In 2015 I made a small contribution to a crazy, unprecedented and wonderful feat. A group of visionaries managed to bring the great actor Tony Lo Bianco to Rome, where in a historic evening at the Sala Umberto he staged his show "The Little Flower," the story of Fiorello La Guardia, the most beloved mayor by his citizens in the history of New York....

Sicily has long been known as a place of myth and legend. Hephaestus forged weapons for the gods on the island of Vulcano; Daedulus built a temple to Apollo near the river Belice after Icarus flew too close to the sun; and Odysseus navigated the Strait of Messina, evading the dual threats of Scylla and Charybdis. There are few other locales more ap...

February 15 - 22 2021. Starting February 15, at 1pm, the events will be streamed on LPTW YouTube Channel. February 16 at 1pm the Award Ceremony will be streamed through HowlRound YouTube Channel. Presented every three years, this Award acknowledges the exceptional work of theater women around the world. Italian legendary artist Franca Valeri (1920-...

Gigi Proietti had always joked about the date of his birth: he was born the Day of the Dead, November the 2nd 1940. It seems so strange to say, in some way tragicomic, that November the 2nd was also the date of his death (2020). Gigi was indeed one of the most acclaimed Italian actors and comedians, plus he was an incredible voice actor, director,...

New York theatre curators Valeria Orani and Frank Hentschker will host the Third Edition of the Italian & American Playwrights Project (IAPP) on Monday, December 14, 2020, 4:30 pm live on US Non-Profit Digital Theatre Platform www.HowlRound.com. Mimosa Campironi's Family Game, Mariano Dammacco's Good Education, Gabriele Di Luca's Metropolitan Mirac...

The Avenel Performing Arts Center will present My Big Gay Italian Christmas Thursday, December 3rd through Wednesday December 9th, 2020. The follow up to the Big Gay Italian Trilogy, (My Big Gay Italian Wedding, My Big Gay Italian Funeral, My Big Gay Italian Midlife Crisis) Wilkinson has created a Christmas show designed specifically to play for th...

Anthony Rodia is a real character. In fact, with Snapchat filter-aided alter egos Uncle Vinny and Zia Lucia on Facebook, he’s several funny characters to his growing legion of fans. Earlier this year, the New Rochelle, N.Y.-raised stand-up comic with the gift of gab was on the brink of performing in his largest venue at the time, Foxwoods’ Fox Thea...

Rome to declare day of mourning for Proietti on 5 November. Rome bid farewell to one of the city's favourite sons, Gigi Proietti, the actor, director, comedian and musician who died on 2 November, the day of his 80th birthday. Romans took to their windows and balconies in many districts to honour Proietti with a minute of applause at 20.00 while th...

Gigi Proietti, the much-loved Roman actor, director, musician and comedian, died in Rome today, 2 November, on his 80th birthday. Proietti had been in hospital for heart problems in recent days but was rushed to intensive care yesterday evening in a serious condition, reportedly suffering heart failure. Born in Rome in 1940, Proietti studied for la...

Everybody Loves Raymond featured The Barone family. A family of Italian origin, the Barones journeyed through their day-to-day lives and the storylines followed the intricacies of their relationships and family dynamics. Ray's love for sports and Marie's overbearing personality were all captured with a comedic twist, and fans connected to the show ...