After the success of "My Big Gay Italian Wedding' in May, the Hawthorne Pride Alliance is ready to embark on its next fundraising production of "My Big Gay Italian Christmas' to be performed on December 10 and December 11 at St. Clement's Church on Lafayette Avenue. "My Big Gay Italian Christmas" is a lasagna made up of a bisexual love triangle, po...

PBS is set to premiere “The Oratorio” and “Da Ponte’s Oratorio: A Concert for New York” on Nov. 5, 2021. First up will be the documentary, which starts at 9 p.m., and will be headlined by famed film director Martín Scorsese as he reveals the story of the arrival of Italian opera to the New World during a performance in the Old Cathedral of Saint Pa...

The upcoming University of Mississippi Opera Theatre production of “The Light in the Piazza” does not take the stage at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts until mid-November, but it’s already full steam ahead for the cast and production team. “We are right in the middle of the excitement at the moment,” said Blake McIver Ewing, the...

The Axelrod Performing Arts Center (APAC) will reopen its doors on Friday, October 29, with the first performance of A Bronx Tale The Musical directed by Broadway veteran Richard H. Blake. Based on Oscar nominee Chazz Palminteri’s play and subsequent film, A Bronx Tale is set in an Italian American neighborhood in the Bronx of the racially charged...

When: Thursday, October 21, 2021 – 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. - Where: The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere • 79 Howard Avenue • Staten Island, NY 10301  These unique luncheons are for true “Opera Lovers” who wish to share their passion as they spend an afternoon with others while watching a complete opera and enjoying a great meal togethe...

Beatified in 1990, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati is the subject of a play opening Oct. 1 at Open Window Theatre in Inver Grove Heights. Written and directed by Jeremy Stanbary and starring Jeromy Darling, the play is the first professional theater production that aims to capture the life of this modern saint, Stanbary said. Stanbary, who founded Op...

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Cristina Fontanelli in A Tree Grows In Brooklyn Two on October 12, 2021 at 7:00pm. Back by popular demand, award-winning singer/award-winning Actor/PBS-TV host Cristina Fontanelli returns to Feinsteins/54 Below in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Two. This Feinstein's regular, Boston Pops soloist, PBS-...

The Palace Theater is kicking off the 21-22 Webster Broadway series in a big way with the legendary Chazz Palminteri presenting his one-man tour de force, the semi autobiographical, A BRONX TALE for two performances October 1 and 2 at 8:00pm. This is the story that led to the eponymous movie of the same title and the Broadway musical, that played t...

This week’s episode of The Italian American Podcast takes listeners on a journey through the Neapolitan Sceneggiata with special guest Dr. Reba Wissner, who is assistant professor of the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. Dr. Wissner’s specialty is the Neapolitan Sceneggiata, which is a form of musical drama t...

Ronnie Marmo's tour-de-force embodiment of the most controversial comedian of all time, the hit solo show I'M NOT A COMEDIAN... I'M Lenny Bruce will play 2 performances only Friday, October 8 and Saturday, October 9, 8:00 PM at The Vogel/Count Basie Center for the Arts, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ. Written by and starring New Jersey native (Wo...