Once Steven and Maureen Van Zandt’s acting gigs as Silvio and Gabrielle Dante on “The Sopranos” end next year, the couple will have another theatrical project waiting.
Little Steven and the missus have joined forces with stage producer Nina Keneally (“Driving Miss Daisy” and “The Last Night of Ballyhoo”) and entertainment lawyer Jamie Lightstone to form Renegade Theatre, and hope to debut their first production next year, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The erstwhile E Streeter and his wife aim to recruit “A list” Hollywood acting and rock star talent to Broadway for two- to three-month engagements that won’t bite into screen schedules or tours.
Maureen Van Zandt – who will be artistic director – told the Times the company will need to raise $1.5 million to $2 million per show, and she’s already invited James Gandolfini, who plays mob boss Tony Soprano, to propose plays and parts he’d like to do.
Presumably, Steven/Silvio’s “other” New Jersey Boss has received a similar invite.