‘Sopranos’ convention coming to The Meadowlands in November
HBO's The Sopranos celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, and with the prequel movie in post-production, interest in the mob drama is arguably at its highest since going off the air in 2007. So timing seems right for SopranosCon, a two-day convention which will happen November 23 & 24 at Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, NJ. Officially, it's a "Sopranos-themed, street fair inspired, interactive fan experience celebrating Italian culture in New Jersey through collaborations with cast, crew, celebrities, and most importantly, the fans."
They've gathered a lot of the cast to appear, including Tony Sirico (Paulie Walnuts), Vincent Pastore (Big Pussy), Vincent Curatola (Johnny Sack), Federico Castelluccio (Furio), David Proval (Richie Aprile), Ray Abruzzo (Little Carmine), and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
Speaking of Meadowlands, the Rolling Stones just finished up a two night stand at Metlife Stadium, a visit by Mick Jagger to the Tick Tock Diner in Clifton, NJ included. “We went to the Tick Tock Diner for a Taylor ham, egg, and cheese with disco fries and a sloppy joe to go!” Mick told the Metlife crowd on Night 1.
As for the Sopranos prequel movie, it's called The Many Saints of Newark and takes a look at the formative years of a young Tony Soprano who is played by Michael Gandolfini, son of the late series star James Gandolfini. Sopranos creator David Chase wrote the screenplay with series writer Lawrence Connor, and it's directed by Alan Taylor who directed nine episodes of the series. It's due out in 2020.