The Sopranos Is Getting Its Own Fan Convention in New Jersey
While San Diego Comic-Con still rules the fandom roost, a number of more specialized conventions attract fans of specific properties. In early October, Chicago's Stranger Con will celebrate Netflix’s Stranger Things; later that month, Supernatural followers will gather in Toronto. And soon, viewers of HBO’s The Sopranos will be able to walk a con floor.
The inaugural SopranosCon to celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary is scheduled for November 23 and 24 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. Fans of the series, which ran from 1999 to 2007, will be able to meet and attend panels with cast members like Tony Sirico, who played Paulie Walnuts, and Federico Castelluccio, who portrayed Furio Giunta. Actors Vincent Pastore and David Proval will also be in attendance, as well as a number of supporting performers or guest stars. Only one of them may refuse to sign an autograph: Goldee, the horse who played Pie-O-My.
The convention’s organizers say the event will be “visually inspired” by The Feast of St. Elzéar, which is a street festival depicted in the sixth season episode, "The Ride." Trivia, fan art galleries, and related celebrations of local Italian culture will also be featured.
Tickets are priced from $50 for basic one-day admission to $750 for a VIP experience for two guests that includes an overnight hotel stay and an after-party trip to Satin Dolls, the strip club that stood in for the Bada Bing on the series. A $150 ticket includes a reception with cast members and a meet and greet.
There is no word on whether series creator David Chase might appear, but it's possible his schedule might not allow for it. Chase is currently working on The Many Saints of Newark, a feature film prequel to the show set in 1967 that will feature a young Tony Soprano played by Michael Gandolfini, son of the late James Gandolfini. That film is set for release in September 2020.
[h/t The A.V. Club]