Robbie and Paul Rescigno were honored on January 31 in Manhattan with the 2011 Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Duo or Group. Performers Christine Elbersole, Colin Quinn and Jessica Molaskey were also among the winners at the event which was hosted by Emmy winner Bruce Vilanch from Hairspray.
Robbie and Paul Rescigno both graduated from Milford Senior High School in 2002 and attended Syracuse University where they each received degrees in acting. Now they are living and working in New York City while performing their own cabaret theatre. During their freshman year of college the twins were encouraged by Jerry Thompson, former Band Director at the Milford High School, to begin their own show. It was that suggestion that inspired Robbie and Paul to continually develop a show during their tenure in college. They kept notes and drafts as they waited for their chance to bring it to life.
In 2009 the twins were given the opportunity to open two shows for a friend and were asked to perform as front runners of their own show shortly after. The show “The Rescignos” has two formats; one that features only Robbie and Paul and another that involves an entire cast of actors. Robbie described the show as a “vaudevillian feel with a contemporary comedy.” Most of the music is original pieces written by a friend, Michael Hadge.
Two performaces that have become popular among the fans at home are the “Delaware National Anthem” and “Facebook Friend in Me”. The Delaware National Anthem is a comedic attempt by the twins to spice up the attractiveness of Delaware while they sing about the state’s “last remaining dinosaur and world’s first time machine.” Facebook Friend in Me is a great performance where they make fun of the absurdity of social interactions on the online network.
Paul and Robbie also work full-time in the television industry in New York City. Paul works for the Late Show with David Letterman and Robbie at NBC Broadcasting. They perform in other acting productions when they can and enjoy watching the world-class theatre New York has to offer.
Thinking ahead to the future they both admit that it is wide open. “We would love to get involved in television but we will take whatever comes our way,” laughs Paul. “We are allowing ourselves to be surprised by life,” commented Robbie.
“The Rescignos” performances can be found at http://therescignos.com/ or by simply searching the term “The Rescigons” on youtube.com.