The Scintas

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The Scintas were a music and comedy variety group.[1]

The group began in 1977 as The Scinta Brothers, consisting of Frankie and Joey Scinta, brothers from Buffalo, New York.[2][3] They got a job performing at the chain of Playboy Clubs, including a stint at the Playboy Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City in 1981.[4][5] Their younger sister, Chrissi Scinta, joined later.[6] Drummer Pete O'Donnell was added to the group around 1987.[7] In the late 1980s, after Frankie overcame a cocaine addiction, the Scintas became prominent supporters of the "Just Say No" anti-drug campaign.[8][9]

The group toured throughout the eastern United States for many years.[3] They were particularly popular in Akron, Ohio, where they performed regularly at the Tangier cabaret.[4][10]

In 2000, the Scintas moved to Las Vegas and began performing at casinos, with resident shows at the Las Vegas Hilton, Rio, Sahara, The D, and Plaza casinos through the years.[2][11][12]

Chrissi retired from the group in 2013 because of throat hemorrhaging.[6][13] She was replaced first by Ashlee Amoia and later by Janien Valentine.[14] Joey Scinta died in 2017, and the group continued on without him.[11] A year later, Frankie transitioned to performing under his own name, rather than as The Scintas, though O'Donnell continued to play a major part in the show.[11][15]


  1. ^ Bob Talbert (August 1, 1996). "National mags add a touch of Michigan". Detroit Free Press – via
  2. ^ a b John Katsilometes (November 17, 2017). "Las Vegas entertainer Joey Scinta dies at 69". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  3. ^ a b Dan Herbeck (June 25, 2002). "Hitting the jackpot". Buffalo News – via NewsBank.
  4. ^ a b Mike Weatherford (May 12, 2000). "Family recipe". Las Vegas Review-Journal – via NewsBank.
  5. ^ John Corr (April 17, 1981). "Hef's newest hutch hits the Boardwalk". Philadelphia Inquirer.
  6. ^ a b Robert J. McCarthy; T.J. Pignataro (November 19, 2017). "Joey Scinta, West Side native and part of famed Las Vegas act, dies at 69". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  7. ^ Connie Bloom (February 24, 2000). "Scintas get a full house". Akron Beacon Journal – via NewsBank.
  8. ^ "Scinta says no". Akron Beacon Journal. November 22, 1987 – via
  9. ^ Norm Clarke (March 12, 2016). "Nancy Reagan's war on drugs was personal for Frankie Scinta". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  10. ^ Mark Faris (January 30, 1986). "Buffalo-based Scintas are buffaloed in Akron". Akron Beacon Journal – via NewsBank.
  11. ^ a b c Mitch Hotts (June 6, 2018). "Hotts Spots: Show must go on for Scintas despite losses". Macomb Daily. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  12. ^ F. Andrew Taylor (March 10, 2016). "Scintas family show brings back Vegas charm". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  13. ^ Robin Leach (April 25, 2013). "The Scintas miss their sister Chrissi — but find love with Janien Valentine". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  14. ^ Kerry Clawson (July 25, 2013). "The Scintas to bring a bit of Vegas to Akron". Akron Beacon Journal – via (Part 2 of article)
  15. ^ Brock Radke (October 15, 2018). "Frankie Scinta gets comfortable at the South Point Showroom". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2018-10-17.