AFTER SEVEN YEARS in Las Vegas, The Scintas are back at the Las Vegas Hilton performing in the same space in which they started, and their show has been retooled, updated, modified, and now titled, “Laugh Out Loud with the Scintas.” The show, and the family of entertainers, is brilliant. With a genuine appeal to audiences of all kinds, the Scintas are one of the city’s best productions combining music, comedy, and impressions with tremendous heart. The Scinta’s ability to entertain and create laughter has made them popular, but it is their talent that has truly set them apart. The new show takes this talent and hones and compresses it into a fast-paced evening filled with laughs and fun.
The Scintas (pronounced Shin-tahs) are a family of musicians,
impersonators, and comedians that has endeared themselves to the city. The
show features a lot of wonderful elements that fill the space with a lot of
laughter and fun. The show never ceases to keep us entertained as they move
from one number to the next. Not only does this group make us laugh, but
they also have the ability to touch our hearts with their stories,
allegiance, and songs dedicated to the strength of family.
Family bonds tie this group together. Frank, Chrissi, and Joe Scinta are
siblings, and are joined by Peter O’Donnell, the percussionist, and now of
course, an honorary Scinta as well. The interplay between these players is so
spontaneous and comfortable that it would certainly take a lifetime of learning.
O’Donnell holds his own within this family group; of course he has been with the
Scintas for many, many years.
Frank Scinta is the cornerstone of the performance, though. He has the ability
to play a wide range of musical instruments, and he has a stronger and larger
range of vocal stylings. As an impersonator, Frank rivals the talents of Danny
Gansseeming to do an equal number of different personalities both speaking
and singing. I could easily see Frank as a solo act, but from the stories that
he shares, one knows that he would never leave his brother and sister hanging.
Joe Scinta has his own range of impersonations and charactersprimarily
sticking to the more extreme types, i.e. Jerry Lewis, Joe Cocker and Mick
Jagger. His Jagger, though, is extremely funny and bordering on the brilliant. I
thought I had seen all that impersonators could do with Mick Jagger
along came Joe Scinta.
Chrissi Scinta is the rose among the thorns. She has a beautiful voice and
appearance. She brings a charm and a grace to the stage, and allows the
performance to have a much broader range. We get to see more of Chrissi in
this production than in past ones. She is featured as a much sexier personality
with a lot of updated music.
Finally, there is Peter O’Donnell. Peter is the “Token Irishman” in this good
Italian family, and this family is lucky to have him. He joined the group by
just filling in one night and has been “filling in” for the last
As the percussionist, he certainly adds all of the rhythm and beat to the
performance, but more importantly, he acts very much part of the family with his
own brand of humor and wit.
The Shimmer Cabaret at the Las Vegas Hilton seems to have been made for them. Through all of the years that I have seen them, and in all of the different
venues that they have played, the space at the Hilton has always been my
favorite. It is just the right size for their production and offers a wonderful
The new show is produced by Asient Entertainment, which is a brand
new company in Las Vegas, and is making themselves a force with which to be
It is not that unusual for a show to get a standing ovation at the end of the
production, but to have the audience stand and applaud several times during the
show is truly amazing. We love the Scintas. They have become part of the
Las Vegas community, and we like
having them here. The Scintas make for a good evening of entertainment. It is
filled with fun and laughter, and this family is a great example for every