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"The Wedding Singer" is NKU's Next Show. Meet One of the Stars.

It's 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer. He's the life of the party until his fiancée leaves him at the altar.
 
Broken-hearted, Robbie becomes a real downer at the mic. Enter winsome waitress Julia. Is Robbie’s heart starting to mend? So what’s he going to do about the Wall Street shark she’s engaged to?
 
Katy Miller is Julia in The Wedding Singer, opening Thursday at Northern Kentucky University. It is, of  course, based on the Adam Sandler hit from 1998, one of many, many movie musicals that have become stage musicals over the last few years. 
 
Miller watched it when she saw NKU was doing The Wedding Singer. “I thought it was hilarious.” Despite being set a generation ago when greed was good, colors were neon and rock was defined by Billy Idol, Culture Club, the Psychedelic Furs, The Police and more, some things never change, Miller says.
 
Love, for instance.
 
The Wedding Singer may be set in an era that’s all about image, Miller asserts, but the NKU production directed by Michael Hatton will be about “finding the heart in the characters” while it has a lot of fun with the mid-Eighties, New Jersey, Cyndi Lauper, Imelda Marcos...
 
Miller says she “definitely” has things in common with her character. “She’s an optimist, in love with love, she’s sweet and caring.” Which may be why her favorite scene in The Wedding Singer is helping Robbie (Noah Berry) out of a dumpster and the dumps.
 
It may also be why she’s pursuing a career in musicals. “It’s a tough field,” she acknowledges. Miller thinks the moment that convinced she had to try came in high school in hometown Paducah. She was playing Cinderella and after a performance she and cast mates stayed in costume and visited a child with leukemia. “Her face lit up,” Miller remembers. “I realized – you get to make people happy, even if it’s for a little while. It’s important.”
 
Miller graduates in 2015, and her dream is to work in regional theaters to build up Equity points on her way to New York. She has a double major, in musical theatre and French. While it would be nice to do musicals in Paris, she laughs, she’s really enjoying French translation and “I think it would be a great survival job” while she’s auditioning in coming years.
 
For the next few months, she’s laying a foundation by making connections (“It’s amazing, you can make so many connections here!”) See her on stages all over the area:
 
While The Wedding Singer is performing at NKU Miller will be in rehearsal at The Children’s Theatre for its holiday production of The Snow Queen. While The Snow Queen is on stage at The Taft Theatre in Downtown Cincinnati, Miller begins rehearsals for West Side Story at The Carnegie.
 
And she’s hoping (auditions to come) that while West Side Story is having its January performances she’ll be in rehearsal for Les Miz back at NKU
 
The Wedding Singer, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday Oct. 23-Nov. 2, Corbett Theatre, Fine Arts Center, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights. Tickets: $14, seniors $11, students $8. 859-572-5464 and [email protected]
 
Written by Jackie Demaline, RCN Arts
 
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