BWW Review: MAMBO ITALIANO at Westchester Broadway Theatre Is An Italian Feast for the Eyes and Ears

Sep 17, 2019 197

Mambo Italiano, at Westchester Broadway Theatre (WBT) through Sept. 29, is an ambitious, musically-packed, and checkered affair, which also describes the motif of the stage floor and the tablecloths. (For tickets: (914) 592-2222; Based on a Canadian movie, which in turn was based on an autobiographical play by Steve Galluccio, it tells the story of the Barbieris, a proud family of restaurateurs. It is set in 2000 in Hammonton, New Jersey.

As we see right away, in light-hearted style during the opening scenes, bombastic Barbieri matriarch Maria (Joy Hermalyn) and gentle patriarch Gino (Bill Nolte) are not unlike many a long-married couple who work together: when they're not lovey-dovey, they bicker with the best of them. They are proprietors of Famiglia Italiana Ristorante, a name emblazoned high above the stage for the entire show.

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