What better place to celebrate a New York anniversary than Windows On The World, the famous Manhattan restaurant located at the 106th floor of the World Trade Center? And what better way to spend the wedding presents than to donate them to charity?
That's exactly what Tony N' Tina's Wedding will do on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, to celebrate the show's decade-long run in Greenwich Village. With a 7 PM cocktail reception followed by the actual nuptials, T&T will have acclaimed chefs creating a special Italian meal for the occasion. Best of all, proceeds from the $225 tickets will go to "God's Love, We Deliver," which provides nutritional support for people living with HIV and AIDS.
The third longest-running show in Off-Broadway history, T&T has since played in over 30 American cities -- including Seattle, Baltimore and Kansas City -- and such international sites as Australia, Germany and Britain. Following in the footsteps of Grease!, T&T has maintained audience interest by offering unusual guest appearances in lead rolls. New York Met Lee Mazzilli and U.S. Soccer Champ Tony Meola and NY's most decorated city cop, Robert Cea, have all played Tony.
Not only popular (there are 14 Tony N' Tina's Weddings currently 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 the original creators' new, gay sequel, Tony N' Tony's Wedding, which played in Chicago concurrently with the original. (This co-opting is only fair, since Tony N' Tina's own roots can be found in other shows, such as Tamara, a high-priced, site specific piece that guided audience members through the rooms of the New York Armory and fed them on catered dishes, and the plethora of murder-mystery dinner theatres at community and regional venues.)
Of Tony N' Tina's longevity, production spokesman David Gersten told Playbill On-Line, "Unlike other shows, they've been around ten years, and they haven't fired anyone yet." For tickets and information on the special gala performance, call (800) 445-8425. For tickets to regular performances of Tony N' Tina's Wedding, call (212) 279-4200.
--By David Lefkowitz