Photo Credit: Irvin Rivera
certainly hasn’t been “idle” with her time since rising to fame on the tenth season of American Idol.
In addition to performing with Jennifer Lopez
as a singer in her Las Vegas-residency show “Jennifer Lopez: ALL I HAVE”
at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino as well as releasing a handful of singles and music videos, the Queens-born singer is now acting or the first time ever in For The Record: Scorsese—American Crime Requiem
at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
The show, which runs now through Oct. 16,introduces audiences to MARTY’S PLACE—a four tier venue rising from the depths of the orchestra pit to the height of the light grid—taking audiences from a Lower East Side dive bar to an Italian restaurant, a Las Vegas casino to a classic rock concert stage. As characters rise through the physical space so do their positions in life: from drunken degenerates at the bar to couples on dinner dates, the rich VIPs seated in the casino to the Gods of Rock looking down on us all. The evening will highlight 40 years of Scorsese’s storytelling through films such as GoodFellas, Casino, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street
and more. In this production Toscano portrays Karen Hill from Scorsese’s biographical crime drama Goodfellas
. Originally from Queens, Toscano immediately felt a connection with this specific director and was excited to join the group For The Record
after seeing their show For The Record: Tarantino
in Los Angeles. Here, this songbird-turned-actress shares her insider’s guide to the City of Angels.
Where were you born: In New York!
How long in LA: 5 years. Move to LA to compete on American Idol
Neighborhood: Los Angeles
Favorite Restaurant: Hugos & Sugarfish
Best Sushi: Sugarfish!!!!!
Best Italian: il Pastaio or Dan Tana’s
Best dessert: Pinkberry :)
Best place for a romantic date: IPic in Pasadena
Best Sunday brunch: Cecconi’s or Malibu Cafe
Best place for a power business meeting: Soho House
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Mondrian
Favorite shopping venue/boutique: zara top shop and nasty gal
Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: xiv karats in Beverly Hills
Best Spa: burke williams
Favorite Charity Event: american cancer society & the Humane Society
Favorite Cultural Event: columbus day parade NYC
Favorite Cultural Institution: The Met
Best Steakhouse: STK
Best Pizza: Newpark Pizza Howard Beach NYC
Best Lunch: Sweet Green
Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Barrys Bootcamp
Best Massage: Thai
Best Limousine/Driving Service: uber Black
Best Museum/Exhibit: LACMA
Describe your city in three words: sleepless, exciting, home
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Rome
All-around favorite spot in Los Angeles: Manhatten Beach
Best Aspect of Los Angeles: The Weather
The Greatest life lesson I’ve learned from Scorsese would be to be true to your artistry & to Commit 110% to the story you want to tell.