My Big Fat Greek Wedding began as a solo performance at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Los Angeles in 1997, with Vardalos serving as both the writer and the performer. Vardalos later joked about writing the play only for better opportunities. The play has its roots in her own family’ background and in her experience marrying her American co-actor Ian Gomez. The play found fame throughout its course because of Vardalos’ marketing strategy. The success of the play paved the way for it to gain attention in the Hollywood industry. Various Hollywood executives expressed interest in adapting the play for a film version. Vardalos penned the screenplay, but the executives insisted on making revisions as they wanted the film to make a significant impact on the market. Vardalos, however, resisted their request. Playtone later contacted Vardalos about producing the film based on how she envisioned it to be. My Big Fat Greek Wedding was initially released in the U.S. in April 2002 through a limited release. In August of that same year, the film received a wider release worldwide. It was a big hit. Since its limited release, the film had a robust commercial performance. It garnered a total of $368 million against a production budget of $5 million, clutching the spot as the highest-grossing romantic comedy films of all time.
about the movie
Directed by Joel Zwick from a screenplay penned by Nia Vardalos. Vardalos also stars as one of the lead cast with John Corbett. The two are joined by Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine, Andrea Martine, Louis Mandylor, Gia Carides, Gerry Mendicino, Joey Fatone, Bess Meisler, Stavroula Logothettis, Ian Gomez, Bruce Gray, Fiona Reid, Jayne Eastwood, and Arielle Sugarman.