Interactive theatre review: Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding at the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower
- Published on Saturday, 06 May 2023 11:16
- Last Updated on 07 May 2023
- Monica Costa
- 0 Comments
While Londoners and tourists were at the pub last night ahead of the King Charles’ coronation, I went to a wedding, to be precise to Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. Never heard of them? Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is a show that started the genre of ‘interactive theatre’ and has been enjoyed by millions around the world since the 1980s – from Las Vegas to Hawaii, on cruise ships and everywhere in-between.
The hit Broadway show is now in London at the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The immersive theatrical experience takes the format of an Italian American wedding, where the audience becomes guests for the evening and enjoys a sit-down dinner while following the lovebirds Tony and Tina on their chaotic wedding day. The actors mingle with the audience directly, making everyone feel like they are part of the wedding itself.
The show is being launched in the UK by veteran theatre impresario Paul Gregg, the man who originally brought The Lion King to the West End. He has teamed up with business partner Kern Judge to bring the show to London. The production has the blessing of US producers Raphael Berko and Jeff Gitlin from Las Vegas, along with Larry Pellegrini, who directed and wrote the original Broadway version of the show.
Guests – and I was one of them – felt immersed in an Italian atmosphere, complete with tossing the bouquets, cutting the cake, disco music, food (scarse), and of course, plenty of dancing. The team behind the classic comedy chose London as the perfect city for its debut in Europe, and the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower was selected due to the amazing panoramic views that it offers its guests. The show unfolds all around you like Mamma Mia the Party and Faulty Towers. The idea is based on the movie of the same name starring Mila Kunis.
Tickets for Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding are priced at £95 plus booking fee, and this price includes the show, three-course dinner (more like three little snacks – eat before attending!), and a complimentary glass of bubbly at arrival. Wine and water are free but spirits have to be paid for on. top. Previews are available for £50.00 before the official opening on 10th May 2023.
Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is a celebration night out for friends, couples, first dates, even families (if they can afford the price tag of £95 per head). It is the perfect opportunity for those who want to get dressed up, put on their dancing shoes, and enjoy being fully immersed in the chaos and fun of an Italian wedding day. Although as an authentic Italian, I’d say this is more a stereotypical New Yorker American Italian wedding as we have seen in films like Mickey Blue Eyes full of dramas and over the top personalities.
It’s worth mentioning a few talents to watch out in the near future.
Robert De Domenici, a British actor, born and raised in London known for playing intense leading character roles, was my favourite performer of the night. Maybe that’s due to his Italian origin, with family origins in Naples and Calabria, but also to the fact that he stayed in character throughout the evening and so focused on the dark side of his fictional self. He’s also a good dancer.
Ben Featherstone, British actor and singer who entertained us with his crooner role. He could easily become the next Elvis impersonator.
Brandon Burke, American London-based actor with a charming attitude, played the cheeky father of the groom in the show very well.
If you turn up before 5,30 pm, you can do ‘the slide’ down the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower (at no extra cost), which looks exciting especially for children and adrenaline-mad individuals.
Remember to eat a full dinner before the show, unless you want to do the slide.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums