Thursday, July 16-Sunday, July 26 –
The Wall Street Journal called the Broadway prouduction of My Big Gay Italian Wedding a “feel-good hysterical comedy.” The show, a comedy that satirizes the controversy surrounding same-sex marriage while depicting larger-than-life gay Italian-American characters, now arrives on a Tulsa stage, presented by American Theatre Company, directed by Kathryn Hartney and choreography by Ashlee Elmore. Characters and cast include Anthony Pinnunziato, played by ATC company member Mvnte July, and Andrew Polinski, played by ATC newcomer Brandon Roy. Anthony, a gay Italian-American with a large, charismatic family, wants to marry his boyfriend Andrew in a traditional Italian ceremony. Things get complicated when Anthony’s mother won’t give her blessings unless Andrew’s estranged mother will, and matters get even more worse when Andrew’s ex-boyfriend intends to split up the couple. The play premiered off-Broadway in 2003 at the Actor’s Playhouse in New York City. During the play’s run, celebrities raised funds and awareness for marriage equality and the Trevor Project. Now, My Big Gay Italian Wedding comes to Tulsa following the recent Supreme Court Marriage Equality ruling. Opening Thursday, July 16, the production will bring audiences to the ATC Studios stage through Sunday, July 26. For more information, visit www.americantheatrecompany.org.