I recently attended the press night for My Big Gay Italian Wedding at Above the Stag in Victoria. Upon entering I was confronted by a colourful, loud party where I was instantly offered pizza and nachos – good so far right?
It got better from there! The show’s ad reads as follow –
‘Andrew and Anthony are getting married – and everyone wants to “help”!
…My Big Gay Italian Wedding spins into a hysterical fiasco as everyone tries to have their way. This music and dance-filled extravaganza has been playing to sold out houses in New York for 4 years and is showing no signs of finishing the reception early.
Two handsome grooms,
One overbearing Italian mother,
A jealous ex-boyfriend,
The wedding planner from hell,
…and an assortment of kooky family and friends…what could go wrong?’
The show was a ninety minute slice of camp joy in the West End. It’s the kind of show that doesn’t take itself too seriously, works well in such a tiny space and involves the audience at every opportunity.
Benjamin Vivien-Jones and Robert Hannouch were fantastic together as grooms to be Anthony and Andrew. Highlights for me were Ceris Hine as Anthony’s younger sister Maria, who gives an *ahem* beautiful version of Ave Maria at the Wedding and camp wedding planner Maurizio, played by Andrew Beckett, who at times completely stole the show. All in all there was not a weak link in this cast and not a dull moment in the show.
My Big Gay Italian Wedding runs at the Above the Stag Theatre until 19th November. Tickets are £15 HERE