Broadway.com has learned that Stephen Lynch, who played the title role in The Wedding Singer readings, will star in the full production of the tuner. The cast is also expected to feature Felicia Finley as Linda, Matthew Saldivar as Sammy, Jason Antoon as Jimmy, Rita Gardner as Rosie and Richard H. Blake as Glenn.
Lynch is best known for creating comedy songs, which he then performs at venues throughout the country. He has three solo recordings "Half a Man," "A Little Bit Special" and "Superhero" and had his own half-hour special on Comedy Central in 2000. Among his theatrical credits is performing the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Barn Theatre in Augusta, Michigan.
Finley, Saldivar, Antoon, Gardner and Blake appeared with Lynch in a reading of The Wedding Singer last March. Finley notable played Amneris in Aida and has also appeared on the Great White Way in Smokey Joe's Cafe and The Life. Saldivar's off-Broadway credits include Timon of Athens, Spread Eagle, The Alchemist, Julius Caesar and Sea of Tranquility. Antoon is best known for his featured role in Contact. Gardner, who last appeared on Broadway in Morning's at Seven, is best known for appearing as Luisa or The Girl in the original company of the off-Broadway long-runner The Fantasticks. A Broadway regular, Blake is currently appearing as Link in Hairspray which is produced by Wedding Singer producers Margo Lion and New Line Cinema.
The Wedding Singer, based on the 1998 film of the same name, features music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin and a book by screenwriter Tim Herlihy and Beguelin. John Rando is expected to direct, and Rob Ashford is expected to choreograph the musical.
A production spokesperson could not confirm any casting for the tuner.