By Andrew Gans
27 Apr 2010
A portion of the proceeds of every ticket sold for Gay Italian Wedding will benefit Broadway Impact, the grassroots organization of the theatre community mobilizing in support of marriage equality.
When the original production of Gay Italian Wedding premiered in 2003, gay marriage was not a reality. In 2010, gay marriage is now legal in several countries (Belgium, Canada, Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and parts of Mexico) and states in the U.S. (Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont as well as the District of Columbia). Playwright Anthony Wilkinson has revised his comedy to bring it into this new era of hope and optimism for same-sex marriage.
"Amazing Race" winner Reichen Lehmkuhl will star in My Big Gay Italian Wedding, which is described as such: "Planning a wedding can be hell… or a hell of a lot of fun! Two handsome grooms, one overbearing Italian mother, a jealous ex-boyfriend, the wedding planner from Hell, and an assortment of kooky family and friends all gather together for Off-Broadway's newest laugh-out-loud comedy with a heart."