Running Time: 120 min.
Release Date: March 31, 2010
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Cast: Jessica Pratt, Simon Bailey, Christian Senn, Vincenzo Taormina, Aurora Tirotta, Leonardo Cortellazzi, Asude Karayavuz, Chae Jun Lim, Jong Min Park, Eugeniy Stanimirov, Riccardo Massi
Viva la Mamma, or Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali is a mad-cap farce about opera singers behaving badly and stage mothers behaving even worse! Rehearsals are underway for the very serious opera Romolo ed Ersilia, but the unruly performers, and their even more unruly egos, prevent any actual rehearsal from taking place. The prima donna Daria insists that her part is too smalleven when Luigia, the seconda donna (the second-most important soprano), the German Tenor and the Musician all insist that the prima donna's part is far too large. Luigia's domineering mother Agata (the "mamma" of the title) arrives on the scene, and insists that her daughter's part be bigger. Soon the Tenor and the Musician fume off, only to be replaced by Agata in the Musician's role and Daria's husband as the tenor. The stage manager, impresario and composer are helpless to quell the raging self-absorbed demands of the performers, so the police are called in to stop the chaos. Rehearsals finally begin, but are soon interrupted again by the announcement that the production has been called off. All of the performers sneak out of the theatre, in an effort to avoid having to repay all the money that has already been invested in the production.
Screenplay: Gaetano Donizetti