July 12th was the Rehearsal Dinner for The Wedding Show and the title of this post is the truth. I haven't been that excited to dance at a wedding sober since my best friend's gay wedding where we organized a flash mob to a song by Dadi Freyr, a band known for their Eurovision fame.
So first of all, big ups to dj tuggle who was pulling out the perfect dance songs and the most inappropriate wedding songs and seamlessly interchanging and commingling the tunes. When the father of the bride came out for the father-daughter dance, dj tuggle slipped into Pony by Ginuwine. Dj tuggle was the late night start of the show and it's really not your ordinary show.
I went to see a musical last night and sat in a chair for 110 minutes thinking about how my only interaction with the show was going to be clapping and maybe a wily hoot near the end.
At The Wedding Show, we had nearly the whole audience out on the dance floor. (see figure A below)
This is improv. We're making character choices. And those are reflected in the music choices.
And one of those choices is "2 Become 1" by the Spice Girls. Another choice is "Memories" from the musical Cats.
I think there is a line between the real world and the theatre wedding world that we're wavering on it's either too much or not quite enough. I'm thinking about the first dance into the dinner.
The couple are sitting in a circle with all of their friends and then they stand, ready for their first dance together. The MC announces "Mrs and Mrs _____ " and then the music begins. The song is an awkward mix of two songs that they both chose separately and then asked a DJ to mix and surprise them! So the dance starts with "Power of Two" by the Indigo Girls and then it mashes into "Call me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsem, It's gross, it's painful, it's perfect and artful...
So is it too much, or not quite enough???