A roundup of characters at the service of a great talent: that of Francesco Cicchella. The Teatro Comunale di Lacedonia awaits tonight (at 21.30) the new and modern face of the Italian one man show.
Actually in Bis, this is the title of his tried and tested show, he will be accompanied by his faithful sidekick, Vincenzo De Honestis and a 5-piece band.
«You will find the parodies already known on TV, from Michael Bublè to the latest flagships such as Ultimo and Achille Lauro, but also many unpublished performances». Cicchella is predestined: «I got the first signs of this mental imbalance very soon. I wasn’t even three when I started impersonating. I had a piano at home. I started playing it myself, by ear. My first audience was my family. I have four brothers older than me.’
Cicchella allowed himself a digression to Tale e Which Show in the imitation of Massimo Ranieri. It was the secret of that success in the fifth edition of the program. «In the temple of the most canonical imitation, more respectful of the characters, I put in that caricature aspect relating to the athleticism of Ranieri’s performances. That broadcast introduced me to a different audience than Made in Sud. In that last episode it was the spark that led me to work on that parody which today is among the most loved by the public». Ranieri took it well: «I was afraid of his judgement. I was surprised by his satisfaction. Above all, he identified himself with the work, with the study behind such an exhibition. He saw himself in this when he was young when, with the same discipline, he tried to be a versatile artist. A bit like what I try to be too». The meeting with Proietti is an unforgettable experience. He was the director of his first show and wanted him to be a guest in Cavalli di Battaglia. “As I said on that occasion: I will always be able to say that I am he, Gigi Proietti supported me. He was number one among the matadors. He never stopped questioning himself, he never lost his humility. I remember the backstage of Cavalli di Battaglia where he, feverish, asked: How do you think?, Are we long?, Is the audience bored?, Has anyone left?, when everyone would have been there for hours ». We come from twenty years in which television quality has progressively dropped behind the alibi: the public asks us for it.
«If you grow up eating always the same dishes, your personal taste will remain limited. This is what is happening on TV with the excuse that the public is only looking for a certain type of content. You play on an easy territory from a creative and, above all, economic point of view. Television with an educational function has given way to the market. Perhaps it is precisely here that the antibodies for an ascent will be found. The pandemic has brought about changes. Today cinema is in crisis and the nascent platforms are also in competition for TV. The need for new contents can give the stimulus for a new course in terms of experimentation and some signs can already be seen». Comedy was the picklock that Cicchella he used to be able to get into show business. But today Frank Cicchella was also born, the alter ego singer who has already released the single Sempe cu mme: «Merit of the pandemic. I never had the determination and the time to dedicate myself seriously to music. I was hesitant. You know, we live in a world where labels matter. There is the singer, the actor and then the actor, theater actor, fiction actor. My popularity helped me. My alter ego Frank will live on. I am stimulated by the challenge of breaking down these walls between the different artistic categories».