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'Wedding' Planners

''The Wedding Singer'' is coming to Broadway! Producers hope that the musical remake of the movie, complete with Adam Sandler songs, will be the next ''Hairspray''

Attention, all New York rapping grandmas and Boy George look-alikes: Get your headshots ready. A musical stage version of Adam Sandler's movie hit The Wedding Singer is Broadway-bound, the New York Times reports. After a tryout run in Seattle, the musical will hit Broadway next April, with a score that will include two songs that Sandler and Tim Herlihy composed for the 1998 film.

Could the mullet-headed musical be the next Hairspray? Producer Margo Lion, who also produced that screen-to-stage hit, thinks Wedding Singer could be a similar pop-nostalgia hit, only set in 1980s New Jersey instead of 1960s Baltimore. ''The real appeal of this was that, like Hairspray, it takes place in a very specific time and place,'' Lion told the Times. ''Plus, we can finally say we're doing a show for all the good people who live in New Jersey.''

New Line, the studio that distributed both Hairspray and Wedding Singer, is also a producer of the stage show, as is Seattle's 5th Avenue Theater. Herlihy, who wrote the screenplay, is writing the musical's book. Writing new songs for the score are composer Matthew Sklar and lyricist Chad Beguelin.

Of course, Hairspray, like The Producers and Little Shop of Horrors, is heading back to the screen as a movie musical based on a stage musical based on a movie. Which means that one day soon, we could be lining up at the multiplex to see the movie version of the Broadway Wedding Singer. If Sandler retains his characteristic immaturity, he could star in it again.

Originally posted Apr 15, 2005
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