Tony 'n Tina's Wedding, the interactive, semi-improvised dinner theater piece set at an Italian wedding, is set to renew its vows with Chicago beginning in September.   The show, which had a 16-year run in Chicago before a "temporary hiatus" in 2009 became permanent, plans a limited run September 22–December 30. The new staging, directed by...

Broadway is one of the most famous and sparkling iconographic representations of the American leadership in the world. It is "the myth" for every actor, screenwriter, director, choreographer: for anyone who dreams of being part of the show business. In Broadway, Italy is not very much represented: unlike other areas in which Italian Americans have...

Are you taking one of our Italian classes? Between class sessions, extend your knowledge of Italian culture and practice your language skills by taking advantage of the rich resources New York offers. Here are five ways to accelerate your learning process and have fun at the same time.   In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY – Now in it...

PORTLAND OPERA'S season finale rounds out this week with the end of one opera's run and the continuation of another. Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers, a 200-plus-year-old madcap comedy, picks up where Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's 1879 Eugene Onegin left off with its final Portland Opera performance Tuesday, July 26.   Both shows bring fre...

by David Gordon   The cast and creative team of Dinner With the Boys, a new play by Dan Lauria (Lombardi, The Wonder Years), met the press at their rehearsal studio on April 7. The play will make its off-Broadway debut at Theatre Row's Acorn Theatre beginning April 21 in advance of a May 4 opening. Frank Megna directs.   The play is d...

Reality star Frank Sorrentino, most commonly known as the older brother to the Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino from his appearances on the Jersey Shore, is set to make his Off-Broadway debut in "My Big Gay Italian Funeral" opposite creator Anthony J. Wilkinson as his former gay lover Dominick Vitale.   Currently being played by Addison LeMay...

by Keith Loria   "THE saddest thing in life is wasted talent". This memorable quote from A Bronx Tale is one that the movie and one-man-show's writer and star Chazz Palminteri continues to guide his life by. Over his 25-plus year career in show biz, the Academy Award-nominated actor has delivered standout performances in movies, TV...

By Susie Tommaney Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor tells the story of a world-famous Italian opera singer, Tito Merelli, also known as "Il Stupendo." When he's unable to take the stage in Giuseppe Verdi's Otello, an unwitting theater staffer steps in, resulting in a door-slamming farce of mistaken identities, crossed wires and romantic overtures. ...

by Stefano Salimbeni As Colombina, the servant of the rich and stingy Venetian merchant Pantalone, Chiara Durazzini is extremely convincing as she delivers on stage the blend of grace and cunning embodied by the most famous female figure of Commedia dell'Arte — the theatrical representation of human mores, vices and virtues invented in Italy in th...

By Pati LaLonde   With a growing fan base, Whistling Idiots Comedy Dinner Theatre is no longer the best kept secret in Bay City. As they begin their third season, fans and newcomers will be treated to more than the farces that have made the little theater a hit.   Case in point: "Over the River and Through the Woods," one of owne...