The musical opened on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on April 27, 2006 and closed on December 31, 2006 after 284 performances. It was directed by John Rando, with choreography by Rob Ashford, and featured Stephen Lynch as Robbie.
A US tour began on August 31, 2007, lasting through June 2008.
A Swedish production opened in Karlstad on September 1, 2007. El Rey de Bodas, the Spanish-language version, which translates into "The King of Weddings", opened in Madrid in October 2007. A UK tour opened at the Manchester Palace Theatre in February 2008 starring Jonathan Wilkes and Natalie Casey, and toured the UK through July 2008.The Japanese version opened in Tokyo at the Nissay Theatre on February 6, 2008, and other foreign productions are scheduled for Finland, Germany, Australia, and South Korea. The South Australian premiere opened on July 9, 2008 at the Arts Theatre, Adelaide, presented by Matt Byrne Media.  The Queensland, Australia, premiere opened February 13, 2009 (after Previews) at the Spotlight Theatre, Gold Coast. Directed by Priscilla Scott, the show stars Marc Lister and Kirby Lunn, with Stewart Reeve, Steven Dorrington and Shirley King. The four week season closed March 14, 2009.
The 2nd National tour opened on September 28th, 2009 in Fayetteville, Arkansas at the Walton Arts Center where it was also teched. It will continue until March 28th, 2010 having traveled all over the US and Canada. This production was Produced by Prather Entertainment Group; and directed by Seth Reines, with choreography by Amy McCleary.
Differences from the film
The musical largely follows the same storyline as the 1998 film of the same title which starred Adam Sandler opposite Drew Barrymore. However, some plot and character elements were indeed altered. For instance:
In the movie, Linda doesn't show up to the wedding. She later visits Robbie on his doorstep and dumps him. In the musical she does show up to the wedding and dumps him via letter (ghost appearance).
The older woman to whom the lead character Robbie Hart gives singing lessons, portrayed in the film by Ellen Albertini Dow, is changed into his own grandmother for the musical;
Robbie ruins the wedding before playing "Somebody Kill Me" in the movie.
Robbie's friend Sammy, portrayed by Allen Covert in the film, is a member of Robbie's band in the musical, while he was a limousine driver in the movie. His character's personality was also changed to give it more "white trash" elements as compared to the film version.
Julia's cousin Holly and Robbie's friend Sammy are shown to be broken up from a relationship, though they still love each other. In the movie, the two know each other but there is no mention of a relationship between the two until the end, where they lightly flirt.
When Robbie goes to the city to seek out gainful employment, in the musical he turns to Julia's fiancé Glen (his rival for her affections), rather than an unrelated bank as in the film.
In both versions, Julia, Glen, and Robbie board airplanes to Las Vegas. However, in the movie they are on the same plane and Robbie proposes to Julia on the plane, while in the musical they arrive in Las Vegas and Robbie only intercepts Julia just as she and Glen are about to be married.
It's Your Wedding Day - Robbie and Company
Someday - Julia and Company
A Note From Linda - Linda
Pop - Holly, Julia, Glen and Company #
Somebody Kill Me - Robbie
A Note From Grandma - Grandma Rosie
Casualty of Love - Robbie and Company
Come Out of the Dumpster - Julia and Robbie
Today You Are a Man - Sammy, George, and Robbie
George's Prayer - George
Not That Kind of Thing - Robbie, Julia, Clerk, and Company
Saturday Night in the City - Holly, Robbie, Julia, Glen and Company
All About the Green - Glen and Company
Someday (Reprise) - Julia
Right in Front of Your Eyes - Holly
Single - Sammy, George, Robbie and Company
If I Told You - Robbie and Julia
Let Me Come Home - Linda
If I Told You (Reprise) - Robbie
Move That Thang - Grandma Rosie, George and Company
Grow Old With You - Robbie and Julia
It's Your Wedding Day (Finale) - Robbie and Full Company
Note:The song "Pop" was removed for the US National tour because the set pieces for the song were too big.
Original Broadway cast
Stephen Lynch as Robbie Hart
Matthew Saldivar as Sammy
Kevin Cahoon as George
Laura Benanti as Julia Sullivan
Amy Spanger as Holly
Richard H. Blake as Glen Guglia
Rita Gardner as Rosie
Felicia Finley as Linda
Constantine Maroulis replaced Matthew Saldivar as Sammy September through December 2006. Saldivar then returned to close the show after Maroulis's departure.
Original UK cast
Jonathan Wilkes as Robbie Hart
Simon Lipkin as Sammy
Natalie Casey as Julia Sullivan
Nick Hayes as George
Jodie Jacobs as Holly
Stephen Webb as Glen
Tricia Deighton as Rosie
Camille Devine as Linda
Carys Gray as Angie
2009-2010 Tour Cast
J. Michael Zygo as Robbie Hart
Adam Clough as Sammy
Ben Martin as George
Jillian Zygo as Julia Sullivan
April Monte as Holly
Shain Fike as Glen Guglia
Ellen Karsten as Rosie
Jennifer Gottlieb as Linda
Awards and nominations
Best Musical (nominated)
Best Book of a Musical (nominated)
Best Original Score (nominated)
Best Actor in a Musical (Stephen Lynch, nominee)
Best Choreography (nominated)
Drama Desk Awards
Outstanding Musical (nominated)
Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Stephen Lynch, nominee)
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Amy Spanger, nominee)
Outstanding Choreography (nominated)
Outstanding Lyrics (nominated)
Outstanding Set Design of a Musical (nominated)
Outstanding Music (nominated)
Outstanding Costume Design (nominated)
Drama League Award
Distinguished Production of a Musical (nominated)
Distinguished Performance Award (Felicia Finley, nominee)
Distinguished Performance Award (Stephen Lynch, nominee)