The Scintas have a
new home and are playing in the main showroom at the Sahara Hotel &
Casino. After six years in the city, the family of singers has finally
landed a spot on the Strip. With a genuine appeal to audiences of all
kinds, The Scintas are one of the city's hottest attractions combining
music, comedy and impressions with tremendous heart. The Scintas’
ability to entertain and create laughter has made them popular, but it
is their talent that has set them apart.
(pronounced Shin-tahs) are a family of musicians, impersonators, and
comedians that has endeared themselves to the city and found a home.
The show features a lot of wonderful elements that fill the space with
a lot of laughter and fun. The ninety-minute 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.
tie this group together. Frank, Christine, 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.
seems to be 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 Gans---seeming 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
the bass player, also did his own range of impersonations and
characters--primarily sticking to the more extreme types, i.e.
Jerry Lewis 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...and then along came
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
Christine in this production than in past ones, but it would be right
and appropriate to see even more of her.
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
fifteen years. 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 showroom at
the Sahara is a good showcase for this group. The wide stage brings
the performers close to the audience, and the access from the stage to
the seats is well utilized by the group.
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