I Now Pronounce You…
I had a chance to watch 9 Works’ production of The Wedding Singer last weekend for, yes, “work.” I dragged my friend Jean to the gala show held at the enormous yet molds-whiffed Meralco Theater in Pasig. The more interesting part of the night though was when the spotlight escaped the stage, for an actual “surprise” wedding proposal. And we thought these stuff only happened in the movies.
After Act One transpired, the musical’s cast assembled to call on a “pre-drawn raffle” where a certain woman from the orchestra “won.” She walked to the scene and got followed by her beau, who eventually held the microphone and professed his affection.
Before we knew it, he was offering an engagement ring to which the overwhelmed woman said “Yes!”
(Well, I thought it would be more dramatic if she said a solid No. But the whatchamacallit kilig vibes were enough to send the crowd who barely knows the couple to the roof.)
Anyway, I wrote the review of the 1980s musical, based on an Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore-starred film for ABS-CBN Lifestyle HERE.
The musical comedy’s strongest part, as we said, was bringing the play to a level Filipinos can relate to. For nothing is more aptly Pinoy than 2 people next to a Dumpster, composing a song. Or than a hopeful attempt to stop the love of your life’s own wedding.
On another note, I have to give our props to director Robbie Guevara for bringing fresh air to a musical with leather outfits, neon tights and heavy-as-adobe bangles. Even after blaring 80s nostalgia, the play never failed to impress even the young generation.
One particular dialogue couldn’t have been as witty and comical if it weren’t delivered at this moment, right here, right now.
It was when Julia Sullivan (played by Iya Villania/Shiela Valderama-Martinez) was talking to her would-be groom and Wall Street tycoon, Glenn Gulia (played by Jeremy Aguado), through a stationary pay phone. The guy then told her he was in his car.
“How could you call inside your car?” Julia asked.
“It’s a cellular phone,” the wealthy guy retorted.