The Hollywood movie-to-Broadway musical trajectory is common enough--think John Waters' campy 1980s film Hairspray (and the subsequent 2007 remake) or Mel Brooks' slapstick 1968 movie The Producers (and the subsequent 2005 remake). Sadly, the Adam Sandler movie-to-musical path went unexplored for far too long. For years, audiences were deprived of golf club-wielding dance numbers culminating in a chorus of "The price is wrong, bitch" or Bobby Boucher's Bayou antics on the big stage. Fortunately, in 2006 the Wedding Singer made its Broadway debut and satisfied everyone's singing-Sandler needs.
The musical, full of feathered '80s hair and poppy new wave ballads, follows cheesy New Jersey rocker Robbie Hart as he is left at the altar by his fiancee and proceeds to sabotage every wedding he performs at. But when Hart meets a sweet, encouraging waitress named Julia who is engaged to a slick-haired Wall Street stud, he cranks up his dopey charm to get the girl. This classic, ditch-your-sucky-fiancee-and-get-with-your-true-love story is topped off with a rapping grandma, a bar mitzvah and an impromptu flight to Vegas.
On Saturday, Jan. 9, and Sunday, Jan. 10, you can catch all this wackiness live at the Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise premiere of the Wedding Singer musical at the Morrison Center. But you might have to wait a few more years for Happy Gilmore the musical.
Saturday, Jan. 9, 8 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 10, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., $25-$46, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-1609, newspaceentertainment.com/boise.