Many honeymooners spend their post-nuptial time on a cruise, so why not have the whole ceremony and reception at sea? Tony n' Tina's Wedding will do that as the production takes to the seas, courtesy of Atmospheric Productions, aboard the luxury party boat, the STAR, as it circles Manhattan, Saturdays, May 18-Sept. 21.
Departing from Pier 40 on the West Side Highway and Houston Street, the ship begins boarding will begin 30 minutes prior to "curtain" and the boat will leave port no later than 10 minutes after the show starts. Performances begin at 7PM and 10PM.
For those who don't take kindly to the roaring waves of the Hudson, the show will continue performances at its Off-Broadway home.
The popular interactive comedy that includes a raucous Italian-American wedding and an even more raucous sit-down reception with meal, is the second longest-running show in Off-Broadway history and the longest running comedy on or off Broadway, according to the show's spokespersons.
Nuptials for the ornately Italian pair are at St. Luke's Church at (308 W. 46th St.) with reception at Vinnie Black's Coliseum at the Edison Hotel (221 W. 46th St.), across from the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The show, a popular group sales seller, ran for 10 years in Greenwich Village before moving to the theatre district in midtown in August 1998. 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 — funerals, bar mitzvahs, etc.
For your boarding passes to the floating Tony n' Tina's Wedding, call (212) 352 3101 or visit www.tonylovestina.com. The current (land version) Tina is Kelly Cinnante and Tony is Scott Bielecky. For information on Tony n' Tina's Wedding call (212) 239-6200.
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, said the show's publicist at the time, David Rothenberg. "The show books an enormous amount the theatre parties, but we've always had to cut them off at 150. Forty extra seats six or seven times a week adds up."
T&T is currently on view in 12 other U.S. cities and has played in over 100 total cities and countries, including Seattle, Baltimore, Kansas City, Australia, Germany and Britain.
Not only popular (in summer 1998 there were 14 Tony N' Tina's Weddings playing around the country), T&T has also been influential, since its part scripted, part-improv, food-included and site specific techniques have been adopted by show's such as Grandma Sylvia's Funeral, Bernie's Bar Mitzvah and a gay copycat show, Tony n' Tony's Wedding, which played in Chicago for a few weeks simultaneously with the original.
— by Ernio Hernandez
and David Lefkowitz