Many theatergoers claim that life imitates art, which can be frustrating when they pause arguments for intermissions or direct drivers to turn "stage left" at stop signs. Learn to navigate the theatrical world with today's Groupon: for $45, you get one general-admission ticket to Tony n' Tina's Wedding at the V Theater, located inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino (up to a $99.98 value). Shows run Friday through Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (some Sundays are excluded; call the theater for specific dates).
Over its eight-year Vegas run, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding has satirized Italian-American nuptials for more than 315,000 audience members. Helmed by Larry Pellegrini, director of the original New York production, the show moves from a wedding ceremony to a reception populated by personalities including a pregnant bridesmaid, an inebriated priest, and a sentient wedding cake able to speak long-dead languages. Viewers don’t watch the proceedings passively; instead, they are invited to participate in a performance so interactive that actors and audience members are often indistinguishable, with everyone in attendance enjoying a full Italian dinner, wedding cake, and a traditional arm-wrestling match with the father of the bride.
<i>Tony n' Tina's Wedding</i>
When it premiered off-Broadway in 1988, Tony n' Tina’s Wedding quickly gathered a following for its unconventional send-up of the Italian-American wedding between the Nunzio and Vitale families. The interactive performance has since been lauded by almost every major publication. Covert performers are placed at the tables of seated audience members, with each guest having a one-of-a-kind theatergoing experience based on seating, interactivity, and promising to not dig their own plot holes. A robust Italian dinner and slices of decadent wedding cake precede a rush onto the theater’s sprawling dance floor, where toe-tapping tunes bridge the gap between the Nunzio and Vitale clans. Like jokes from a cigar-chomping uncle, the reception includes appearances from a pregnant bridesmaid, a stripper girlfriend, and a drunk priest, with all of them speeding the evening’s festivities to an unpredictable and sidesplitting finale.