Liked Tina n' Tony's Wedding? You may wish to consider Aunt Chooch's Birthday. Written and director by Tony n' Tina director Larry Pellegrini, and presented by his newly formed New York-based theatre troupe Theatre Engage, Chooch began previews Apr. 23 at the Vegas room, which lies beneath Manhattan's Hotel Edison at 221 W. 46th Street. Opening night is May 11.
Chooch reunites Staten Island's Fontana family. What begins as an intimate dinner of 20 members of the immediate family becomes a gala for hundreds. Civilian guests may indulge in an Italian feast and dance to the musical stylings (Sinatra, Martin, Prima) of Louie Nanni and his Orchestra.
Included in the cast are Dana Lorge, Susan Varon, Kathleen Bergman, Maria Baratta, Susan Campanaro, Vincent Gerard, Steven Sanpietro, Michael Saia, Shira Kirsner, Benny Geraci, Robert R. Oliver, John Norman Thomas, and Christine Vanacore.
For information, call (212) 239-6200.
-- By Robert Simonson