The first play I've ever seen . . .
The Wedding Singer
River City Community Players
I finally got a chance to watch the movie version of "The Wedding Singer". It wasn't bad, but I couldn't help but find myself comparing the movie to the play. The play actually worked the 80's feel into the story, the movie didn't seem to, other than a few costume pieces. In fact, the only point the movie manages to get over the play is: Billy Idol. No offense to you, Jason, but Billy Idol is a tough act to follow. Of course, you were playing a fake Billy Idol, so points to you for that.
I think Brian was better in the role. He's hands down a better singer than Adam Sandler, and brought an easily likeable charm to the character. In some ways, he reminded me of Ryan Reynolds (that is a compliment). I never really understood why anyone would actually want Adam Sandler to sing at their
wedding? Excellent job, Brian.
Although I like Drew Barrymore, I think Vanessa brought more of a "girl next door" charm to the character. Couldn't help but feel for her when she meets Linda. Could almost hear the breaking of her heart. Nicely done, Vanessa.
I can't believe this character was a limo driver in the movie. He worked so much better as a fellow band member. Jeff totally rocked the part!
The character in the movie just seemed like an excuse to have a Boy George/Pete Burns (lead singer from "Dead or Alive") impersonator. Nikcoma did
an excellent job with the character.
I can't believe the movie didn't do more with the character. Jessica did an amazing job portraying the party girl with the heart of gold. Good job, Holly!
Another character the movie seemed to not do much with. Nicole was awesome as the "slutty heartbreaker" (that is a compliment, by the way).
I couldn't believe that the movie version was more or less a self-centered, "Miami Vice" clone. Bradley played the perfect "oily, wall street" type. Nicely done, Bradley.
Nicely done, Betty!
What can I say? Tracy, you were awesome! Not a surprise really, having worked with you in the past. You really disappeared in to the "old lady" makeup.
To the rest of the ensemble:
You guys were all great! Good job to all of you.
This was the first play I've seen, and I enjoyed it. Good job to all involved.
read the review at KC Stage