Tony-Winning Vanya and Sonia Producer Hugh Hysell Joins Cast of Off-Broadway's My Big Gay Italian Wedding Aug. 31 | Playbill

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News Tony-Winning Vanya and Sonia Producer Hugh Hysell Joins Cast of Off-Broadway's My Big Gay Italian Wedding Aug. 31 Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Hugh Hysell (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Peter and the Starcatcher) returns to his roots as an actor when he joins the cast of Off-Broadway's My Big Gay Italian Wedding and its sequel, My Big Gay Italian Funeral, at the St Luke’s Theatre.

Hugh Hysell
Hugh Hysell

Beginning Aug. 31, Hysell steps into the role of wedding coordinator extraordinaire Maurizio Le Grande for 12 weeks. The role was originated by Brett Douglas, who played his final performance Aug. 25. (Hysell plays his first performance in Wedding Aug. 31 and his first performance in Funeral Sept. 1.)

Hysell's touring credits include The Phantom of the Opera, Pippin, Pirates of Penzance, The Fantasticks and A Christmas Carol. His New York credits include The All-Male Importance of Being Earnest, Young Abe Lincoln, Babes in Toyland and From Sea to Shining Sea. He also has several producing projects in the works, including upcoming Broadway and Off-Broadway shows (both original and revivals) as well as a theatrical real estate project to be announced later this fall.

Presented by Bianco Productions, both productions are directed by Emmy winner Sonia Blangiardo and star its creator, Anthony J. Wilkinson, who originated the role of Anthony Pinnunziato back in November 2003.

The cast of Wedding and Funeral also includes Wilkinson as Anthony, Donna Castellano as Angela, Marissa Perry as Maria, Debra Toscano as Toniann, Liz Gerecitano as Lucia, Meagan Robar as Connie, Erik Ransom as Rodney (Wedding) and Vidal (Funeral), Chad Kessler as Father Rosalia (Wedding) and Rabbi Horowitz (Funeral), Brandon Goins as Andrew (Wedding) and Ezio (Funeral), Joe Scanio as Joseph (Wedding), Drew Little as Mario (Wedding), Nick Varrichio as Frankie (Wedding), Paul Moon as Gregorio (Wedding), Brian Patrick Murphy as Peter (Funeral), Mustafa Gatollari as Dominick (Funeral), Beth Dzuricky as Ondine (Funeral), with ensemble members Jody Lyn Flynn, Marie Fontaine and Jonathan Wiener.

My Big Gay Italian Wedding plays every Saturday at 8 PM, and My Big Gay Italian Funeral plays every Sunday at 7 PM. St. Luke's Theatre is located at 308 West 46th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). For tickets call (212) 239-6200 or visit

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