It’s a Big Gay Weekend in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 p.m. at Ovation Hall at the Ocean Resort and Casino, when “My Big Gay Italian Wedding” marks its nineteenth year with a special performance by only one night for pride month. The cast will kick off the weekend by joining three-time Daytime Emmy winner, writer and star, Anthony Wilkinson for a special Ocean Pride Happy Hour at Ocean Casino’s Nola’s Bar and Lounge on June 17 at 8 p.m.
Anthony Pinnunziato, a gay Italian-American from a large, chaotic family, wants to marry boyfriend Andrew Polinski in a traditional Italian ceremony. Anthony’s overbearing mother won’t give her blessing unless Andrew’s estranged mother also blesses her and the ceremony is performed by a priest. Things are further complicated by Andrew’s ex-boyfriend, who intends to break up the couple. My Big Gay Italian Wedding satirizes the controversy surrounding same-sex marriage while drawing inspiration from larger-than-life gay and Italian characters.
My Big Gay Italian Wedding is a play written by Anthony J. Wilkinson which was created off broadway in 2003, at the Actor’s Playhouse in New York and in May 2010 at the St. Luke’s Theater on West 46th Street, Manhattan for an open-ended run that ended in August 2015. The show originated in 2003 as a non-union Off-Broadway show and in 2010 became a full union production, extending fourteen times in the same place. During the run, the show hosted major celebrities in an effort to help raise funds and awareness marital equality and the Project Trevor. In 2010, the show was published by Samuel French for licensing purposes. Besides New York, the show has already played in more than thirty cities in the United States. Internationally, the show aired in Edinburgh, London, Ireland, Sydney, Hong Kong, Australia, parts of Canada and parts of France. An Italian film based on the play, titled Puoi baciare lo sposo (You may kiss the groom), premiered in Italy on March 1, 2018.
The cast of My Big Gay Italian Wedding includes Anthony J. Wilkinson (Antoine), Brandon Goin (Andrew), Marianne Felice (Angela), Alexa Harris (Maria), Vince Valentine (Joseph/Father Rosalia), Debra Toscano (Aunt ToniAnn), Kim Pirrella (Lucia), Clint Hromsco (Maurizio), Geri Rosetti (Connie), Marta (Nun/Wedding Guest), Anthony Pampalone (Mario), Nick Barbati (Gregorio), Vincent Leggett (Rodney) and special guest Steven J. Ebner (VP of Player Development) will officiate the wedding.
The Ocean Resort and Casino is located at 500 Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Tickets are now available and can be purchased by visiting Ticketmaster.com