wedding singer and the life of the party. That is until his own fiancée strands him at the altar. Bitter and broken, Robbie begins to make every wedding as disastrous as his own until a warm-hearted waitress named Julia intervenes. Only trouble is, Julia’s about to be–you guessed it–married! Can Robbie pull off the performance of the decade and win the girl of his dreams?
Produced by David Venn Enterprises (Bring It On! The Musical), The Wedding Singer features music by Matthew Sklar (Elf The Musical), lyrics by Chad Beguelin (Aladdin), and a book by Beguelin and Tim Herlihy. A long-time collaborator of Adam Sandler, Tim wrote the classic hit films Happy Gilmore and Billy Maddison, as well as several other Sandler-starring films in addition to The Wedding Singer.
COVID Safe measures will be in place for all performances, as per government regulations.
Adelaide - Majesty's Theatre - Friday 9 April - Sunday 25 April - 3 Weeks Only - www.bass.net.au
Melbourne - The Athenaeum Theatre - From Friday 30 April - Strictly Limited Season www.ticketek.com.au
Gold Coast - HOTA, Home Of The Arts - Wednesday 16 June - Saturday 26 June - 2 Weeks Only www.hota.com.au
Sydney - State Theatre - From Thursday 1 July - Strictly Limited Season www.ticketmaster.com.au
Images: Nicole Cleary Photography