International film icon Sophia Loren triumphed at the Foxwoods Resort Casino Theater in Mashantucket, CT on March 18 during her 11-city stage debut in An Evening with Sophia Loren on the road through April 1.
The Academy Award-winning star made her entrance to thunderous applause in the 4000-seat Grand Theater in the Fox Tower. www.foxwoods.com. She continued to hold the audience in the palm of her hand throughout the 1 ¼ hour of An Evening with Sophia Loren. It was a witty, frank and revealing conversation about her private life and movie making experiences – interspersed with clips from her first time in Italian cinema to her international hit films. It proved that she is as charismatic and talented on stage as she is on the screen. A dazzling presence to behold.
The glamorous show was hosted by long-time Hollywood reporter Bill Harris who moderated the many highlights of the show. In the Q/A session, Ms. Loren not only frankly answered questions written by the audience before the beginning of the show, but with grace, wit and lighting speed responded in English and Neapolitan Italian to unsolicited comments and questions from the rowdier elements of the audience. It led to several spontaneous standing ovations for a woman who can hold her own in any situation on stage. A divine movie and now stage diva, if ever there was one.
Among the many too-personal questions was one about Cary Grant – it’s has been long-been rumored the two stars had an affair. La Divina says no, he would just visit her trailer to teach her English, and added they worked well together and he was a nice man, but she doesn’t get involved with co-stars. At the time, she was seeing producer Carlo Ponte. They married and were together until his death fifty-four years later. Today, she’s close to her two accomplished sons, Carlo, Jr., a film director; Eduardo, an orchestra conductor, and the fathers of her four grandchildren.
Ms. Loren was also asked what she thought about all the young celebrities who have plastic surgery. “They have too much work done; they look in the mirror and don’t recognize themselves!”
Would she like to make another movie? Yes, if the character is right for her and appropriate for her age. Who would she like to be her co-star? Without hesitation she said, “Meryl Streep.”
Although Ms. Loren is known for her stunning looks and aura on film, she is also a superb instinctive actress. After her first screen test, legendary Italian director and actor, Victorrio de Sica, strongly suggested she “…not take acting lessons. You are just fine the way you are.” He then directed and co-starred with her in A Night in Sorrento. A clip was shown that revealed a dazzling, natural performer. That gift, in her case, would have been ruined if she had ‘acted’ by making faces and declaiming her lines.
She said that she finds something in her own feelings and memories to create her characters on film. Her comedic gifts are apparent in her many hit movies with Marcello Mastroianni and for drama her Academy Award-winning performance in Two Women, all directed by de Sica, among other films in her fifty-year career.
She filled the Fox Theater stage in CT with her aura and held the audience with her dynamic charisma. Beautifully gowned and wearing exquisite diamond earrings, her glamor proves to be timeless. The vast audience confirms her status as a major box-office attraction.
Tickets for An Evening With Sophia Loren can be bought at ticket sellers online as the tour continues: March 22, Palladium, Carmel IN; March 24, Copernicus Center, Chicago, IL; March 26, The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV; March 28, Kravis Center, West Palm Beach, FL; March 31, Van Wezel Center, Sarasota, FL and April 1, Ruth Eckerd Hall. Clearwater, FL.