She Never Gave Up Her Dream
Maryann Maisano is a walking inspiration for anyone who ever wanted to follow their life’s purpose.
A successful banker earning 6 figures, living a very comfortable life, she felt stifled by the corporate lifestyle.
What Maryann wanted to do was perform: sing, tell stories, be funny, and perhaps most important, make people happy.
And so, after being in the marketing and training end of banking, with a title of Vice President of a major institution, she decided to take the leap and invest her marketing and financial skills in herself, rather than her clients.
She formulated a strategic plan. It took time, nerves, (and probably some tears), but she began to build her presence as a performer and writer. She penned a song, “City of Light” which was embraced by the legendary actor, Danny Aiello (RIP Danny). He recorded it, and…. she garnered a GRAMMY nomination! It usually doesn’t happen like that. For the determined Maryann Maisano, it does.
She also created and produced live entertainment, bringing a variety act to audiences in the tri-state area and beyond,
The Italian Chicks was born; a show with a little storytelling, comedy and song to make for an evening of entertainment. That act has been making the circuit for a number of years.
Maryann also wrote and performed her one-woman play, that is chock full of storytelling and her glorious singing voice.
Most recently, Maisano entered into the world of film making, and turned that one-woman piece, titled “Agita” (the wonderful Italian word that is not quite translatable, but mainly means acid indigestion causing a general feeling of upset) into a film, and garnered Best Actress and Best Feature at the New Jersey Film Awards, as well as numerous other international accolades.
Following a forced pandemic break, Maryann’s new Italian Chicks Variety Show is back and touring the area. To kick off the fall season, do yourself a favor and head to the Hackensack Performing Arts Center Sept. 23 to see a new line-up of The Italian Chicks. Now, it does resonate deeply with Italian Americans, but you surely do not have to be of Italian heritage to thoroughly enjoy the show.