Ben Ofoedu, Vanessa Feltz’s ex, in new theater show in London
The high-profile celebrity couple announced their engagement in late 2006, but they never tied the knot. 17 years later, Feltz revealed her devastation over Ofoedu’s infidelity and announced that the couple had split earlier this month. Her ex-boyfriend is best known as one of the original members of the 1990s dance troupe Phats & Small, but has just been revealed as the new star of a show coming to London from Broadway and made into a movie with Mila Kunis and a presenter. of Hollywood faces.
Ofoedu has no previous live theater experience but has performed all over the UK, first with the band Benz in 1993 and then as a guest and then briefly as lead singer of Phats & Small since 1999. Solo projects and work with numerous bands followed, but this new show is a complete departure for the artist.
A source said: “Ben has just been cast in a leading role in impresario Paul Gregg’s new play Tony n ‘Tina’s Wedding. He will be playing the role of event host Vinnie Black. He is going into rehearsals next week… He represents a fresh start for Ben.”
Producer Paul Gregg said: “We are delighted to host the truly fantastic Tony n’ Tina wedding at ArcelorMittal Orbit starting in Spring 2023. Join us for an evening of celebration that includes a three-course Italian wedding dinner, which is enjoyed while the show unfolds around you!”
Gregg previously launched The Lion King in London, but this latest show has traditionally played in unconventional settings since its 1988 debut at Carmelita’s, an off-Broadway reception room.
The show was a collaborative effort between thirteen working actors, who share writing credits and formed the original cast.
The play was loosely adapted into a film that was released in 2004 but was not released for another three years. Despite starring Mila Kunis, Entourage star Adrian Grenier, and Winter Soldier Marvel actor Sebastian Stan, it was very poorly received.
One reviewer criticized it as a “relentlessly unfunny detonation” of the original work. However, the staged version has been performed consistently around the world, including a 14-year run in Vancouver.
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