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THE SCINTAS

By • Jan 25th, 2001 •

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At The Nightclub at the Las Vegas Hilton, 3000 Paradise Road (702-732-5755)
Tuesdays through Sundays at 8 P.M.
Tickets: $28

If you sit close clap a lot. If you don’t, you’re likely to become part of the show. I know, I didn’t clap and became part of the show. It’s all part of the Scintas’ ploy to get the audience involved quite quickly. It works. In fact, the Scintas may be one of the best entertainment values on the Las Vegas Strip.

Three of the four performers are family members. Led by younger brother, Frank Scinta, these accomplished musicians demonstrate mastery of the full spectrum from rock and roll, to rhythm and blues, and country and western. Interspersed are short and lively comedy routines that keep the program flowing. Their experience shows when it comes to dealing with unexpected reactions from the crowd. One word of caution here: Be careful if you get spotted leaving for the restroom during the show. They may just sit down and wait for you to return. Of course, everyone in the audience will be apprised of your departure.

The Scintas have been playing together since they were young children. It is claimed that the youngest of the group, Christine, began her stage career at the tender age of two. For her petite size Christine has the power to project an amazing amount of sound and in an operatic range that can easily steal the show from her older brothers. No comedy from her, just a high quality vocal performance.

Both Frank and older brother Joe Scinta adroitly play a number of instruments including guitars, keyboards, and banjos. I thought Frank’sbanjo rendition of the Twelfth Street Rag to be especially delightful. Also not to be forgotten is the first instrument that Frank learned to play. You know them as spoons. As demonstrated in the show, the spoons can be played in several distinct languages. You have to see that to believe it.

Accompanying the Scintas family is Peter O’Donnell who is billed as the “token Irishman” in this otherwise decidedly Italian group. Great on the
drums, O’Donnell maintains a running commentary that helps keep the show moving. He has been with the Scintas since they formed this incarnation nearly two decades ago.

There are a great number of impersonations, each easily recognizable. They vary from Merle Haggard, Neil Diamond, Simon and Garfunkle to James Brown and Louis Armstrong. There is also a great mixed comedy and musical segment with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

For a great night out in Las Vegas I highly recommend you check out the Scintas now playing at the Las Vegas Hilton. The tickets priced at $28 are a real bargain.

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