Review: The Wedding Singer at The Grand Opera House
Mr. T, Cindy Lauper, Billy Idol, Wonder Woman, President Reagan and his wife – what a cast list. You’ll find them all in the Grand Opera House this week making guest appearances during the musical The Wedding Singer.
Robbie Hart (Jon Robyns) sings at weddings with his bandmates romantic Sammy (Ashley Emerson) and wonderfully gay George (Samuel Holmes). Julia (Cassie Compton) works in the hotel where Simply Wed perform, she is in a relationship with unscrupulous Wall Street high flier Glen (Ray Quinn) and Robbie is on the eve of his own wedding. But But But – everything falls apart allowing our two heroes to get together. It’s complex and good fun and the actors spare no energy telling their story. Undoubtedly Robbie and Julia seem to spark off each other, some of the clinches are very fulsome!
Some lovely scenes especially for me the male cast lined up behind a bar drinking beer as they sing and dance, we can see their feet and the choreography is terrific and very slick, especially George who is adored by the audience. It’s difficult to make out the words of songs at times, the band, which is excellent, seem to out shine the singers, something those around me in the stalls agreed.
So, sounds like a mass of intrigue which it is and a great mix of characters, I loved Ray Quinn who has the swagger of a James Cagney but without doubt the scene stealer was Robbie’s granny. Ruth Madoc has stage craft that comes with years of experience, she can work an audience like no other, shades of Ethel Merman as she belts out ‘Move That Thang’ with George. Brought the house down.
As usual Act Two brings out the best in everybody and it zings along and we zing with it.
The Wedding Singer
Grand Opera House, Belfast
until Sat 15 April 2017
Details at www.goh.co.uk