The Wedding Singer [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

The Wedding Singer [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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Bear in mind the old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" as the release of the soundtrack to the Broadway musical The Wedding Singer makes its splash on Broadway quite similar to the way the movie of the same name did, only with more music. The Wedding Singer is exactly based on the Adam Sandler movie, set in the '80s. Therefore, the album is filled with '80s references to music, games, events, and even business (In one song, the idea of investing in New Coke is suggested). The retro humor and music style, featuring electric pop sounds and hardcore rock beats, is refreshing; Wedding Singer doesn't play up a "Classic Broadway" sound, but rather offers a cute spin on the genre with Stephen Lynch at the helm, whose portrayal of Robbie Hart is endearing and amusing, even on record. Many of the songs are playable on disc without a staged visual, since anyone who's seen the movie can imagine what this might look like on-stage. However, large numbers such as "Saturday Night in the City," with its spaced out arrangement, and the finale (which, due to the appearance of so many new voices and characters, including a Filipino impersonator, becomes confusing and awkward) provide musical missteps that work wonderfully on-stage but do not transition properly on record. Many of the strongest recordings are actually from the movie, since they were originally composed by Sandler himself; as a comedic writer, he creates magic with "Grow Old with You" and "Somebody Kill Me," even if they aren't the most melodically challenging. Plus, there is only one genuinely show-stopping number, the opening track "It's Your Wedding Day," which gets an equally strong reprise at the end of the show. Overall, the cast recording is a feel-good sampling of the retro that you may have grown to love and miss, and the humor that is served in dollops is appreciated and enjoyed, even if the musical overall isn't overly original or critically acclaimed. Much like the original movie, The Wedding Singer doesn't attempt to change the world, rather, to tell the story of a boy and a girl who fall in love in the kinda-new old way.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/2006
Label: Sony
UPC: 0828768209523
catalogNumber: 82095
Rank: 63432

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack Bashkow   Reeds
John Putnam   Guitar
Larry Saltzman   Guitar
Jim Saporito   Percussion
Jon Werking   Keyboards
Kevin Kern   Vocals
Warren Odze   Drums
Gary Sieger   Guitar
Laura Benanti   Vocals
Clifford Lyons   Reeds
T. Oliver Reid   Vocals
Amy Spanger   Vocals
Kevin Cahoon   Vocals
Peter Kapetan   Vocals
Rita Gardner   Vocals
Mike McGurk   Vocals
Matt Allen   Vocals
Stephen Lynch   Guitar,Vocals
Trevor Neumann   Trumpet
Tina Maddigan   Vocals
Adinah Alexander   Vocals
John Samorian   Keyboards
Tracee Beazer   Vocals
Felicia Finley   Vocals
Ashley Amber Haase   Vocals
Nicolette Hart   Vocals
Angelique Ilo   Vocals
David Josefsberg   Vocals
Spencer Liff   Vocals
J. Elaine Marcos   Vocals
Irio OFarrill   Bass
Matthew Saldivar   Vocals
James Sampliner   Conductor,Vocals
Christina Sivrich   Vocals
Matthew Stocke   Vocals
Eric LaJuan Summers   Vocals
Thomas Reid   Vocals
Richard H. Blake   Vocals
Joanne Manning   Vocals
Stephen Lynch   Guitar,Vocals
Irio O'Farrill   Bass
Cara Cooper   Vocals
Matt Allen   Vocals
Michael McGurk   Vocals

Technical Credits

David Chase   Arranger
David Leonard   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Adam Sandler   Composer
Edward Nelson   Company Manager
Matthew Sklar   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
John Rando   Director
Tim Herlihy   Composer,Book
David Lai   Producer,Audio Production
Isaiah Abolin   Pro-Tools
Angie Teo   Pro-Tools
Julie Baldauff   Stage Manager
Chad Beguelin   Lyricist,Book
Sebastian Cotrone   Engineer
Felicia Finley   Plot Synopsis
Janet Takami   Stage Manager
Blake Douglas   Pro-Tools
Rolt Smith   Production Stage Manager
Edward G. Nelson   Company Manager

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