May 10, 2018
The Golden Nugget Atlantic City is holding an open call Friday for the first time to cast a variety of “over the top characters” in a new musical that will premiere this summer.
From 1 to 8 p.m. in the Newport Room at the Nugget the creator and star of the show, Anthony Wilkinson, will host auditions for “My Big Gay Italian Christmas,” which he says holds a mirror to his personal life and family.
The show is set to premiere at the Golden Nugget for a Christmas-in-July weekend on July 28 after previews last December were well received by critics.
This is how Wilkinson describes it: "A bisexual love triangle, political conversations gone spoiled, a variety of over the top characters, and the snow storm of the century, are just a few ingredients of this Big Gay Italian Christmas lasagna.”
The open call is the first scouting event of its kind for the Golden Nugget. Wilkinson is hoping to recruit a large portion of the cast, save for fan favorites like his mother Debra Toscano and even Kim Pirrella, the sister to Melissa Gorga, a real-life Real Housewife of New Jersey — which, in my opinion, is the perfect over-the-top touch the show needed.
The fourth installment is a follow-up to Wilkinson’s original trilogy of shows — My Big Gay Italian Wedding, My Big Gay Italian Funeral and My Big Gay Italian Midlife Crisis.
Here’s a taste of the madness if you are considering joining an off-broadway hit that has kicked up a decent amount of press over the years.
Wilkinson is a three-time Emmy award winner for his work on the soap "One Life to Live."