This Friday and Saturday.
Sopranos Cast Members to Appear in Mile Square Theatre Reading of Lamppost Reunion at Hoboken Historical Museum, Friday & Saturday, May 18 – 19
Sopranos stars Vincent Pastore, who played Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero, and Robert Funaro, who played Eugene Pontecorvo on the HBO series, are appearing in Mile Square Theatre’s reading of Hoboken playwright Louis LaRusso’s 1975 Broadway hit, “Lamppost Reunion.” Also in the cast is Ricky Aiello, whose father Danny Aiello originated the role of “Biggie” in the Broadway production of “Lamppost Reunion.”
The reading, which will take place two nights only, Friday, May 18th, and Saturday, May 19th, at 7:30 p.m., at the Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson Street in Hoboken, is a benefit for both Mile Square Theatre and the Hoboken Historical Museum. Tickets are $25. Reservations are strongly recommended; please call 201-656-2240, ext. 6.
Directed by Frank Licato, who is Associate Artistic Director of Mile Square Theatre and who earned rave reviews for his recent production of Neil Labute’s Fat Pig, the Tony-nominated “Lampost Reunion” asks the question, “What if Hoboken’s most famous son, Frank Sinatra, had come back to town at the height of his fame for a reunion with the guys he left behind in the singing group, Hoboken Four – how do you suppose that conversation would have gone?” Of course, the characters bear different names, but LaRusso had interviewed members of the Hoboken Four and he earned praise from the New York Times critic Clive Barnes for his realistic and raw dialogue.
The reading complements the Museum’s current exhibit, “From Another Time: Hoboken in the 1970s,” as the play is set in a gritty bar in the Mile Square City, some 30 years after Sinatra left his pals for the limelight. The exhibit and companion book feature more than 150 black and white images by three photographers who captured the spirit of the people living in Hoboken during the pivotal decade between its industrial heyday and reemergence as a real estate hotbed for urban professionals.