By Michael Gioia
25 Sep 2012
Presented by Bianco Productions, the production will be helmed by Emmy Award-winning director Sonia Blangiardo ("One Life To Live, "As the World Turns") and will feature original music and lyrics by David James Boyd and original choreography by J. Austin Eyer. Tickets are on sale through Dec. 30.
Wilkinson and Daniel Robinson (Hairspray) will star as the respective grooms, Anthony Pinnunziato and Andrew Polinski, with recording artists Kim Sozzi ("Feel Your Love") and Judy Torres ("No Reason To Cry") alternating the role of Aunt Toniann.
My Big Gay Italian Wedding, according to press notes, "satirizes the controversy surrounding same-sex marriage while drawing on larger than life gay and Italian characters. Anthony Pinnunziato, a gay Italian-American from a large chaotic family, wants to marry his boyfriend Andrew Polinski in a traditional Italian ceremony. Anthony's overbearing mother won't give her blessing unless Andrew's estranged mother also gives her blessing and the ceremony is performed by a priest. Matters are further complicated by Andrew's ex-boyfriend, intent on breaking up the couple."
My Big Gay Italian Wedding will feature scenic design by Frank Gericitano.
The musical premiered at the Actor's Playhouse in November 2003. A revised and updated version played a benefit performance at the St. George Theatre in Staten Island in September 2009, and transferred to St. Luke's in May 2010 for a 16-month run.
My Big Gay Italian Wedding has played in El Paso, Omaha, Louisville and is scheduled to play five other major cities in 2013, including Los Angeles in January. Last spring, My Big Gay Italian Wedding played in Edinburgh, Scotland, during the Fringe Festival and in London for a six-week run. A U.K. tour began in France in May 2012, and the musical is scheduled to open in Hong Kong in October.