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Starting in September, Joey Spinella performs in a new Las Vegas show called ‘A Mob Story’ at the Plaza Hotel and Casino. Appearing as the singing, ‘Don Popera’ he wows audiences with his Mario Lanza-style voice and musical versatility. Spinella’s booming voice brings a stirring counterpoint to his comedic moments.
Spinella was trained at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. He went on to the New York Metropolitan Opera to study voice under Joan Dornemann, who also coached Luciano Pavarotti. Spinella’s career soared with concerts and engagements in Europe and the United States.
"One of the most memorable performances for me, I think, is Lucia di Lammermoor with the Israeli Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta," states Spinella about his operatic work. "But crossover styles seem to a necessity today. Theater companies are looking for that show-stopping voice to accentuate the current music and lyrics. I love working the full spectrum of classic songs and standards. They are melodic and timeless. People never seem to tire of them. In fact, I get a quite lot of views for some of my videos online. People just look up ‘Joey Spinella, Tenor’ to find my website and YouTube videos," says Spinella.
In addition to a well-trained golden tenor voice, Spinella is a master at performing magic. A true illusionist, he has managed to combine the two worlds of music and magic in his show, ‘illusionAria.’ The show combined innovative illusions with impressive symphonic music and dazzling storytelling.
Spinella’s music is available on Amazon and itunes. One of his singles, Trust In Me, written and produced in collaboration with Joe Vulpis, was on the official ballot for the 2013 Grammy award.
All this leads to his latest project in downtown Las Vegas about the history of the mob in Vegas. Once upon a time, Bugsy Siegel financed the Flamingo Hotel with money from the New York mob. The hotel opened in December 1946, and six months later, Siegel would be killed in a hail of gunfire in front of his girlfriend, Virginia Hill’s, house.
The 1950s saw more mob-connected casinos on the Strip being bought - the Dessert Inn, Dunes, Riviera, Sahara, Sands, Stardust and Tropicana. Moe Dalitz, an old-time bootlegger and racketeer from Cleveland, led a group of investors that developed the Desert Inn.
In a turn of events, billionaire Howard Hughes visited Las Vegas in November1966 and stayed at the Desert Inn. Moe Dalitz, then the Desert Inn manager, asked Hughes to vacate his luxury suites to accommodate high rollers. Hughes refused and instead bought the hotel for $13 million.
The bygone history of how the mob made Las Vegas emerges in energetic dance numbers, notable songs and momentous special effects. Joe Spinella recreate the ambience and undercurrents of the old show places like the Copa Room at the Sands Hotel.
Tickets available now and seating is arranged for general admission, VIP with preferred seating, and platinum tickets. Platinum tickets offer preferred seating and a meet and greet with the performers and show narrator and real-life former Colombo family capo, Michael Franzese.
Tickets are available by calling 702-386-2507 or online at https://www.plazahotelcasino.com/entertainment/a-mob-story.
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