The Wedding Singer, the 2006 Broadway musical based on the 1998 romantic film comedy of the same name, will receive its UK premiere in the new year, opening on 22 February 2008 at Manchester’s Palace Theatre, where it continues until 1 March ahead of a regional tour and planned West End transfer.

After being left at the altar, wannabe rock star Robbie – who makes his living as the wedding singer for hire of the title – succeeds in making every wedding as miserable as his own. Then he meets a sweet waitress named Julia, who attempts to cheer him up, and steals his heart in the process. The only trouble is, she’s about to be married. Can Robbie pull off the performance of the decade and win the girl of his dreams?

Set in the Eighties, the 1998 film starred Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore and featured a soundtrack of pop classics from the period. The stage show has a book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy based on the screenplay, music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin. Songs include “Somebody Kill Me”, “Casualty of Love”, “Come Out of the Dumpster”, “Single”, “Move That Thang” and “Grow Old With You”, which Sandler sang in the film.

The musical had its Broadway premiere in April 2006 at New York’s Al Hirschfeld Theater, where it ran for ten months and was nominated for five Tony Awards. That production was directed by John Rando, designed by Scott Pask and choreographed by Rob Ashford. No creative team or casting details have yet been announced for the UK premiere.

For further reporting on The Wedding Singer’s run at the Palace Theatre, visit Manchester.

- by Terri Paddock