Matt May and Jennifer Sierra-Grobbelaar are the creative team behind “Diego & Drew’s Wedding,” an interactive show opening next week at the Broward Center. Submitted photo.
The way Matt May and Jennifer Sierra-Grobbelaar finish each other’s sentences, you’d think they were an old married couple.
“No, we’re more like Will and Grace,” chuckled May, who is a fixture in the South Florida theater community.
The two longtime friends are still headed to the altar—as the co-writers and producers of “Diego & Drew Say I Do,” a new show premiering in the Broward Center’s Abdo New River Room next week—and their show is definitely a love child.
“When we first started crafting the show, we spent so much time together, night after night after night, writing, writing, writing until it was done,” said Sierra-Grobbelaar. “Not only do we spend most of our free time together, (the show) has become a fabric of our being.”
The audience at the Broward Center will participate in the theatrical ceremony, dance the night away, sample a fusion Southern/Puerto Rican feast and taste the wedding cake, too.
While it may be easy to draw comparisons with other popular audience-participation shows like “Tony & Tina’s Wedding,” May and Sierra-Grobbelaar promise an unique experience for the audience.
“This is a departure,” she said. “There is a purpose to the story and we’re not just focusing on the negative aspects of families. It’s really about celebrating love.”
Celebrating love with two handsome grooms, their two eccentric families, an uptight wedding planner, an ex-boy band crooner and a diva in drag, all the essential components for a fabulous gay wedding.
The opportunity to partner with the Broward Center arose at a dinner last year with programming executive Jill Kratish. Over the past two seasons, the center has expanded offerings in the flexible Abdo New River Room space and developed a new audience base as a result.
Fort Lauderdale’s sizable LGBT community has long been supportive of the Broward Center and gay-themed programming does well there. May and Sierra-Grobbelaar also credit good timing.
“I’ve had this idea in my head for a while and three days later, the ideas started flowing and we said let’s give it crack,” recalled May. “We had the majority of the script completed when the Supreme Court came down with the marriage equality decision.”
The duo is feeling the pressure as the premiere approaches.
“I think it’s both exciting and scary. We’re not just the writers, but also a part of the producing team. We’re on the hook to make this successful and pay all the bills,” said Sierra-Grobbelaar, who coordinates marketing for Neil Goldberg’s Cirque Productions in Pompano Beach and was an associate producer of the Broward County centennial production, “We.”
“The Broward Center is a phenomenal facility with great people,” May added. “We’ve bounced lots of ideas by them and it’s been a collaborative effort across the board, which is comforting that we’re all in it together.”
They’re also thankful for their director, who Sierra-Grobelaar called, “the miracle that is John Manzelli.”
The producers are equally enthusiastic about their cast, including Mike Westrich, Jeffrey Bruce, Madelin Marchant, Merry Jo Cortada and Eric O'Keefe andBenjamin-Michael Joseph Antipuna in the title roles.
One thing is certain, there are no pre-nuptial agreements involved because this marriage is guaranteed to be a success.
“Diego & Drew Say I Do” will be presented in the Abdo New River Room of the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale, March 31 – April 10. Tickets start at $59.50 at BrowardCenter.org.