Off-Broadway's long-running interactive comedy Tony n' Tina's Wedding will close May 18, following over 15 years of performances.
Tony n' Tina's Wedding, the popular production that includes the raucous Italian-American wedding of Anthony Nunzio and Tina Vitale followed by an even more raucous sit-down reception with meal, runs at St. Luke's Church (ceremony) and Vinnie Black's Coliseum at the Edison Hotel (reception) in downtown Manhattan.
Produced by Joe and Dan Corcoran, Tony n' Tina's Wedding was created by the improv comedy troupe Artificial Intelligence. The show spawned an interactive "environmental" phenomenon that has included numerous regional versions and similar family-milestone productions such as Grandma Sylvia's Funeral, Bernie's Bar Mitzvah and a gay copycat show, Tony n' Tony's Wedding.
After exchanging vows at St. John's Church in Greenwich Village for 10 years, Tony n' Tina's Wedding moved to St. Luke's and the Edison in August 1998.
The move to the 190-seat space afforded the popular interactive production 40 more seats each night. "The show books an enormous amount the theatre parties, but we've always had to cut them off at 150," a spokesman said at the time. "Forty extra seats six or seven times a week adds up." T&T currently plays in 10 other cities and has played in over 120 total cities and countries, including Seattle, Baltimore, Kansas City, Australia, Germany and Britain in the past 15 years.
Visit the show's website at www.tonylovestina.com.