The theatrical company I Legnanesi was born in 1949, in an oratory of Legnano, led by late Felice Musazzi. The exclusively male nature of the company is due to an ancient ecclesiastical ban that prevented to women to act with men, so that women’s roles were interpreted by the same male actors in disguise, talking in the Legnanese dialect.
The company became famous and performed in mayor theaters, gaining great popularity and winning several awards. Musazzi died in 1989. The company, that went trough different casts, is still performing successfully.
The story and the title of the new show is all about a funny family aka Famiglia Colombo The man of the house is (or should be) Giovanni (Luigi Campisi) but is indeed his wife Teresa (Antonio Provasio, who is also co-writer and director) who runs the family. They have a flamboyant daughter, Mabilia (Enrico Dalceri) a not-so-young blond hairdresser, always looking to get married to a rich guy.The courts are celebrating the feast of Sant Ambrogio. Teresa with the help of friends and nuns, is preparing a festive re-act of the Passion, featuring Mabilia in the roule of the Virgin Mary “Just call her Mary, forget the Virgin” suggests Teresa.During the rehearsal Mabilia falls for a newcomer who plays Jesus Christ.Teresa starts with researches. The guy is actually the descendent of a wealthy family (totally inspired to the Addams) living in a remote villa. The Colombos decide to visit them and, through grotesque situations and campy gags, including in psychih session, to talk with a dead uncle who apparently hid a winning lotto ticket in the houseMy favorite line?
When Teresa tells Pina, a very short parent, “Do not go out alone. The grass is high and we’ll not found you anymore”This company brings to the stage the stories, customs and traditions of Lombardy but is widely appreciated outside Lombardy, thanks to the modernization of the original texts , the usage of more of an Italian text and the choice of universal themes such as the family, the economic crisis, the neighborly relations and of course their love-hate relationship.Finally, Mabilia offers some great musical numbers, first with a tribute to the iconic italian musical diva Wanda Osiris, then as a flamboyant Cuban singer sourrended by colorfull young dancers, while in the grand finale: all actors show up as “men” in ” elegant tuxedos.This new sparkling episode of the Colombo family is ready to entertaining the audience and will be on the stage of Barclays Theatre in Milan till February.
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