The Sensational Scintas at the Rio in Las Vegas

The Sensational Scintas Sparkle at the Rio

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If you were to turn the Scintas (pronounced Shin-tahs) into a mathematical equation they would equal pure energy. The Scintas Music and Comedy with a Twist is playing at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is high polished comedy, vocals, impressions, and music starring Frank, Joe, and Chrissi Scinta, plus honorary Scinta, Pete O'Donnell.

What began as three children entertaining family and friends in Buffalo, New York expanded to four members, and evolved into a popular East Coast act. Four years ago the Scintas played the Las Vegas Hilton Lounge and were so popular that the Rio offered them an open-ended stay at their hotel. In the few years they have been here the Scintas have earned a reputation as extraordinary entertainers and supporters of the community.

Arriving at the Scinta Showroom at seven for a 7:30 pm curtain gives the audience enough time to have a drink or two while watching Scinta family pictures play across twelve large video screens that curve around the tiered venue. The audience is made up of young people and adults of all ages waiting for the puffy satin/taffeta curtain, vibrant with purples, blue and teal hues, to part. Precisely at 7:30 p.m. the Scintas make an energetic entrance singing, "We Are Family". The side screens flash images of Joe, Frank and Chrissi as children, individually, together and with family members in New York. They each have a strong, unique presence and personality.

Frankie Scinta plays the drums, and Joey Scinta the bass guitar as they perform "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You". Frankie plays the spoons and the banjo on "12th Street Rag" and "The 96th Street Rag". Joey, the eldest brother plays straight man to Frankie's jokes.

Book Your Scintas TicketsChanging the tone, Chrissi Scinta, a slip of a woman who can belt a song as easily as convey a soft, sweet operatic aria, emerges wearing a long white gown with a rhinestone collar and bracelet. She is dripping in jewels. Her rich soprano voice has strength and fullness.

Pete O'Donnell is introduced as the fourth Scinta the Irish Scinta. The group, three Sicilian-American siblings and their friend and band member of eighteen years, Pete O'Donnell have the right chemistry for humor and sentimentality.

They don wigs and play instruments in a tribute to the Beatles. And although the homage is humorous, it is also musically true to the original "Magical Mystery Tour". Pete is featured on "I Get a Little Help from My Friends". Speaking with English accents the group captures the essence of the Liverpudlians.

In fact, all of their impersonations are first rate. Frank, Joe, and Pete wear black turtlenecks with black slacks. Simple, effective clothing that lets them transform themselves into everyone from Mick Jagger to Neil Diamond. Taking turns, Frank intones the low, sexy voice of Lou Rawls, and the distinctive rasp of Louis Armstrong doing "What A Wonderful World".

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