Kim Parilla RHONJ 1

While I think that all the Real Housewives of New Jersey fancy themselves as actresses (some of that drama has to be fabricated, right?), it seems that one certain relative of a housewife actually has the acting chops to make it in theater. After a successful run off-Broadway in both My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral, Melissa Gorga's (the one who fancies herself a pop star…coincidence?) sister Kim Pirrella is returning to St. Luke's Theatre for a double encore.

According to a press release we received at RT, "My Big Gay Italian Wedding premiered at the Actor's Playhouse in November 2003.  On September 12, 2009, a revised and updated version of the play played a benefit performance at the St. George Theatre in Staten Island; the new production was produced by Dina Manzo of The Real Housewives of New Jersey and was moved to St. Luke's Theatre in Manhattan in May 2010 for a sixteen month run.  During the run, the show hosted some major celebrities including Jersey housewives Caroline Manzo and daughter Lauren, Jacqueline Laurita and daughter Ashley, Teresa Giudice and Dina Manzo.  Tabatha Coffey also proved to be a huge supporter of the show by making multiple appearances and hosting a hairstyling contest back in 2011."


Kim will reprise her role in both productions as Lucia Fuccio, who is described as a "lipstick lesbian diva," which is a far cry from Kim's presence on RHONJ where she is the matriarch of the Marco sisters. 

Funeral follows the same characters as its predecessor with some new twists. The release teases the plot of Funeral, revealing, "The father (Joe Pinnunziato) is deceased and we introduce some new characters, namely Anthony’s gay brother Peter Pinnunziato, who he hasn’t spoken to in over a decade.  Family drama and crazy characters unite when everything that can possibly happen at an Italian wake certainly will!" 

In a recent interview with the Examiner, Kim shared, "I had the most amazing experience! Most of that credit has to go to Anthony Wilkinson and the amazing cast of My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral. Both casts were so helpful and encouraging with me. They immediately made me feel welcomed and part of their show family. I also had a ton of support from my family and friends. Some of whom flew from Chicago and South Carolina because they were so excited for me. We actually sold out the Saturday night show! And yes I can't wait to do it again. Currently I'm scheduled for Jan 25 and 26 and Feb 15 and 16."

When asked to describe both plays, Kim gushes, “First and foremost they're laugh out loud funny, they show off real life and heartfelt family issues, and the third [they] highlight a typical Italian family."

Discussing whether she'd ever consider being a full time member of the RHONJ cast, Kim explains, “If you would have asked me this question two years ago I probably would have said yes, but that would be because I didn't know any better. Now that I've seen the lengths at which people will go to or should I say have to go to just to be relevant on those shows, I say not a chance in hell would I subject myself, my children or my marriage to being a cast member on that show. I believe in supporting, encouraging and pushing up other women, not competing with and tearing them down."

When she's not acting, Kim hosts a popular cooking vlog and is featured on webisodes for Nick Mom.


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