Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, an outdoor community theatre in downtown Annapolis, opens its 50th anniversary season on May 26 with The Wedding Singer—a romantic, rocking musical comedy based on the hit film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. The show runs Thursdays-Sundays and select Wednesdays at 8:30pm from May 26-June 18. Tickets are $22 and are available at summergarden.com.
Set in 1985, The Wedding Singer centers on would-be rock star Robbie Hart, New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer and 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. Things look up when he meets Julia, a winsome waitress, but she’s about to marry a Wall Street shark. Unless Robbie can change his tune and pull off the performance of the decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.
Mark Briner, director of ASGT’s smash production of Catch Me If You Can in 2015, returns to direct The Wedding Singer. Mark is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, where he helped establish the student performing group JHU Barnstormers. Mark is active in community, regional, and dinner theatre as a performer, director, costume and set designer, and producer. His directorial credits include such varied pieces as Chess, Altar Boyz, Evita, Once on This Island, She Loves Me, Fool for Love, Vanities, The Wizard of Oz, and Dreamgirls, which was produced with a grant from Dreamworks Studios and named Best Musical of 2006 in numerous awards throughout the Baltimore/Washington area. An active proponent of the arts, Mark serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Tidewater Players and the Children’s Playhouse of Maryland, and is a founding board member of Winters Lane Productions.
“After recreating the magic of the ‘60s last season directing ASGT’s amazing production of Catch Me If You Can, I relish the opportunity to pay homage to the fun, over-the-top silliness of the ‘80s in The Wedding Singer,” Mark says. “The music is a valentine to the last great decade of pop music. The dances salute the visuals of the budding era of MTV. And the costumes have infinite potential to dazzle recreating the distinctive looks of the day. I look forward to combining all this with the wonderful talent at ASGT and an amazing production team to create an experience that will pay loving due to the last best decade in history.”
The Wedding Singer is rated PG-13. Some material may not be suitable for young children. Parental discretion is advised. For tickets and more information, visit the brand new summergarden.com powered by Liquified Creative, or call 410/268-9212.
ASGT is an outdoor community theatre presenting musical theatre (featuring live music) in a unique, outdoor setting in historic Annapolis. New volunteers are always welcome. To get involved, visit summergarden.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.