Diff’rent Strokes Star Mary Jo Catlett Joins MTW Cast of The Wedding Singer

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Mary Jo Catlett has just been announced to play RosieMusical Theatre West is proud to announce the professional regional premiere of THE WEDDING SINGER at the beautiful 1,070-seat Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. The Wedding Singer previews July 8 and runs July 9 through July 24, 2011.

Mary Jo Catlett has just been announced to play Rosie in The Wedding Singer. Mary Jo may be best remembered as Pearl, the maid on the popular ’80s sitcom, Diff’rent Strokes, and her remarkable career has spanned from Broadway (the original cast of Hello, Dolly!) to film (Serial Mom) to current television classics (the voice of Mrs. Puff on SpongeBob SquarePants). Musical Theatre West is pleased to welcome her back to the Carpenter Center stage after her turn as Jeanette in the runaway hit, The Full Monty, in 2007.

It’s 1985 and Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer and is engaged to the platinum blonde, leather-clad Linda who stands Robbie up at the altar of his own wedding day. Bitter and broken, Robbie begins to make every wedding as disastrous as his own until a warm-hearted waitress named Julia intervenes. Though heartbroken over his fiancée, Robbie is forced to reexamine the meaning of love and marriage with the help of Julia; only trouble is, Julia’s about to be married! Can Robbie pull off the performance of the decade and win the girl of his dreams? Can you still fit into your powder blue tuxedo? This new musical comedy is based on the 1998 movie of the same name which starred Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore as a singer and a waitress engaged to be married to the wrong people.

THE WEDDING SINGER opened in 2006 on Broadway and had 285 performances at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin, The Wedding Singer marks their Broadway musical debut and they have put together a truly clever and often hilarious score. Songs include: “It’s Your Wedding Day ,” “Saturday Night in the City ” and “Grow Old With You .”

The Wedding Singer will have its professional western regional premiere at Musical Theatre West in Long Beach, CA on July 8-24, 2011. This production will be directed by Larry Raben, musical director is David Lamoureux, and choreography by Spencer Liff.

The performance schedule for The Wedding Singer is Thursdays and through Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., with a 7 p.m. performance added on July 17th. Tickets start at $30, with last-row seating available at an additional discount. There is a $3 service charge per ticket. Prices are subject to change without notice. Group rates are available for 15 or more. Musical Theatre West performs at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center located at 6200 E. Atherton Street, Long Beach, CA 90815.

Tickets for The Wedding Singer are on sale now and may be purchased online at www.musical.org or by phone at 562-856-1999 x4. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Musical Theatre West Box Office located at 4350 E. 7th Street, Long Beach, CA 90804 from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Wedding Singer is the forth show of Musical Theatre West’s 2010-2011 Season and is made possible through the generous contributions of Honorary Producer Kathryn Baker Campbell and Associate Producers Richard Neri & Kurt Schulzman and Universal Care.

Musical Theatre West’s 2010-2011 Season Sponsors are the Ackerman Family/Evalyn M. Bauer Foundation and Ken and Dottie Reiner.

For more information on Musical Theatre West’s production of The Wedding Singer, please visit www.musical.org.

Entering into its 59th season, Musical Theatre West is Southern California’s premier musical theatre company. Under the leadership of Executive Director/Producer Paul Garman and Artistic Director/Producer Steven Glaudini, the company has garnered numerous awards and accolades for its work presenting the entire spectrum of musical theatre (including 25 La Stage Alliance Ovation Award nominations over the past three seasons and the LADCC Margaret Harford Award for Sustained Excellence in the Theatre).

Musical Theatre West performances are at the beautiful 1070-seat Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. Tickets are available and can be purchased through the MTW Box Office at (562) 856-1999 x4 or online at www.musical.org.

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