"MURDERED BY THE MOB"
JOHNNY SCUDATO | John Merolla |
In the past eight years John Merolla muscled his way on to the big screen, becoming a principal/stunt actor. In his first year of his acting career he decided he had a passion for the business, Merolla grew up in Brooklyn New York and later moved to Long Island. During his time in Brooklyn he decided to use his experiences and surrounding, later to give life to many of his characters.
Some of Merolla's roles on the big screen Compliance, Man on a Ledge, Revenge of the green dragons, Pain, Snitches, Vampire bikers, Mobster Confessions, Married to a Mobster, , Dark Knight rises, Take it Back, also known for The Bensonhurst Spelling Bee and Boardwalk Empire where he played Mickey Doley's body guard for four season's, Now Merolla is the producer and director of the longest running murder mystery diner theater show Murdered by the Mob where he also stars as Johnny Scudato the new mob boss in this fun "whodunnit?!"
New yorks finest
OFFICER SPUMONI I RALPH BRACCO I
Born and raised in New York this Queens native feels that growing up during the 60's and 70's gives him an edge.
Some of the best Movies and TV shows were part of his childhood and he absorbed all that they offered along with the performances of those actors in them which he finally got to emulate when he started acting late in life. Typical NYer, its like he learned his art in the streets. A versatile Actor he takes on numerous character types, the Edgy NYC Detective or Cop, the Caring Doctor or a Mean-Spirited Gangster and a Humbling comedic Dad. Some of his TV and Movies included ...Law n Order SVU, Shades of Blue, New Amsterdam and numerous ID Channel crime dramas also Kingpin, The Irishman, and Wizzard of Lies and many others. A big thrill was getting to work with some of the biggest names in the business, many of which he had watched in his childhood, it was a great experience, he also has done numerous commercials
He loves comedy and his well timed Comedic improv ability fits perfectly in being a cast member of Murdered by the Mob .
He portrays many of the characters in the show so you never know which role he will be playing that evening..along with that he is also the MBM stage manager and co-producer .He is also a passionate Yankee fan and two personal acting notables for him are, he portrays Billy Martin in the play Batboy and then also portrayed Joe Torre in Derek Jeter's ,The Captain promo .
I am a passionate Actor and love being in this industry. I love what I do, and want others to see that love shine through in all of my work. And being that I’m a native New Yorker, I know what it means to have that edge and hope to bring it to all my work....
Go Yanks !
Big Pauly's Widow
DONA ROSELLA | Theresa Della Valle |
Theresa can be seen as Dona Rosella in the longest-running Interactive Comedy Murder Mystery,Murdered by the Mob. Her stage credits include: Life is Short (Michael Chekhov Theatre), For Whom the Southern Bell Tolls(the Acting Studio) and The Dining Room (the Krane). TV and Film credits include: Law & Order, QVC and Mambo Cafe. She studied acting at Loughborough University in England as well as here in New York at Ensemble Studios and Playwrights Horizons.
Proprietor of "Tangles" Hair salon
ANTOINETTE RUSSO | Lara Starr Rigores |
Lara Starr Rigores (Swing) has performed all over the country and abroad. She has been performing with “Murdered By The Mob” since 2017 and loving every minute! Lara performed with the Off-Broadway show “Fine, Funny and Female” and was also the shows accompanist. Some of her favorite roles include voicing the role of “Gardenia” on the animated T.V. series “Pokémon” playing “Claudia” on the T.V. series “Living In Exile” on Amazon Prime and the role of “Amber” in “Preying For Mercy” directed by Bill Duke. She just completed “Syzygy” a feature drama in which she plays “Kat” a quirky personal assistant.
Lara plays the role of “Alli” in the feature comedy “Gail’s New Boyfriend” which just premiered at HIFF.
Lara is also an accomplished pianist, she was the keyboardist for “YouTunes” at The Second City and Neon Venus in LA and she toured much of the country playing keys with the show “176 Keys”
Lara is always working on new and inspiring projects!
JOHNNY SCUDATO | Ron Roth |
Ron Roth , was born in New York City and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His interest in performing began at an early age. He says, simply, “As a kid, I wanted to be the center of attention.” As the man matured, however, so did the motivation. Acting, he says, “is the ultimate time machine. For that brief moment, you can be anyone, anywhere, and you can take the audience with you. For that moment, you’re timeless.” What keeps Ron going, though, is that acting is never a completed process. “Every day, you learn something new. Where else can you do that?” The path that led Ron to acting has become a familiar one, followed by such talents as Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy and Billy Crystal. About twenty years ago, Ron began doing standup comedy. “It was the quickest way to the footlights,” Ron says. “You walk in, go to the stage, and for fifteen minutes, the show is all yours.” Ron was even recruited by the government of Finland to teach a stand-up comedy workshop. , Ron has appeared in regional theater (The Miracle Worker, Plaza Suite, Wait Until Dark, The Crucible), and has appeared on television programs such as America’s Most Wanted and A Current Affair. In addition, Ron has turned in well reviewed performances in several feature films, such The Super, Innocent Blood and others Fiddler will mark his fourth appearance on the Main Street Theater stage. Of all the roles Ron has played, though, he says that the role of Tevye may be the most satisfying. “Tevye has everything – comedy, drama, pathos – everything
Rocco's gold digging girlfriend
COOKIE CAVATELLI, | April Brucker |
April Brucker is an actress, comedian, ventriloquist and writer. TV Credits include Last Comic Standing 5, Rachael Ray, Talk Soup, My Strange Addiction, The Today Show, The Wendy Williams Show, What Would You Do?, CBS Sunday Morningand Videos After Dark. Internationally, April has been seen on BBC, Telemundo, MTV Europe, and Dutch National Television. A prolific writer, April has been a contributor to The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project,and xoJane.Her books, I Came, I Saw, I Sang: Memoirs of a Singing Telegram Delivery Girland April Unwrapped: My Naked Dreams Revealedare available on Amazon. April holds a BFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is a MFA candidate in Creative Nonfiction and Screenwriting at Antioch University Los Angeles. For more information go to www.AprilBrucker.TV.
Proprietor of "Tangles" Hair salon
ANTOINETTE RUSSO | Diana Benigno |
Diana Benigno is a recent graduate from Hunter College's MA Theatre program. Favorite roles have been Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Murderer 1 in Richard III, Ariel in The Tempest, Sister James in Doubt, and the Mother-in-Law in Lorca's Blood Wedding. She has a BA in Dramatic Literature from NYU
JOHNNY SCUDATO | Walter Milani |
National & International Tours: Lt Shrank in West Side Storyin 3 continents, Zeller/Elberfeld in The Sound Of Music,Frank Manero in Saturday Night Fever; Inquistor/Captain in Man of La Mancha, Sir Edward Ramsey in The King & I; Commissioner in Damn Yankees; Sitting Bull in Annie Get Your Gun. Locally: Avram in Fiddler On The Roofat Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors; Shakespeare in The Bard-Off Broadwayat the Intar. Dracula in Dracula, Roat in Wait Until Dark; Tony Soprannini in the inter-active dinner theater The Sopranninis. Film & TV: Sonny Franzese in the Investigative Discovery Channel’s I Married A Mobsterand Salvatore D’Aquila in the short The Assassination of Salvatore D’Aquila. He’s toured 25 countries as either an actor or a company manager.
Big Pauly's Widow
DONA ROSELLA | Diane Hanna |
Diane Hanna , Actor, Photographer is based in New York. Her passion is creating the expressions of the Arts, the emotions of one's soul. She acts in film and in a off Broadway production"Murdered by the Mob " Dinner Theater, Comedy, Murdered Mystery. Her role is a widow Dona Rosella to her beloved husband. She has also cohosted on a TV internet show "Passions for life with Dee and friends "
Her other Passions is Photography, where she creates art through her photos .The Art collection is a series of horse photos, " Colour my World " and also known for her Mannequin collection "As my world stands still" .Diane has deep affection for Humanity and Animals and if she change a life through her acting and Art, that is her greatest achievement.
ART of Acting the ART of creating is her Motto in life
Master of detection...
DET. JAMES RYAN | JAMES RYAN |
James Ryan is an actor/writer/director who has been involved in Murder Mystery Inc. and The New York Mob Show since 1993 as an actor, director and stunt coordinator. A classically trained actor, James has performed at Lincoln Center, Off Broadway as Hamlet and in productions of Macbeth, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Richard II,Tarantella, La Cantata Dei Pastore, and The Adventures of Don Giovanni as Don Giovanni, among others. His many regional credits include Henry II in The Lion in Winter, Barney in The Middle Ages ( Which won him a Bigbee award for best actor) John Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet, National tours with the National Shakespeare Company, the New England Touring Company and a European tour in Macbeth as Macduff.
His Film and Television work includes roles in: Munich, The Post, The Otherworld, Legend of the Wydah, Sneaky Pete, 30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Revolution, The Perfect Murder and recurring roles in As the World Turns, The Americans, Mysteries at the Museum and those New York institutions - Law and Order and Law and Order SVU.
James is the father of three grown children, two bad dogs, and wants nothing more than world peace... or at least a piece of the world. Just a little piece. Peace.
COUNCILMAN O’REILLY | Michael Morana |
Michael Morana is a New York Born and raised Actor/ Producer of both Film and Theater. He Started acting in school Plays as a child. He studied accounting at Pace University, only to realized after working for the State Controllers office that he hated sitting behind a desk all day so decided to pursue a less stable but more fulfilling career in show business.
Michael studied acting ,with Pace, Lee Strasberg, Scott Powers, HB Studios Pam Scott of Acing dogs theater, Geursh Resnick acting coach. Over the past 10 years has landed many small parts in TV and Film as well as a few very funny Commercials. Now he spends most of his time as the executive producer and director of the longest running murder mystery diner theater show "Murdered by the Mob"