“Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” will throw its last chicken dance on Sept. 21 at Bally’s, putting at least a pause on the interactive comedy that has played in various Las Vegas venues since 2002.
For the past three years, the show has been produced by Ken Walker, who also runs the Windows Showroom at Bally’s on a lease from Caesars Entertainment.
But with a cast of 18 and four crew members, “It’s just an expensive show, a big payroll,” Walker said Tuesday, after informing the cast of the closing.
The comedy is also one of the few in town to incorporate dinner as part of the show, and its start time had moved to 5 p.m. to make room for Wayne Newton as a roommate in the venue.
Walker said a contract is pending for a new 5 p.m. show, the doo-wop tribute show band The Bronx Wanderers, which locals know from repeat engagements at the South Point. A Sept. 26 start date is pending.
When Newton comes back from a summer break next month, he will perform his show-business memoir three nights a week, Mondays through Wednesdays. On other nights, his 7:30 p.m. time slot will go to a Motown tribute, “Solid Gold Soul,” starting Sept. 29.
Longtime local TV personality Tony Sacca also will perform an afternoon show at 2 p.m. starting Sept. 23.
Those who will miss throwing down with the boisterous Italian-American wedding can take hope. The show’s rights now revert to its original producer, New York-based Joe Corcoran, who says he has interest from two properties on the Strip.
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