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Friday, May 25, 2012
Will and Anthony Nunziata Bring Happiness to Royal Room Cabaret
By Skip Sheffield
Will and Anthony Nunziata want to “Make Someone Happy.”
To that good end the 27-year-old singing and joking twins will be headliners for the next four weeks starting Friday, May 25 in the Royal Room Cabaret of the Colony Hotel, 155 Hammon Road, Palm Beach.
“Make Someone Happy” is the duo’s new show and also the title to their debut CD. It is done in tribute to the “Rat Pack” era of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr.
“It is timeless music,” offers Another. “We just try to give it a fresh spin.”
“It kind of makes sense because we were brought up with this music,” adds Will. “While other kids were listening to Madonna and New Kids on the block, we were listening to the great American Songbook. We love visiting Palm Beach because it lets us get out and meet people. Rob Russell (Royal Room manager) discovered us in New York three years ago and he has been very good to us. He took a risk and he’s watched us and our audience grow.”
In addition to their fresh, handsome appearance, the 27-year-old twins bring a playful sense of humor to their act. In fact the brothers got their start doing stand-up comedy while they were students at Boston College. In New York they performed stand-up at Caroline’s Comedy club and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater.
“I can be silly but it’s a cool silly,” Anthony stresses. “Will is just silly. Seriously, we just play off each other.”
Since taking their act on the road around four years ago, the New York natives have been all over the world; most recently Singapore. After the Palm Beach gig they will be the featured act at Feinstein’s July 10-14 in New York City.
Since this is the brothers’ longest engagement to date in Florida, then intend to do some exploring and sightseeing.
“Palm Beach and the Colony is our second home,” Will declares. “This time we want to get out and see some other places, like Delray Beach and Boca Raton.”
When asked if he was more like Sinatra or Dean Martin, Anthony said he leans more toward Sinatra, but it really doesn’t matter.
“At the end of the day what we do is music that hopefully touches hearts,” he says. “It is lyrics and music that have a universal quality. We may sing older songs, but we want to bring a 20-something spirit to them.”
Tickets are $90 for dinner and show or $60 show only. Call 561-659-8100.
Take That Israel Bashers!
“Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu” is a dramatic documentary by Ari Daniel Pinchot (“The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg”) about one of Israel’s proudest moments: the midnight July 4, 1976 rescue mission to Entebbe, Uganda, where the “Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine” was holding 103 highjacked Air France passengers hostage.
Director Jonathan Gruber has worked from real footage of the then 30-year-old Lt. Colonel Yonatan Netanyahu as well as words drawn from Netanyahu’s personal letters and writings along with remembrances by his ex-wife, three Israeli Prime Ministers and recently-released audio of the daring raid itself.
There is a good reason why Israeli commandos are the most highly-regarded soldiers in the world. The film is tangible proof of their bravery, loyalty and sacrifice. This is a bittersweet story. Like all men Netanyahu had his shortcomings, which are duly noted. However, his achievement will always be remembered and celebrated. This film is a great way to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel.