New Vegas Show Celebrates Italian Contribution to American Culture

Sep 15, 2023 460

BY: Corey Levitan

“Heist” is a new show about to debut at the Rio in Las Vegas. It spotlights Italian songwriters whose music was appropriated by the American market without the American public realizing. “Pretty much every song that ever became a hit somehow came from Italy,” the show’s producer, Tony Sgro, told “No, not really, but a lot of them did.”

Sgro is the Las Vegas attorney, guitarist, and first-generation Italian-American whose five piece rock and jazz band, Limoncello, performs the show’s songs and explains their true origins. “There’s a scarcity of any sort of tribute to Italian heritage and culture, despite all that exists with both — especially in Las Vegas,” Sgro said.

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