March 22, 2013
Off-Broadway Smash Hit Coming to the LMC Mendel Center
BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – One of the longest running shows in Off-Broadway history is coming to the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center. Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding will be at the Mendel Center for an eight-performance special engagement April 18 through 21, and April 25 through 28. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.
Tony n’ Tina’s engages audiences through the common threads all people share. The audience will enjoy an array of embarrassing, bumbling, and colorful guests everyone can relate to while watching the union of these distinct and forever funny families.
As a departure from traditional Mendel Center Mainstage offerings, the show will take place in the Grand Upton Hall and the audience will be part of the action. Audience members will eat, drink, dance, converse, and get caught up in the festivities of this all-inclusive, interactive matrimonial experience.
“The show will be set up like any wedding we host in the Grand Upton Hall. The audience members will play the part of the guests as they attend the wedding ceremony, enjoy a traditional Italian dinner and wedding cake, and raise a glass during a champagne toast to the happy couple,” stated Laura Kraklau, LMC executive director, marketing & communications. “Instead of just watching the show, everyone will be a part of it.”
Another fun twist is that 20 local actors are being cast to play supporting roles in the production. LMC Mainstage Operations Manager Mike Nadolski has been working with the show’s producers to bring the local cast together.
“This is a great opportunity for local talent to work alongside professional Off-Broadway actors,” Nadolski stated. “They will gain a professional acting credit to add to their resume, and have the improvisational acting experience of a lifetime performing in front of friends and family.”
A complete list of the local supporting cast members will be announced closer to the show date.
Tickets for Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding are available by calling the LMC Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-1221 or visiting www.lmcmainstage.org. Due to the special nature of this engagement, standard Mendel Center Mainstage discounts do not apply.
AudioBahn Productions, The Boulevard Inn, and 98.3 The Coast are sponsoring the LMC Mendel Center presentation of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding.
The Lake Michigan College Mendel Center is located 30-minutes from Niles and 40-minutes from Kalamazoo and South Bend on the Lake Michigan College Napier Avenue Campus in Benton Township, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24).
The Mendel Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and one hour before show time. Tickets can be purchased in person, by phone at (269) 927-1221, or online at www.lmcmainstage.org.