The name is pronounced Shintas, by the way. We didn't know that. There are lots and lots and lots of Italian footnotes. They mention being Sicilian more times than Terry Fator mentions he's married. It didn't quite make it to mama's meatballs and gravy territory, but danced around the whole mafia, de Niro, old country tropes so often you'll get dizzy. And, if you aren't Italian, tired. And, it's all about back in the day. All about. Rotary phones, no computers, a home you love more than anything on earth. Apart from actually living there or working there, apparently. See also Jersey Boys.
The nostalgia thing is key. But, it is slightly warped. They want to be nostalgic for the Rat Pack. It's a Dino, Sammy, Frank shout-out fest. They do a Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin bit. In reality, it's about 70s nostalgia for the band. Chicago, Billy Joel and Joe Cocker. Yes, your laughs at the Cocker impression will be wholly dependent on your knowing that singer and his mannerisms. Or, more accurately, John Belushi's seventies SNL impression of him. It's second-hand nostalgia without any depth. Ok with that? You'll have fun.
Frankie can do impressions. And, he is a genuine multi-musical-talent. Lou Rawls, Tom Jones. They get the job done. Brother Joe doing Mick Jagger and Neil Diamond? Not so much.
Singer Janien Valentine replaces health-sidelined Scinta sister, Chrissi. There's a lot of mimed thumb wagging, get-a-loada-this-dame stuff on stage. We guess if the sister were on stage, there would be hands on hip, head-shaking, whatcha-gonna-do-with-these-brothers? stuff in the other direction. We guess. It felt that kind of show. Nothing on stage steered us in another direction. The Scintas are not high-brow. It is predictable. And safe, but done by professionals. And, it's not old school. But, old style. Old school wasn't a carbon copy, of a carbon copy. This is. Just done well.
There is no set. Costume changes are the only added production values. The showroom is low. Lots of jokes about that. The Scintas are not tall. Seats are banquet chairs cover by black sheets. But, the A/C still chilled the space filled with media types and friends. Shout-outs to other lounge acts. And, media. Support for this show is very clubby, inside and based on back-slappy old acquaintanceships. Be warned when reading other reviews. And, we always encourage you to research further when spending your valuable dollars in Vegas.
Should you pay top dollar to see this? The Scintas can sell-out 1,000-seat Detroit venues. That seems surprising. If you are from the area, crave watching Detroit sports, eating Detroit hot dogs, going to a Detroit steakhouse, then maybe this is the show you'll always watch here.
We think this should not retail above $19.95. Tickets start at $43.95 including tax. That's too much. They head up to to $99.95 when you want to add a dinner at Andiamo's. Like we said, it is dinner theater. On Fremont and want a good show? See Gordie Brown. Comped for the Scintas or can get a cheap ticket? You could certainly enjoy it. Just check if you fit the I remember the 70s fondly demographic. The D has completed another phase of its overhaul. Two steps forward, one step back.