CHICAGO— This June, one of Chicago’s longest-running smash-hit shows, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, will celebrate 25 years as one of the windy city’s most beloved theatrical institutions. To honor the occasion, Chicago’s favorite soon-to-be-married couple, Tony Nunzio and Tina Vitale, are welcoming back members of the original 1992 Chicago cast to the performance on Friday, June 16 at 8 p.m. Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding played an incredible 16 years during its original run in Chicago, and during that time entertained more than one million audience members of all ages. The new, retro/flashback version of the show opened in September of 2016 and is now in an open-ended run.
Original cast members appearing at the anniversary performance include Paul Stroili (Vinnie Black, and Director of the current production), Rose Dalesandro (Tina), Dan Montano (Barry Wheeler), David Viggiano (Joey), Johnny Dalesandro (Nunzio, Sr.), Peter Defaria (Michael Just), Sue McNulty (Aunt Rose), Marssie Mencotti (Josephine Vitale, and Grandma Nunzio in the current production), Desiree Irwin (Photographer’s Assistant/Swing), Liz Cohen (Band Member/Musical Director), and Maude Graham-Nieds (Stage Manager). Other cast members are expected, but are not able to confirm at this time.
“It’s back, and it’s a blast!” raves the Chicago Tribune. “A guaranteed good time” according to the Chicago Reader, this production of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is presented by the original New York and Chicago producers, Joe Corcoran and Lourdes Lonergan in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works.
Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is a hilariously interactive production that is guaranteed to make guests feel like they are truly friends and family of the bride and groom. The evening starts with the wedding at Resurrection Church, 3309 North Seminary Ave., and immediately following the ceremony, guests are invited to Vinnie Black’s Coliseum (Chicago Theater Works), 1113 W. Belmont Ave, for a flashback, high-energy 80’s reception.
The Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding current cast stars a mix of new and familiar faces, including Rory Zacher as “Anthony Angelo Nunzio Jr (Tony),” Concetta Rose as “Valentina Lynne Vitale (Tina),” Jack Gallagher as “Barry Wheeler,” Jessica Rzucidlo as “Connie Macogni,” Tony Jaksha as “Dominick Fabrizzi,” Robin M. Bousel as “Donna Marsala,” Serena Pomerantz as “Marina Gulino,” Andrew Mancini as “Joey Vitale,” Alisha Fabbi as “Sister Albert Maria aka Terry Vitale,” Tommy Taylor as “Tony Nunzio, Sr.,” Carrie Campana as “Madeline Monroe,” Billy Minshall as “Father Mark,” Jean Bonavita as “Michael Just,” Eustace Allen as “Sal Antonucci,” Brian Noonan as “Vinnie Black,” Micah Spayer as “Donny Dulce,” Jennifer Pompa as “Josephina Vitale,” Susan Gaspar as “Aunt Rose,” Laureen Siciliano as “Loretta Black,” Sipriano Cahue as “Mikey Black,” Hillary Jiminez as “Nikki Black,” and Frank Ondorf as “Jimmy Black. Rounding out the cast in a variety of swing roles are Mark D’Arienzo and Alexis Allotta.
Tickets range from $75-$79 for the two-part event, which includes the ceremony and reception, featuring an Italian-style buffet dinner and dancing to 80’s hits. Tickets for premium seating closest to the stage and dance floor are $85. Additionally for 2017, a new opportunity is available to sit in the VIP section with members of the family for $99 per ticket. Discounts are available for groups of 16 or more by visiting GroupTheaterTix.com or by calling 312.423.6612. Seating is limited so make your plans now. For more information or to purchase tickets visit http://tonylovestina.com/.