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Welcome to Festa Della Donna

Welcome to Festa Della Donna

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus a trip to Italy is unthinkable. Not to worry, last Saturday night the Laurie Beechman Theatre brought the flavor of Italy to NY with Festa Della Donna.

Five Italian-American ladies of comedy and music entertained the audience with Italian songs and dances.

Vanessa Racci

Evening was hosted by signers Jenna Esposito and Vanessa Racci.

Regina Dicicco

Alessandra Belloni and her dance company performed Taranttella dances. Tarantella is a form of Italian folk dances characterized by light, quick steps and teasing  and  flirtatious dancing.

Alessandra Belloni

Aessandra accompanied the dancers on the tambourine.One of the  evening sponsors was Mionetto Prosecco  and each member of the audience was treated to a bottle of this wonderful drink.

Mary Dimino

There were two other sponsors Angelina Bakery and and Nattis Restaurant. Angelina Bakery generously supplied delicious  cookies for all.

 Jenna Esposito

Nattis Restaurant invited everyone for an after party. Full disclosure, I’m a great fan of the great Italian Songbook. Since it’s very rare to hear those classic Italian songs that had become popular through recordings of Dean Martin, Al Martino, Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima and other crooners, I did not want to miss this evening. I was not disappointed.


Magda Katz has been in the entertainment world for most of her life as a child actress, assistant to the head publicist of Avco Embassy Pictures, theatrical print agent. She went on to manage the show business career of her 2 children for over 15 years. For the last five years Magda has been filming and editing video trailers of live performances as well as celebrity interviews. Broadway After Dark was the first website to feature her video trailers. She contributed in creating a star studded 90th birthday party for Mickey Rooney at Feinstein’s at the Regency Hotel. Her video trailers have a large international following. Videos are featured on All of Magda’s videos can be viewed at

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