"One Life to Live" Star Ilene Kristen Will Play Limited Run in My Big Gay Italian Wedding

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18 Jan 2011

Ilene Kristen
Ilene Kristen

Stage and screen star Ilene Kristen, best known for her roles on "One Life to Live" and "Ryan's Hope," will join the cast of Off-Broadway's My Big Gay Italian Wedding Feb. 3 at the St. Luke's Theatre.

Kristen will fill the role of Aunt Toniann, currently played by Carla-Marie Mercun, through March 12.

The cast currently features Anthony J. Wilkinson, Gregg Baker, Eric Carpenter, Brett Douglas, Liz Gerecitano, Leah Gerstel, Randi Kaplan, Chad Kessler, Mercun, Marissa Perry, Meagan Robar, Joe Scanio, Adam Shorsten, Billy Yoder and Adam Zelasko. Teresa A. Cicala directs.

My Big Gay Italian Wedding, according to press notes, 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."

The production also features choreography by J. Austin Eyer, scenic design by Rob Santeramo, costume design by Philip Heckman, lighting design by Graham Kindred, choreography by J. Austin Eyer and original music and lyrics by David James Boyd.

A native New Yorker, Kristen made her Broadway debut as a dancer in Henry, Sweet Henry. She originated the role of Patty Simcox in Grease and portrayed the infamous Leona Helmsley in Mayor.

St. Luke's Theatre is located at 308 West 46th Street. Tickets are $69.50, including $1.50 restoration fee, and are available through Telecharge.com or by phone at (212) 239-6200.

For more information visit www.BigGayItalianWedding.com.