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Preview: The Wedding Singer at Sunderland Empire


The Wedding Singer
Tuesday 21st - Saturday 25thFebruary 2017

Don’t miss your chance to join the party of the year – with a musical that promises to get you up dancing faster than your Dad at a wedding, The Wedding Singer is packed with songs which capture all the fun and energy of the Adam Sandler smash hit film. 

Jon Robyns, Ray Quinn, Cassie Compton, Roxanne Pallett and Ruth Madoc will star in the hilarious musical based on the hit film.

Cassie Compton, Ray Quinn, Ruth Madoc,
Jon Robyns, Roxanne Pallett – Photo:  Darren Bell
It’s 1985. Hair is huge, greed is good and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favourite wedding singer. When his own fiancée dumps him at the altar a seriously bummed out Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own.  Can sweet natured Julia and her best friend Holly lure Robbie out of the dumpster and back into the limelight?  Or is  he  going  to  see  her  head  off  down  the  aisle  with  Wall  Street  bad  boy  Glen. 

Only Grandma  Rosie  seems  to  be able to see that Robbie and Julia are the couple that are meant to be. West End  and  Musical  Theatre star Jon  Robyns  plays Robbie  Hart. 

Ray Quinn as Glen
and Roxanne Pallett as Holly
Photo:  Darren Bell
Most recently he  starred  in Legally  Blonde  as Emmett Forrest, other theatre credits include Enjolras in Les Misérables, Spamalot, Memphis and Avenue Q. He is joined on stage by British singer-songwriter Ray Quinn as Glen who shot to fame as the runner-up in ITV1’s The  X  Factor  in  2006  and  as  champion  of Dancing  on  Ice  in  2009. 

In 2014, he  won  Dancing  on  Ice:  Champion  of Champions.  His  theatre  credits  include  Danny  Zuko  in Grease  (West  End), Dirty  Dancing  (West  End)  and Legally Blonde (UK Tour). West  End  leading  lady  and  X  Factor  finalist Cassie  Compton  plays  Julia;  her  roles  include  Sabrina  in American Psycho  (Almeida,  London)  and  Eponine  in Les  Misérables. 

Ruth Madoc as Grandma Rosie
and Jon Robyns as Robbie Hart
Photo:  Darren Bell
Playing  best  friend  Holly, Roxanne  Pallett  is  perhaps best  known  for  her  long-standing  role  as  Jo  in  ITV’s Emmerdale.  She  has  also  appeared  in Waterloo  Road  and Casualty  on  screen  and  in The  Rocky  Horror  Picture  Show, The  Vagina  Monologues  and  John  Godber’s On  The Piste on stage.

No stranger to stage and screen, comedy veteran Ruth Madoc joins the company as Grandma Rosie. Ruth became a household name in the Eighties when she played Gladys Pugh in BBC comedy series Hi-De-Hi! More recently we’ve seen her on screen in ITV’s Benidorm, Mount Pleasant (Sky) and Stella (Sky). Samuel Holmes (Mrs Henderson Presents, West End) will play George. Further casting is to be announced. 

The  Wedding  Singer  2017  UK  Tour  is  Directed  and  Choreographed  by Nick  Winston.  Set and  Costumes  are  by Francis  O’Connor.  Musical  Supervision  is  by Sarah  Travis  with  Musical  Direction  and  Orchestration  by George Dyer.  Lighting Design is  by Ben  Cracknell  with  Sound  Design  by Richard  Brooker.

Video Design  is  by Jack  HenryJames  and  Casting  by Jim  Arnold. The Wedding  Singer  is  produced  by Dan  Looney, Paulden  Hall  Productions, Tom O’Connell and Jason Haigh-Ellery.

The  Wedding  Singer  Music by Matthew Sklar Book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy Lyrics by Chad Beguelin Based upon the New Line Cinema film Written by Tim Herlihy Directed and Choreographed by Nick Winston Performances by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Ltd.

Tickets are available in person at the Box Office on High Street West, from the Ticket Centre on 0844 871 3022* or online at*
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