The interactive comedy production Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding has been running downtown for 14 years and at the end of May the Vitale and Nunzio family will be joined in holy and hilarious matrimony for the last time.
“Tony and Tina’s Wedding is a Vancouver institution,” said publicist and theatre blogger Rebecca Coleman for my E!Online article last fall. “If you are an actor in Vancouver, you have been through TnT at some point. It’s a great training ground – every night is a different show, because every night is a different audience. It hones your improv skills like nothing else.”
It is the longest running production in Vancouver history and since it all comes to an end in in just a few short weeks I gladly sent off my RSVP when I received my invitation. On Friday I grabbed a date (the lovely Keira-Anne), got all gussied up for an evening wedding, and headed straight to St Andrew’s Wesley Church for the nuptials. After the church service, the entire wedding procession walked over to the reception while the bride got several honks and congratulatory cheers while parading down Burrard and Georgia streets.
Dinner at The Other Space (adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre) is where the real fun began. As this is a fully interactive and participatory show, you will eat, drink, and be very merry while mingling and chuckling with the eclectic cast. Jokes were cracked, bottles were chugged, and my oh my was there a lot of Madonna on the dance floor. It’s a great big Italian celebration and like most other family gatherings, it’s not a stranger drama and plot twists on many levels.
We’re already planning our return to the guest list as it truly makes me sad to realize the production has been around for so long and I’ve never experienced it until now. The Champagne stops flowing at the end of May so I would encourage everyone to get their ticket (or get a group together) for an upcoming performance. Quote promo code TNT loves World Theatre Day when booking up until March 31st and receive 15% off.
World Theatre Day
I briefly noted World Theatre Day in my last link fest and there’s a special Tony n’ Tina tie-in. On March 25th they will have an open rehearsal from 6:00pm – 8:00pm followed by a special World Theatre Day event at The Other Space until midnight. Some cast members will also be participating in the annual pay what you can event March 29th at Performance Works on Granville Island.