Consider the odd case of Sebastian Maniscalco, the hottest entertainer of whom no one has ever heard. Well, certainly not no one, but in the days prior to my attending his Saturday night performance at Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa, a surprising number of friends and acquaintances—including some ostensibly show-biz savvy folks—all ask...

The Broadway production of the A Bronx Tale, directed by four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks and Oscar winner Robert De Niro, will end its Longacre Theatre run on August 5. The production features a book by Palminteri, music by Tony and Oscar winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and choreography by Sergio Trujillo. A Bronx Tale premiered in Feb...

Kairos Italy Theater e KIT Italia annunciano la nuova edizione di In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY 2019, il primo festival di teatro italiano a coinvolgere tutti i cinque distretti della città, realizzato in collaborazione con le principali Istituzioni culturali italiane e americane. E' aperta la selezione delle proposte per il programma che s...

The wedding’s off! “Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding,” the immersive comedy staged as a wedding ceremony and reception between two Italian-American families, will end its second Chicago run on July 25. While the show first landed in Chicago in 1992 to lukewarm critical reviews, it ran for 16 years, to more than 1 million viewers. After an eight-year hiatus,...

The Italian American Theatre of Chicago announces a tie for first place in its First Annual Playwriting Competition. It proved to be impossible to pick between two outstanding works: Passaggio Oscuro (Dark Passage) by Rosemary FrisinoToohey and The Diagonal Trilogy by Vita Patrick Morales. Gold Medal Winners Passaggio Oscuro explores the little-kno...

Released this year at the box office in Italy as “Puoi Baciare lo Sposo”, the Off-Broadway Smash Hit written by Anthony Wilkinson has just seen a complete sold out run in Los Angeles at the Actors Company. Directed by Francesco Piotti and Gianfranco Terrin, it was brought to Los Angeles by Italia Spettacolo and italian producer Fausto Petronzio in...

The 1950s Brooklyn waterfront setting of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge has long since disappeared. The container revolution, beginning in the 1970s, ended forever the traditional longshoreman’s role of manually loading and unloading cargo vessels, and the ships themselves now dock in New Jersey. The more recent gentrification of Brooklyn h...

The 6th Edition of In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY presented by Kairos Italy Theater and KIT Italia, had its most successful Festival to date showcasing a record 12 shows, brought over from Italy to NYC. The 15-day, 5-borough Festival, founded by KIT Artistic Director Laura Caparrotti and KIT Italia Artistic Director Donatella Codonesu, boast...

Mike Marino is feeling very presidential about his latest concert tour — his “Make America Italian Again” tour. If he's taking liberties with the campaign slogan of the current White House resident, who has promised to “Make America Great Again,” it's only because the Jersey City, N.J.-born comedian wants people to know his intentions — serious or...

The Portland Opera hosted the opening night of Giuseppe Verdi’s 1851 opera Rigoletto at Keller Auditorium on Friday, May 4, which brought the house to its feet and left the audience wanting more. The plot of Rigoletto revolves around the womanizing Duke of Mantua and his court jester Rigoletto who cruelly mocks the victims of the Duke’s escapades w...