3645 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
Show Dates: Ongoing
Show Times: 7pm
Age Restriction: 5
Show Length: 2 hours
Starting at $49.99
Their quarreling families are also in attendance -- and seem to be a few cards short of a full deck. For example, the mother of the bride is a control freak who falls apart when she doesn't get her way, and the father of the groom is dating some hot, young dancer from a strip club.
So why would you want to go to a marriage celebration with people like this? Well, "Tony n' Tina's Wedding" will make you appreciate your own family, despite their shortcomings. And even though the Vitales and Nunzios are certifiably mad, they do know how to have a good time.
In fact, the fun begins the moment you arrive. As you check in and get your table assignment, members of the wedding party are out mingling with guests. The officiate, Father Mark, seems eternally lost -- geographically, that is. He can't figure out where he should stand. One of the unruly groomsmen is directing all the attractive ladies to sit at his table. And the pregnant maid of honor is at the bar pleading in vain for a drink, accompanied by a bridesmaid who has already downed a few drinks too many.
Tip: Be sure to stop by the bar yourself and order a cocktail -- you'll need it.
Before you know it, everyone is summoned to the reception hall, a venue that's dripping in romance. There are lots of twinkling lights, a giant angel mural over the stage and several large heart-shaped wreaths. The tables are even decked out with red linens and foam heart centerpieces -- reminiscent of Valentine's Day. Indeed, love is in the air.
After everyone is seated and the bridal party stops running amuck, the processional music begins. Down a makeshift aisle, enter Valentina "Tina" Vitale and Anthony "Tony" Nunzio Jr., two high-spirited Italian-American kids who make a very attractive pair. They are likable and down to earth, announcing they will be honeymooning in Mesquite, Nev.
Standing front and center, Father Mark welcomes everyone to "God's house," which gets a snicker -- being that it's really a casino in Las Vegas. His short sermon is followed by some corny readings and then the vows are taken. After Tony and Tina are pronounced husband and wife, there's a long, passionate kiss that's a bit uncomfortable to watch. One guest even yells, "Just get a room!"
At this point, the partying officially begins and, as Father Mark says, "Tonight we are all la famiglia!" Hosting duties are handed off to Donny Dulche, an over-the-top DJ in tight leather pants who may have been teleported from some past decade. Once he starts spinning the music, expect to be dragged to the dance floor. Both families love to boogie. Plus, the mother of the bride begins complaining loudly about the cost of the DJ and orders everyone to "get their asses up and dance."
Of course, one great thing about Italian weddings is the food. After a quick blessing, Father Mark decrees, "Mangia!" and dinner is served. This show includes a buffet-style Italian dinner. The menu options vary depending upon which ticket type you purchased.
As the evening wears on, you'll have the chance to do the "Chicken Dance," to limbo to "A Thing Called Love," to join a conga line during "Hot Hot Hot" and to wave your arms to the Village People's disco hit "YMCA." You'll also be able to take part in all the other traditional wedding accouterments -- the bouquet toss, the garter removal and the cutting of a yummy cake.
However, there are some raucous moments you might prefer to forget. Since most of the wedding party has been drinking heavily (including Father Mark!), things degenerate on the dance floor. Soon the men have no shirts on and fights are breaking out. You may need to make a quick exit before the chairs start flying.
"Tony n' Tina's Wedding" opened in New York City in 1988. In addition to Las Vegas, there are productions running in cities all around the world. Moreover, it's now the longest-running show in off-Broadway history. Instead of having a detailed script, the cast works from a general plot outline and has to rely on their improvisational skills. This makes the two-hour show different and unpredictable each evening.
Whether it's flirting or fighting, there's something happening in every corner of the room. A unique blend of a conventional wedding ceremony and interactive dinner theatre, "Tony n' Tina's Wedding" is guaranteed to fill you up with good food, fun and, perhaps, even love.