From cinema screen to Blue Mountains stage for The Wedding Singer

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore began their famous onscreen association in the 1998 film The Wedding Singer. The romantic comedy is set in the mid-1980s and featured musical hits that defined the decade.

The movie follows Sandler's Robbie, a professional wedding singer, as he falls in love with already engaged (to bad guy Glen) waitress Julia.

Now their love story is being staged by Blue Mountains Musical Society, opening on May 18.

Hit comedy: Christopher Sparrow and Hayley Cascarino star as Robbie and Julia in The Wedding Singer. Photo credit: Aubtin Namdar.

Hit comedy: Christopher Sparrow and Hayley Cascarino star as Robbie and Julia in The Wedding Singer. Photo credit: Aubtin Namdar.

Joining the likes of Billy Elliot, Aladdin and Kinky Boots, The Wedding Singer film was adapted for the stage in musical form when it premiered on Broadway in 2006.

"Two of the best songs from the movie, Somebody Kill Me and Grow Old With You make it into the show," said Elle Zattera, the director of the society's current production. "However I think the original score and book of the musical bring even more humour and charm to this modern classic."

New songs have been included to enhance the plot, give the characters more depth and add to the 1980s vibe.

The original movie paid homage to the decade of mullets, shoulder pads and fluoro colours. Those who remember it fondly will enjoy the trip down memory lane that The Wedding Singer musical provides.

"The 80s influences in the writing make this a huge celebration of nostalgia which is great," said Zattera.

Audience members will receive the chance to relive their favourite screen moments in real life.

"There is a certain magic about sitting in a dark theatre, watching it all happen live onstage that a movie just can't live up to," she said.

Featured ensemble cast member Danielle Roorda agrees: "There is far more dancing, singing and general music in the theatre production if you believe it. So there's something for everyone and not a dull moment."

"It's a different type of entertainment, and the theatre way is more personable. You're close to the action," said featured dancer Becky Savage. "It's a fun, vibrant show with some phenomenal actors on the stage!"

So if you are a fan of what is arguably Sandler's best movie to date (or even if you're not), you will love this romantic comedy set in the 80s- it has seamlessly transitioned from the cinema screen to the stage.

"The production team and cast have worked ridiculously hard on making this show an absolute barrel of fun and laughs. The choreography is amazing, the direction is brilliant and the music, especially vocals, is pumping," said Roorda.

The Wedding Singer's season runs from May 18-June 2 at the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub. Tickets at or 4723 5050.