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01-07-2010, 09:58 AM
Travel Back to the 80’s With “The Wedding Singer”
January 22 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center


The Wedding Singer will bring back the 80’s when it dances into the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville on January 22 at 7:30 p.m. This musical comedy will take audiences back to a time when pastel was in, hair was big and the wedding singer was the coolest guy in the room! Tickets are $45 each and are on sale now at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office in-person, by phone at (850) 729-6000, or online at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org (http://www.mattiekellyartscenter.org). There is a $5 per ticket discount for groups of 10 or more tickets purchased at the same time. Box office phone and in-person hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday and from 6:00 to 7:30 pm the night of the show, subject to availability. Purchase of tickets through the center’s website is open 24/7.

Based on the hit film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, The Wedding Singer is crammed with 80’s pop-culture and songs that have a familiar sound to Bon Jovi and Heart. Wannabe rock star Robbie Hart makes his living as New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer until he is left at the altar. Broken-hearted, Robbie takes out his bitterness on stage at everyone’s weddings. Every wedding he plays is a disaster until a charming waitress named Julia captures his affections. The only trouble is, Julia is engaged to a successful Wall Street broker and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of his lifetime, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever. Can he win her heart before she says "I Do" or will it be too late?

The 1998 film of The Wedding Singer captured hearts and grossed over $120 million nationwide. The Broadway musical opened in April of 2006, with music by Matthew Sklar, and book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy (former head-writer for “Saturday Night Live” and author of the original screenplay). Itran for 284 performances and was nominated for five Tony Awards (including Best Musical and Best Musical Score); eight Drama Desk Awards (including Outstanding Musical, Music, and Lyrics); and three Drama League Awards. The Wedding Singer has gone on to tour the United States, U.K., Europe and Japan.

Don’t miss this chance to see the musical Newsday called “One Big Party! A good natured, high-energy musical.”

The Emerald Coast’s premiere venue for live theater and concerts, the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center is located at 100 College Boulevard on the Niceville on the campus of NWFSC and is easily accessible from U.S. Highway 285, U.S. Highway 85, the Mid-Bay Bridge from Destin and Interstate 10. For more information contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at (850) 729-6000 or go online to www.mattiekellyartscenter.org (http://www.mattiekellyartscenter.org).

PHOTOS ATTACHED:

#1: Scene from The Wedding Singer
#2: Finale