The Italian Chicks serve up laughs, nostalgia at dinner show

 

Italians don’t hold the market on crazy family stories, and that’s exactly why everyone will enjoy the show put on by The Italian Chicks. The musical variety and comedy show takes place at the Radisson Hotel-Utica Centre, 200 Genesee St., Saturday, Nov. 22. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8:30 p.m. “It kind of supports the Italian cultures and traditions that everyone remembers,” says Maryann Maisano, founder of the show. The best part, she said with a laugh, is that you don’t need to be Italian to find the show funny. You just need to come from a dysfunctional family like everyone else does.

This will be The Italian Chicks second time visiting the Utica area. A successful show last fall made the group more than willing to return when contacted about doing a show this year, Maisano said.

Maisano founded the show, which includes fellow Italian chicks Mary Dimino, Regina, Decicco, and Gina Scarda, about six years ago after a career in the banking industry. They key to the show’s success, she said, is the successful blending of comedy with nostalgia, and the music, which includes song parodies, traditional Italian songs, and original songs, truly sets the show apart.

Do you remember your family arguing whether it was called sauce or gravy? How about gathering for big family dinners? The Italian Chicks will invoke those memories and more, Maisano promised. “The Italian Chicks will make you remember things you paid your shrink to forget,” she joked.

The two hour shows features the four women, who have their own unique stories to share that somehow all complement each other, Maisano said. “It’s a very magical experience for the four of us,” she said. Maisano is a past winner of the New York Songwriters Festival, has opened for Joy Behar and Ray Romano, and is a Grammy award nominee for her song “City of Light” performed by Danny Aiello.

Dimino is winner of the Outstanding Female Comedian 2010 MAC Award, winner of Best in Fest in FringeNYC, and has performed sketches on shows hosted by Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, and Chris Rock. Decicco spent five seasons working on Saturday Night Live and also worked on Whoopi Goldberg’s sitcom, “Whoopi.”

Scarda, a former New York Police Department sergeant, has appeared on Last Comic Standing, The Today Show with Katie Lee and Hoda, Dr. Oz, and World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer.

Their upcoming dinner show at The Radisson costs $60 per person. Call 797-8010 to make a reservation for the show. For more information about The Italian Chicks, visit www.theitalianchicks.com.

 

[symple_box color=”blue” text_align=”center” width=”” float=”none”]If You Go

What: The Italian Chicks

When: Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8:30 p.m.

Where: Radisson Hotel-Utica Centre, 200 Genesee St., Utica

Cost: $60 per person

Information: 797-8010 or www.theitalianchicks.com[/symple_box]

By Traci DeLore
The Fuze Magazine

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