Onstage: The Wedding Singer

Footlighters Inc., a venerable community theater that stays up with current trends, presents 'The Wedding Singer' at Newport's Stained Glass Theater through May 22. The characters come across as believable, everyday young people who meet and fall in love

Footlighters Inc., a venerable community theater that stays up with current trends, presents The Wedding Singer at Newport's Stained Glass Theater through May 22.

The Wedding Singer has a lot of heart — and that gives Footlighters' production, directed by Mark Femia, a winning way.

A lot of this production's likability is rooted in Femia's big, enthusiastic cast, a majority of them students from the theater program at Northern Kentucky University. Robbie and Julia are engaged to people they don't belong with. The "drama" comes as their misbegotten relationships unravel and they see one another as better choices. (The 1998 film was one of Adam Sandler's first, with Drew Barrymore playing the sweetly innocent Julia.)

The best part of The Wedding Singer is characters who come across as believable, everyday young people who meet and fall in love with a bit of misadventure along the way. The story's not all that original  — you've heard these songs before — but you want them to be happy together. That's a nice tune for a contemporary musical.

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