“..as much energy, colour and comedy as the original.”
It’s Mellow Dramatics’ 100th show this week and, to celebrate, the group are rocking this highly entertaining, musical comedy at The Brewhouse Arts Centre in Burton Upon Trent. The Wedding Singer movie, made famous by Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, had its screen success in 1998 and was followed by a Broadway stage musical in 2006. It has been a firm favourite for both professional and amateur performers ever since with its poplar soundtrack, big personalities and gentle story-line and The Mellow Dramatics performed from start to finish with as much energy, colour and comedy as the original.
Well directed by Donna Nolan, assisted by Nicola Wagstaff, this is a really great casting. Christopher James is a strong and commanding performer and excels as Robbie Hart playing against the lovely Lucy Robinson as Julia Sullivan-almost-Gulia, both perfectly complementing each other with seriously good and effortless voices. The singing ability as a whole was of very high standard throughout the cast as was the fast-paced comedy and timing. Memorable performances by Amy Glover (Holly) and Rhys Jones (Sammy) and eccentric band member George, played by Jack Broughton. Equally great performance by Sian Plummer as the hot Linda and Ross Harris was perfect as the swanky, equity trader Glenn Gulia. Lauren Taylor bought a lot of humour to the stage as the lovable Grandma Rosie and stole the show when she grooved some funky moves with George in Move That Thang.
Too big a cast to mention individually but a huge 5* well done to every member of the group for a truly stunning production. Excellent choreography by Natasha Ingham, simple yet effective set design with live orchestra nestled upstage, and wardrobe should take a bow for such a large and successful undertaking, colour, individuality and continuity. Well done too to the stage crew for getting that huge headboard and bed on and off the wing and for keeping all transitions well-choreographed and executed. Special mention to MD Rob Murray and his talented musicians, who played to perfection, carrying the show along smoothly, competently and without fault.
Show runs to 18th May
Suitable for everyone
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