Linda McLaughlin, that veteran of stage and screen, has FINALLY been nominated for a Tony award, and she’s a shoe-in to win! But Linda, on the cusp of achieving that elusive dream, mysteriously dies while dining out with entertainment journalist Kelly Livingston at a neighborhood Italian restaurant. Detective Janovski is on the case, and finds herself zeroing in on the odd behaviour of Nicolo DiPuglia and his son Nicky, who own the family restaurant. What killed Linda McLaughlin? And did it have anything to do with another actress, sweet young Rosie Poole, just at the beginning of her career and nominated for her first Tony Award in the same category as Linda McLaughlin? Would anybody dare try to rig a Tony?
Character Breakdown for “Rigatoni”
NICOLO DiPUGLIA, early 60s, co-owner of Il Trullo restaurant.
. CARLA DiPUGLIA, late 50s, Nicolo’s wife.
. ALESSANDRO DiPUGLIA, mid 60s, Nicolo’s brother and co-owner of the restaurant.
. NICKY DiPUGLIA, 19, son of Nicolo and Carla.
. NONNA ROSA, 83, mother of Nicolo and Alessandro.
. MR. ROTHSTEIN and MRS. ROTHSTEIN, both in their mid 70s, frequent customers of Il Trullo.
. ROSALITA POOLE, 23, daughter of Nicolo and Carla, an up-and-coming actress/singer.
. JAKE SHAPIRO, early 30s, Rosie’s boyfriend, a playwright and lyricist.
. KELLY LIVINGSTON, mid 30s, an entertainment journalist.
. TODD, mid 30s, Kelly’s boyfriend.
. LINDA McLAUGHLIN, 60-ish, a famous actress.
. BARRY MORGENSEN, early 60s, Linda’s husband.
. Two EMTs.
. TEDDY, a potential customer.
. DEATH SEAT DINERS, three restaurant customers.
. ANDREA JANOVSKI, 40-ish, an N.Y.P.D. detective.