–Popular dinner theatre production returns with show tickets, overnight accommodations, dinner buffet and more —

Connecticut’s only waterfront private sandy beach resort announce the return of the hit comedy production Joey & Maria’s Comedy Italian wedding, Saturday, January 23, 2009. The resort will once again offer an all-inclusive package that includes accommodations for two (1 night), dinner buffet and entrance to comedy show at just $229.00 per couple. For guests desiring to attend only the show, tickets are $49.00 per person and include dinner buffet.

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Joey and Maria’s Comedy Italian Wedding is an interactive dinner theatre presentation and the longest-running presentation of its kind in the United States. The show is produced by Dillstar Productions of Rancho Cucamonga, California. Joey & Maria’s Comedy Italian wedding was written by the husband-and-wife team of Milt and Darlyne Franklin.

Audience members are active participants in the wedding nuptials and subsequent reception, which take place in a restaurant in Boston‘s North End owned by the bride’s cousin and the play’s master of ceremonies, Carmine Cannoli. The wedding, performed by "St. Anthony’s" parish priest Pastor Fazool, brings together the families of two young lovers, Joseph Anthony Gnocchi and Maria Angelina Cavatelli. The characters are all, in fact, named after Italian dishes. Chaos ensues during the ceremony with the unexpected arrival of Joey’s provocatively dressed ex-girlfriend, Viola Vermicelli. This is just one of many comedic scene stealers throughout the production.

After the couple is joined, the cast leaves the room and are reintroduced one at a time. During the toast, dinner is being served to the guests (audience members). Upon its completion, the cast moves about the tables, chatting and flirting with the guests. After dinner, the party itself commences with traditional Italian-American flourishes such as a sing-along and a tarantella. Very few parts of Joey and Maria’s Comedy Italian Wedding are scripted, with the momentum of the play maintained by ad-libbed slapstick humor.

The show will run for one night only. Cocktail hour begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. with cash bar. The show will begin at 7:00 p.m. and followed by dinner buffet featuring hors d’oeuvres, dessert, entrée and cash bar.

Joey Maria’s Comedy Italian Wedding – $229 per couple

  • Accommodations – standard guestroom (one night for two)
  • Dinner buffet for two
  • Two tickets to comedy show
  • Complimentary access to resort amenities – pools and sandy beach

The resort and spa rests at the bank of the Long Island Sound in the quaint town of Westbrook, Connecticut, just two hours from New York City. Water’s Edge Resort & Spa is comprised of 170 guestrooms and suites, three restaurants including the award-winning Restaurant at Water’s Edge, 12 spacious meeting and function rooms, outdoor garden terraces, full-service spa with ten treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor pool and onsite retail shopping outlets: Salon Massimo, Southern Exposure, Azul Fine Clothing, Simply Pearls, Bel Fiore, and Michele A Bridal Boutique.

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For information or to make reservations contact Water’s Edge Resort & Spa at 1-800-222-5901, 860-399-5901 or visit us at http://www.watersedgeresortandspa.com. Package is based upon availability, exclusive of tax and service charges and subject to change.

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Built in 1946 by entertainment impresario, Bill Hahn, Water’s Edge Resort is located in Westbrook, Connecticut just two hours from New York and Boston, Water’s Edge Resort & Spa is Connecticut’s only waterfront private beach resort. It is owned by entrepreneur and local resident Michael Dattilo, who purchased the resort in 1981 painstakingly restoring it to its original stately New England structure and expanding the property to 170 guestrooms, suites, two-bedroom lofts, one-bedroom garden villas and summer cottages. Sixty-eight of the resort’s garden villas and summer cottages are members of the RCI vacation property exchange with the resort designated as a Silver Crown Resort by the global leader in vacation properties. Water’s Edge Resort & Spa is set on 25-acres of manicured lawns that front a private white sand beach, features three restaurants including one award-winning restaurant, lounges, full-service spa with ten treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, twelve meeting and social function rooms, onsite full service audio-visual, onsite meeting planners, wireless high-speed Internet service, walking distance to high-end outlets and a host of complimentary water sports. The resort and spa is open year round. Visit the website at