‘The Wedding Singer’ celebrates love

Performance fills Chaffin’s Barn with music, laughter

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The Wedding Singer

Alex Pineiro as Robbie (on guitar) and Nico Ryan as George (on keys). The Wedding Singer Robbie and one of his bandmates from the wedding band Simply Wed in the play “The Wedding Singer.”

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre is presenting the outrageous, award-winning musical “The Wedding Singer,” which opened Sept. 19 to a full house, showing that after 53 seasons, Chaffin’s continues to provide delightful entertainment and a fantastic buffet, which for this show even featured wedding cake for dessert. 

“The Wedding Singer” is a musical based on the movie of the same name. However, this production is even more fun than the movie, packed with laughs and filled with incredible musical numbers performed by a very talented cast that sings and dances through weddings, heartaches, beginning love affairs and one very funny Jewish boy’s coming-of-age celebration.

Talented director and choreographer Curtis Reed (who is also an actor and dancer in the ensemble) has great characters to keep you in stitches. His exceptional cast of singers and dancers maintain a lively pace that starts with the opening number, “It’s Your Wedding Day.”  

The show centers on a love-struck wedding singer, Robbie Hart, played by Alex Pineiro. Robbie makes a handsome but hopelessly devoted love interest to Linda, played by Jenny Norris, who drops him in an outrageous song and dance number, “A Note From Linda,” just days before their wedding because, unfortunately to her, he is just a wedding singer. 

This leads Robbie into a downward spiral that makes for some sad but funny weddings because his heart just isn’t in it, even though nearby is the perfect girl for him, Julia, played beautifully by Natalie Rankin. 

They share an insane lament, “Come Out of the Dumpster.” Sadly, Julia is engaged to her money-loving boyfriend, Glen, played by Matt Moran. Glen is a man who loves cash first and then Julia, which is made clear in the song “All About the Green.”

One of the biggest showstoppers is George, played by Nico Rion, who with tight pants and long black hair regales a Jewish bar mitzvah with a horn solo that had the audience in tears with laughter. However, the real champ of the evening is a little old gray-hair lady, Robbie’s Grandma Rosie, played by Vicki White. She is so full of energy and is so hysterical she brings the house down as an unbelievable jiving rap singer and dancer, complete with hip rap togs in “Move That Thing.”

The show is produced by the team at Chaffin’s, which works tirelessly from moving sets to waiting on tables and helping with all aspects of the production. Chaffin’s is a family affair that makes guests feel like family. Even local Williamson County theater companies feel the bond, as they share actors — and friendships. Many of the Studio Tenn staff came to support Chaffin’s and Aubrey Guice, a young, talented performer in the ensemble, on opening night. 

Chaffin’s Barn is located at 8204 Highway 100 in Nashville. For tickets or information, call 615-646-9977 or visit www.chaffinsbarntheatre.com.

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