Friday, 15 April 2011

MAMBO ITALIANO OPENS IN VANCOUVER AND HEADS TO BROADWAY AS BIG-BUDGET MUSICAL!

You’ve heard of the movie Mambo Italiano but the family comedy began as a stage play in Montreal, penned by Montreal enfant terrible Steve Galluccio (though Steve is now 50 years old!).

Mambo tells the tale of a 20-something Italian-Canadian who tells his immigrant parents that he’s gay. The play has been successfully staged in theatres around the globe, and this week begins a two-week run at Vancouver's Firehall Arts Centre, a copresentation with Western Theatre Company.

But what about that planned Broadway musical based on Mambo Italiano with renowned NYC producers Jean Cheever and Tom Polum, whose rock musical Toxic Avenger did boffo business off-Broadway?

"It’s supposed to go for the 2012-2013 season but it’s very hard to get something done on Broadway right now," Steve explains. "I don’t think we’ll break the show on Broadway. It takes a lot of time and patience. Not to mention the average cost of a Broadway play now is around $2 million to $2.5 million. The reality of doing theatre in New York on Broadway is so different than the reality of doing theatre here where everything is spoon fed to you. You get money from the government, you put your play on for four weeks and then you go on to your next play. In New York you have to find investors and it may close after three weeks. There are so many plays that close in New York that it’s such a big gamble for everybody. So when it comes to Mambo Italiano, I’ll believe it when I see it onstage."

Meanwhile, the Vancouver cast includes David Adams, Susan Bertoia, Gina Chiarelli, Susanne Ristic, and Francisco Trujillo..

Mambo Italiano runs at Vancouver's Fire Arts Centre April 14 to April 30

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