March 2008


Reprinted from The Independent Weekly 
26 MAR 2008


The Wedding Singer

Raleigh
The Wedding Singer
Memorial Auditorium, Progress Energy Center—Movies-turned-musicals (and movies-turned-musicals-turned-movies) are becoming increasingly common fare on Broadway. After the success of the stage version of Hairspray, New Line Cinema was looking for another of its films to “musicalize” and found it in The Wedding Singer, the 1998 Adam Sandler/ Drew Barrymore romantic comedy. After 284 performances and five Tony nominations, the musical closed in 2006—but has been revived as a national tour that arrives in Raleigh this week.

Tim Herlihy, who wrote the original screenplay and co-wrote the book to the stage version, says he’s “never quite figured out” why The Wedding Singer has such an appeal. Indeed, the stage version spawned a cult of “Wed Heads” who repeatedly attended the show, sometimes dressed as the characters and singing along with the lyrics. “I don’t know where they got the money to go to all these shows!” Herlihy says with a laugh. “I guess people just relate to the story.”

Herlihy says The Wedding Singer originated when Sandler, whom he’s known since they were college roommates, had the idea for a film about a wedding singer who gets left at the altar. “I was listening to the radio show Lost in the ’80s, and I said, ‘I want to do a movie set in the 1980s,” Herlihy recalls. “So of course, we thought, ‘Why don’t we do a story about a wedding singer in the 1980s?'” At the time, Herlihy didn’t think the film was that different than his previous frat-friendly collaborations with Sandler, Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore. “I think it was the chemistry (between Sandler and Barrymore) and what was going on in our own lives—I had just gotten married, and maybe that affected the script,” Herlihy says.

Adapting Singer into a play “wasn’t too much of a stretch” for Herlihy, who says it’s “the only movie I’ve written with headphones on.” He says Sandler’s given his stamp of approval to the stage version, which has also recently opened international productions in London and Tokyo. Does he have any stories about Sandler’s college days that can be printed in a family newspaper? “He once put a whole plate of chicken parmigiana on his head,” Herlihy says. “It was something you had to be there for.” —Zack Smith

The Wedding Singer runs through Sunday, March 30. Visit www.broadwayseriessouth.com for more information.

MIKE ALLRED ON THE MADMAN TO COME

by Zack Smith

We spoke to Mike Allred last fall at the launch of his “Madman in Space” storyline from Image’s Madman Atomic Comics, which just concluded last week with issue #7. If you’ve been reading (SPOILER ALERT) you now know that Madman’s longtime girlfriend Joe has been merged with his other love interest It Girl, forming “Luna Joe”…and that Madman has a whole new lease on life.

Allred couldn’t wait to talk about this new direction from the character, starting in issue #8. In addition to a special preview, we got an understanding of what led the character to this turning point…and where things go from here?

Full story here!
GRANT MORRISON: ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, AND MUCH, MUCH MORE

by Zack Smith

 

Our extended talk with Grant Morrison finally concludes with a look at some of his other DC projects. Morrison’s Eisner-winning work on All-Star Superman with his frequent collaborator Frank Quitely has been hailed as some of the most imaginative and touching Superman stories of the last few years. With the series finally winding down, we sat down with Morrison to get his thoughts on the storyline and on the character…and on the possibility of more All-Star stories in the future. We also got some scoop on some of his film work, on some of his upcoming comic projects (including the long-awaited return of one of his Vertigo series) and his thoughts on the passing of one of his major influences.

Read the full interview here!

 DECADE OF PVP IV: IMAGE AND THE FUTURE


by Zack Smith

Click here for Part One, here for Part Two and here for Part Three.

Our look back at PvP’s decade-long history finally concludes with a special extra-length chat with creator Scott Kurtz, as he discusses what it’s been like working at Image, branching out into other projects, and getting to work with one his idols…while also taking a look into the strip’s future.

Read the full article here!

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