"A theatrical Cabaret production honoring family, food, and music through laughter and tears. An emotional ride that will have you tapping your foot one minute, and dabbing your eyes the next." Using his heritage as a taking-off point, self-described Italian American, Gilmore Rizzo combines his cultural identity, the songs that he was brought up listening to, stories about his relationships with the female members of his family, the recipes they used to cook, and heartfelt memories. All these ingredients make for a delicious evening of entertainment. That's Amoré is tied together with a thread of popular and novelty American-Italian songs that were made famous by Dean Martin, Perry Como, Connie Francis, Lou Monte, Sinatra, Jerry Vale, Louie Prima, Annette Funicello, and many others. As Gilmore talks about each of his grandmothers, his sister and his mother in moving, very personal terms, he is able to make his very specific memories universal in a way that seems to allow audience members to recall their own childhoods with their own relatives, regardless of heritage. Rizzo is backed throughout by the Italian-Greek chorus and sentimental music muses he refers to as THE THREE GOOMBAHS. Hearing the four of them singing together is a harmony match made in heaven that would make any overly sentimental Italian long to be back in Italy, and those who aren't Italian wish they were. Rounding out the evening is Musical Director, Bryan Miller whose piano stylings perfectly weave together an evening of story and song. This show is accompanied by an authentic family-style Italian dinner just like grandma used to make, artfully created by PS UNDERGROUND chef, David Horgen.
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