A portion of ticket sales from the
upcoming off-Broadway production of My Big Gay Italian Wedding
will benefit gay marriage group Broadway
Wedding stars openly gay Reichen Lehmkuhl and opens May 5 at
St. Luke's Theater.
The play, which originally premiered in
2003, has been updated by playwright Anthony Wilkinson to reflect the
reality of legal gay marriage in 2010. Massachusetts was the first
U.S. state to legalize the institution in 2004. Since then, four
more states – Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa and New Hampshire – and
the District of Columbia have come on board.
“Planning a wedding can be hell,”
the play's description says, “or a a hell of a lot of fun!”
In Gay Wedding both happen to be
true as the grooms face an obstacle course – a jealous
ex-boyfriend, the wedding planner from hell and an overbearing
Italian mother – in making their way to the altar.
Hunky Lehmkuhl and former partner Chip
Arndt won CBS's Amazing Race in 2003. He also gained national
attention in 2006 dating singer Lance Bass.