Theatre West (3333 Cahuenga Blvd W, Los Angeles, CA) presents “The Italian in Me,” written and performed by Dina Morrone, as part of Solopalooza 2.022, running May 21 through August 7. I was lucky enough to see Dina Morrone’s fabulous, highly entertaining and aptly named solo show, The Italian in Me” a couple of times now…it’s hard to stay away!  T...

A current great actor is filming with his former food schlepper. We’re talking Robert De Niro and Sebastian Maniscalco. Italian American funnyman Maniscalco wrote the movie “About My Father.” Before he was a writer he was a waiter. Maniscalco: “2005, I waited tables at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills and met De Niro there. Then I worked wit...

The New York City-based Kairos Italy Theater along with the Italy-based KIT Italia and Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU announce the recipients of the first edition of the In Scena! Award as part of the 2022 coming back edition of the In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY. In 2020 In Scena! has established the "In Scena! Award" awarded by the Fe...

What a twist. The Musical genre was not born on Broadway in the nineteenth century but in Naples in the sixteenth century. A beautiful book has just been published in Italy by the publisher Argo and entitled "Il chiaro e lo scuro". The volume is edited by the well-known ethnomusicologist Gianfranco Salvatore, a great expert of Afro-European musical...

In The Italian in Me, a doe-eyed aspiring actress from Canada - who has been raised on a heaping dose of old-fashioned values & Roman Catholic guilt - upends her life by moving to Italy. With her, she brings a tiny bit of cash and grandiose dreams of working in Italian Cinema. Once in Rome, she quickly discovers that things in the Eternal City are...

Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 6pm. Free, open to the public, and held in person at the Calandra Institute - 25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10036. RSVP by calling (212) 642-2094. In Scena! presents an informal discussion among Italian and Italian American playwrights on the meaning and importance of identity in their work. Guests: Tobia Rossi...

In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY has announced Andrea Cioffi's play Apartment 2B (Appartamento 2B) as the 2022 Mario Fratti Award winner. The award ceremony will take place May 4th 2022 at 6PM at the Italian Cultural Institute in NY (686 Park Avenue, NY). A reading of a scene from the translation made by Caterina Nonis, will be presented toget...

The Metropolitan Opera will present an audacious new production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, which moves the Bel Canto masterpiece from 18th-century Scotland to a present-day town in the American Rust Belt, with nine performances April 23-May 21, 2022. Australian film, theater, and opera director Simon Stone makes his Met debut with this bol...

The Tank has announced it will present The Land of Swollen Faces by Paolo Bignami and Hide and Seek by Tobia Rossi in collaboration with Kairos Italy Theater as part of the 2022 Play It Again In Scena!: A Very Special Coming Back Edition of the Italian Theater Festival. Performances are scheduled for May 5-15 at The Tank's Proscenium Theater. Bigna...

Joe Piscopo is about to have a bit more in common with Bill Murray than SNL alum status, and members of the McHenry American Legion post can't wait. A Saturday Night Live cast member from 1980 to 1984 who also starred in 1980s films including "Johnny Dangerously," "Dead Heat," and "Wise Guys," Piscopo will perform stand-up comedy and music in two s...