Tonight opening of Slow Burn Theatre 1980’s summer wedding theatrical experience really takes the cake for fluffy, lighthearted, full out fun. Doing what they do best, Director/Choreographer Patrick Fitzwater gets the best bang for his buck when it comes to dancers, singers, live musicians and Slow Burn production values. If your always a bridesmaid but never the bride, book “The Wedding Singer” now. It hits high notes for South Florida theatre.
Fitzwater is the wedding planner every woman wishes for. His choreography pushes the limits for our South Florida local talent. The production values once again live up to the Slow Burn tradition of excellence. Watching our local talent grow before our eyes could be Patrick’s magic. His casting choices have cleverly captured each performers talents making this a wedding you won’t want to miss. If you are looking for a musical with all the elements of fun “The Wedding Singer ” should be at the top of your list.
Theatre Chat’s last visit to Slow Burn put them on the Florida map for best new production company to watch. Slow Burn Theatre has embraced local talent, made tickets affordable, created some of the best production values that include sets, sound, costumes, choreography, best choice of shows with wonderful direction. Florida is the “fun in the sun arts destination” because Slow Burn Theatre Company offers new musicals that make this a must stop on the arts map.” BroadwayGlobal.
Musical Direction by Manny Schvartzmann keeps the 80’s groove flowing. Standouts in the cast are Clay Cartland (Robbie Hart) who has a wonderful voice as well as strong acting chops, which we all see when it comes to the more serious moments in the script. His co-star Courtney Poston (Julia Sullivan) also sings her part to perfection. Some of the strongest moments are when all the cast are singing together. Again thanks to Manny Schvartzmann,
Conor Walton (George) the gay band character may now have more fans than Boy George. The audience ate his wedding cake comedic moments and then some, some of the best laughs in the show. Jerel Brown (Ensemble) brings down the house with his Tina Tuner type character, while Sabrina Lynn Gore (Ensemble) shines in a quick moment of Cyndi Lauper. If you have not seen some of these characters at a real wedding, you need to visit a few Las Vegas wedding chapels hosted by Elvis himself. Better yet get your ticket to Slow Burn’s “The Wedding Singer“. But what happen in Boca won’t stay there, word of mouth will get out on this wedding party.
Domenic Servido (Sammy) has that GQ looks and voice to capture the ladies. Penny Mandel (Grandma Rosie) gave the audience as much fun as she looked playing her role. Nicole Piro (Linda) plays a bad girl we all can love. Nicole’s voice and looks have captured her fans from her years at Laffing Matterz. Erica Mendez (Holly) proves to be one of the best up and coming local talents with her beautiful voice. Rick Hvizdak (Glen Guglia) fits the bill. Jon Yepez (Ensemble) surprises us with his excellent dancing turns as Ben Solmor proves he is still the strongest male dancer in the company.
Rick Pena (Ensemble), Lauren Bell (Ensemble), Kaitlyn O’Neil (Ensemble) and Alisha Todd (Ensemble) all make “The Wedding Singer” a top Theatre Chat pick for the best fluffy summer fun musical. Sometimes you just want to leave the theatre feeling good and Slow Burn has accomplished that. This time they really take the cake, wedding cake that is. If you want sweet this is the musical for you.
“The Wedding Singer takes you back to a time when hair is big, greed is good, collars are up, and a wedding singer is the coolest guy in the room. It’s 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party, until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.” Slow Burn.
“The Wedding Singer” runs for six performances only! Fridays, June 21 and 28, 2012 at 8:00 p.m, Saturdays, June 22 and 29 at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays, June 23 and 30 at 2:00 p.m. at the West Boca Performing Arts Theater on the campus of West Boca Raton High School on Glades Road. Tickets are available at slowburntheatre.org, or by calling 866-811-4111. Discounts are available for groups 20 or more, call 954- 323-7884. Slow Burn is located at 12811 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL.