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The Axelrod Performing Arts Center welcomes audiences for the first time since the shutdown. A Bronx Tale: The Musical kicks off the theatre's 2021-2022 season. This production is directed by original Broadway cast member Richard H. Blake, who played the role of Lorenzo.  A Bronx Tale is based on Oscar nominee Chazz Palminteri's real life story, wh...

At the annual Bocce Tournament held Sept. 11 at Mulligan’s Pointe in Georgetown, UNICO National President Steve Pelonero and local UNICO Rehoboth Area Chapter President Ed Mason joined the many who attended the event in support of the eighth annual Brian Piccolo Award.Monetary prizes and raffle items (50/50 and gift cards) were awarded as the day o...

When “A Bronx Tale, the Musical” opens at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal on Oct. 29, Sayreville native Michael Ferlita will take on the role of Calogero. Ferlita, who was part of the 20th anniversary tour of the musical “Rent,” is a 2012 graduate of Sayreville War Memorial High School. He credits the opportunities he had in school produ...

Since the 1999 premiere of The Sopranos, HBO’s game-changing mob series, it’s been an article of faith that it was the tale of two families: Protagonist Tony Soprano’s actual family, and the one he oversaw as the boss of a North Jersey Mafia crew. But according to Michael Imperioli, who portrayed Tony’s tempestuous, ill-fated nephew Christopher Mol...

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...

The UNICO Bocce tournament held on Sept. 11 in Georgetown was well-attended, with 10 teams rolling to support the annual Brian Piccolo Award to Sussex County high school athletic teams. The chairman of the Delaware Commission on Italian Heritage, Richard DiLiberto, and the UNICO National President, Steve Pelonero, joined forces to rally members for...

Most freshmen athletes have the typical first-year jitters adjusting to the pace and style of a college basketball game, but American University sophomore guard Lorenzo Donadio had to adjust during a once-in-a-century pandemic. The entire experience was atypical, Donadio said.  “Last season was the hardest one that I’ve ever had,” Donadio said. “We...

October 3 (Sunday) 5:00pm. The Coccia Institute will hold a joint event in partnership with the Montclair Literary Festival featuring an exclusive talk with Stevie Van Zandt, former actor on The Sopranos and Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band guitarist. Regular admission includes a signed copy of Unrequited Infatuations. VIP tickets include VIP seat...

The Avenel Performing Arts Center (APAC), a new multi-disciplinary performing arts center located in Woodbridge, New Jersey, presents My Big Gay Italian Funeral October 7th through October 17th, 2021. My Big Gay Italian Funeral is the sequel to "My Big Gay Italian Wedding". Like the wedding, the Funeral has also been published and licensed through...

The fall has always been my favorite time of the year. I find the crisp air, the array of colors and bright skies of autumn to be both invigorating and lovely. However, since 2013, I have a new reason for looking forward to this time of year. That is because October of 2013 was the first year that my friend Bill Winarski and I attended the annual “...

Count Basie Center for the Arts presents Anthony Rodia on Saturday, February 5th at 7:00pm. Anthony is a 1st generation Italian-American comedian born and raised in Westchester, NY. He has always had a way of turning any situation into comedy! Using Social Media as his platform, Anthony has exploded onto the Comedy scene out of nowhere, making quit...

Lou Costello was one of the funniest and most gifted American comedians of all time. The saga of this legendary comedian begins in Paterson, NJ amid a typical Italian American family. Paterson had a large Italian population, specifically in the Little Italy, Stony Road, and Sandy Hill sections of town. Louis Francis Cristillo was born in the Sandy...