Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding
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Second City
56 Blue Jays Way
Toronto, Ontario

(416) 872-1212

The singles scene is about to lose two of the most sought after spousal candidates, as Tony and Tina get ready to tie the knot at Vinnie Black’s Chapel of Love in what’s become Toronto’s favourite dinner theatre experience.

Brimming with surprises galore, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is an interactive and boisterous matrimonial experience that walks a fine line between The Godfather and Mary Tyler Moore.

In a departure from’s traditional “20 Questions With…” folly packed with intriguing responses from actors, this time around the magazine lets the characters do the talking.

The irresistible Tony and his vibrantly beautiful bride-to-be Tina score top points for compatibility and seemingly possess all the qualities needed for a lifetime of wedded bliss.

What was your nickname in high school?
Tina: Princess, of course. They just started calling me Princess because I act like one or look like one. I’m flattered because I loved Princess Diana.
Tony: Some call me Ton—which is short for Tony. Others call me Buddy.

Growing up, what posters did you have on your bedroom wall?
Tony: I had Paccino. I also had Goodfellas. Any DeNiro film. A lot of the Rat Pack on my wall.
Tina: Of course, I had Madonna, like every other girl. I put up a lot of the Cosmo cover girls because they were really inspirational to me. I also had this collage of diamond ring ads that way when I was going to get married I would already know what ring I wanted.

Were your parents strict?
Tony: My mother died when she was four. My father runs a strip club so he wasn’t around much. Mostly I’d see my grandmother, she lives behind us in a trailer in the backyard. My dad is the enforcer; he drinks a lot.
Tina: My mother was very bullheaded but don’t tell her I told you that. My father, in front of my mother, would pretend to enforce things but then he would really let me get away with almost everything.

What was your first concert?
Tina: The first concert I ever attended was Madonna’s Blonde Ambition tour. I went with all my girlfriends and my brother Joey because he had to come to.
Tony: I actually saw Donny Dolce way back when he was first starting. He was pretty good on College Street.
Tina: He’s going to be singing at our wedding.

What was the first job you've ever had?
Tony: Working at my dad’s strip club. I was real young just bussing and hanging out.
Tina: My first job is the job that I have now. I’m a certified nail technician at the massage salon.

Who was the first person you were sexually attracted to?
Tony: There was a girl in the club, her name was April. I was young. I never had a mother around so she was sort of a mother figure in a weird way.
Tina: Obviously it was Tony! Because Tony is so good looking.

How old were you when you had your first kiss and what do you remember about it?
Tina: My first kiss was in the 5th grade—we were playing truth or dare. I had to kiss this guy Carlos for fifteen seconds. It was o.k. because he wasn’t butt ugly or anything.
Tony: It was some girl from the neighbourhood, I don’t remember her name. We were behind some convenience store and she slipped me the tongue.

What do you remember about the first time getting drunk?
Tony: My dad forced me to smoke a pack of cigarettes. I threw up a lot the next day. I have never smoked cigarettes since.
Tina: The first time I got drunk was over at my best friend Connie’s house. She stole a vodka or gin from her mother. We drank the whole thing together in her bedroom and then I puked all over her bathroom. She told her mom I had the flu so that was o.k.

What is the hardest thing about being a woman/man?
Tina: The hardest thing is having to take care of yourself. You have to do your nails, you have to pluck your eyebrows, and you have to shave your legs. It takes a lot of work—sometimes it’s a full time job.
Tony: The hardest thing about being a man is understanding women. I don’t know if we’re both made to completely understand each other but…chicks, man! They’re hard to understand sometimes.

What did you want to be growing up?
Tony: A quarterback. Like Dan Marino and Joe Montana.
Tina: I wanted to be married.

Who were your childhood heroes?
Tony: I liked George Chuvalo a lot. Because he’s a Canadian boxer and he fought Muhammad Ali at Maple Leaf Gardens. He should have won but he didn’t.
Tina: My dad. He was everything I thought a person should be. He was responsible and charming and kind. And I really miss him. When did you realize that you'd grown up?
Tony: The first time I had my heart broken. It was probably being my mother passing away. I had to; I didn’t have much of a choice.
Tina: I realized it in the 5th grade when I came to school the first day and all the guys noticed me. I just remember how it made me feel and I though ‘oh my God! I’m a woman.’

What did you believe in at 18 that you wish that you'd believe in now?
Tina: I believed that I could change people and that my x-boyfriend would get off drugs.
Tony: At 18, I thought I was immortal. Now I realize there is responsibility and bills to pay. And a wife, which is important.

What is the best advice your parents ever give you?
Tony: My grandmother use to tell me ‘Happiness is a journey, not a destination. Live for today because there’ll never be another one like it.’ And my dad always says ‘Tony, take a good look at her mother, kid. Because that’s what she’s going to look like in 10 or 20 years.’
Tina: And my mother’s beautiful! My mother once told me ‘Know what you want, know how to get it, and look good getting it.’

What have you done that you will never do again?
Tina: When Tony and I first started going out, football season came around and I watched every single game. Because I wanted to be able to talk about it with him and I swear to God it was the most boring thing of my life and I will never do that again.
Tony: My good friend Barry and I got in a bit of trouble once and I just never wanted to do anything like that again.

What is the best lie you ever told? Tony: The best lie I ever told—and still being told—is telling my grandmother that her dog is still alive. And he’s dead. He’s been dead for years and years.
Tina: I don’t really lie. A couple time I had to improvise and tell little white lies. My cousin Terry slept with Tony’s friend Dominic who is also the guy who is going out with one of my best friends, Donna. My mother wanted to know what was going on because she came home one night and the next day she moved to a convent. I had to lie to my mother and say I didn’t know why.

What is the scariest thing that ever happened to you?
Tina: The night that my dad died. It was Christmas Eve and Joey was supposed to be shoveling the snow. My mother was complaining all night. So my father went out and did it and he died. My brother was at some gay club dancing.
Tony: We had a big fight with some of the girls at the strip club. We had a main act to go on and they got into a big fight in the back. We didn’t think we were going to have an act. My dad was drunk and we were trying to get them all settled down.

If somebody made a movie about your life, whom would you want to play you?
Tony: John Travolta from Saturday Night Fever. Even as a kid it was one of my favourite movies. Maybe Al Paccino.
Tina: Hale Berry. Because she one Best Actress this year so I think she would do a really good job.

Looking their best for the guests, Tony and Tina's Wedding is an outrageously funny dinner theatre experience guaranteed to make you check over your invite list twice when planning your own wedding.

A first generation Italian, actor Riva DiPaola has only atteneded one wedding in her life.

Life imitating art, actor Steven Boyle recently attended a wedding where he had to break up a fight.

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