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."
Well, it seems that it's not just the Fresco Italian restaurant in Montclair, New Jersey that is disappointing members of the community for allowing Bravo to use it to film scenes for Real Housewives of New Jersey. Local fans of the show were also disappointed…not in the eatery, but in the women dining inside.
Last week, the restaurant posted (and then promptly deleted after negative feedback) some pictures of Dina Manzo and Teresa Giudice eating at Fresco surrounded by lights and cameras. Fans who were able to catch the Facebook status before it was taken down rushed to the restaurant in hopes of seeing their favorite RHONJ ladies. You see where I'm going with this, right?
Well, we all know that Real Housewives of New Jersey can be slightly, um, polarizing, right? In general, I think fans have the strongest feelings for this group of women, whether they are loyal to the core fans or staunch haters. The ladies of the Garden State can certainly bring out the emotion in their viewers!
That was made abundantly clear recently when a local restaurant allowed Bravo to film scenes for the show. The Fresco Montclair was hoping that posting photos of filming on its Facebook page would bring with it some publicity…and boy did it!
For those of you who celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a wonderful day with your friends and family yesterday! As we wind down the week, we've got an all new photo post for you. Check out what your favorite reality stars were doing in the week leading up to Christmas!
Above: Real Housewives of New Jersey co-stars Dina Manzo and Teresa Giudice attended the "Shop for a Cause" event in NYC.
Below you'll findSnooki and Victoria Wakile hitting up Sizzle Tans, Kris Humphries making a rare appearance – for a good cause and Shaunie O'Neal serving up a hot meal! Also spotted: Lisa Hochstein doing some holiday shopping with husband Lenny, Kyle Richards spending her cash with the Hilton ladies, and Nicole Murphy flashing her amazing abs.
Nothing like reality TV to break up a few relationships! This year several reality stars called it quits on their longtime relationships, sometimes shocking the viewing public. And some PR stunts just didn't pan out. Unfortunately many of those meltdowns included plenty of scandal!
Our favorite reality TV stars cannot get enough of the spotlight during their regularly scheduled time slots, so they take to Twitter to share even more of their daily lives with us. And we love them for it! Here's a roundup of some of our favorite photos from the Twitterverse this week! Enjoy!