2018

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McGURK'S SUICIDE HALL

Music by JENEEN TERRANA

Book & Lyrics by EVAN EDWARDS

Siblings Emma and Pietr were forced to immigrate to New York City to find what they were denied at home. Their journey to the American Dream begins at a local bar and hotel on the lower East side of Manhattan. Here they cross paths with some colorful characters including: Paolo Antonio Vacarelli, a man who denounces his heritage to get ahead in the world; Big Mame, the star act in a cabaret composed entirely of prostitutes; Kidd Dropper, a con artist with a secret love; and Phillip, a wealthy British transplant with a secret of his own.
As Emma and Pietr search for the love they both want, the freedom they both need and the equality that everyone deserves, they confront several issues we still face today. All the while, the siblings are pushed into the dirty dealings of the hotel, a place so corrupt the only way people can checkout is by swallowing Carbolic acid.
The characters were real, except one. The issues are real. And over a hundred years ago at 295 Bowery Street, stood the hotel where sex was sold and the police were bought, where love and lust knew no boundaries except revenge. Its name...McGurk’s Suicide Hall.

SONGS

"Recent Events"

Performer: Vincent Ticali

"When Do I?"

Performer: Ned Donovan

 

"The Lies"

Performer: Jeneen Terrana

"Touch Any Star"

Performer: Adam Kaster

THE STORE UNDER THE PORTICO

Music, Book, Lyrics by ROBERT FARRUGGIA

Book & Lyrics by CRISTINA FARRUGGIA

Inspired by a true story, The Store Under the Portico is an original musical set in Mantova, Italy during the German occupation of Northern Italy in WWII. Renata Baraldi, a young spinster, takes over a fabric store for a Jewish family in hiding at the height of fascism (where women were deemed nothing more than child bearers). In a country literally torn in two, where Nazis shot Italians at random while the allies bombed them, things in Italy were not as simple as they seemed. The Store Under the Portico tells the untold story of the enemy/ally of World War II, but at its heart, focuses on the everyday lives of the people of Mantova and what they are willing to do for love --- love of country, love of family, love of neighbor -- and how these types of love can blend together.

SONGS:

“A Different Kind of Love”

Performer: Cristina Farruggia

 

“Who Needs Them”

Performers: Cristina Farruggia, Robert Farruggia

 

“Our World”

Performers: Cristina Farruggia, Robert Farruggia

 

“The Choice I Make”

Performers: Cristina Farruggia, Robert Farruggia

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LOVE POEMS:

A SONG CYCLE

Music by KARL HEDRICK

On its surface, Love Poems is story of adultery: an affair from the perspective of the other woman. Sensuality and sexual awakening are underscored by adultery being sinful and destructive. But as these immoralities are explored, new themes begin to emerge and we delve beneath the surface into a morally gray world lacking clarity or certainty. It is in the richness of this boundary-less world that Love Poems truly exists. The journey of this affair, this journey of self-discovery, is set to music that draws freely from musical theater, opera, rap, and classical music traditions.  The richness of the musical textures reflect the richness of the world the poet created while also allowing the audience to enter that world with their own unique experience and associations.

SONGS

“The Kiss”

Performer: Maggie Bera

"The Breast"

Performer: Meghan Reynolds

 

"The Interrogation of the Man of Many Hearts"

Performer: Maggie Bera

"The Nude Swim"

Performer: Meghan Reynolds

HAYMARKET

Music by DAVID KORNFELD

Book & Lyrics by ALEX HIGGIN-HOUSER

Haymarket: A New Folk Musical tells the exhilarating true story of Chicago’s infamous Haymarket Affair. Anarchist labor leaders clash with a brutal police force in a battle for survival, and violent rebels armed with dynamite threaten to destroy the labor movement before it starts. The most important untold story in American history brought to life by a company of twelve stellar actor-musicians, singing and playing through the folk, Americana and bluegrass score.

SONGS

“Look at All the Glory Here”

Performers: Brian Detlefs, Jonathan Christopher/Ensemble: Greta Kleckner, Charis Vaughn, Carrie Gabbert

"Leading the March"

Performers: Charis Vaughn/Ensemble: Jonathan Christopher, Brian Detlefs, Greta Kleckner, Carrie Gabbert

 

"Rise Up"

Performers: Brian Detlefs, Jonathan Christopher, David Kornfeld

"Blame"

Performers: Company

THE KING'S LEGACY

Music, Book & Lyrics by MICHAEL RADI

The King’s Legacy is a celebration of women’s accomplishments against all odds in a heavily patriarchal world, told through the story of Henry VIII, his wives, and his daughters. The show portrays how Henry’s obsession for a son tore his country apart, and how his daughter with Anne Boleyn, Queen Elizabeth I, unexpectedly saved them all. The musical is played in honor of the fortieth anniversary of Queen Elizabeth I’s celebrated reign (London, 1598) and spans thirty-three years between two story lines. The present consists of Henry’s attempts to obtain a son and the subsequent consequences for Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, and the English court. The future deals with Henry and Anne's daughter, Elizabeth, as she grows up, learning how to become a great monarch.

SONGS

“Patience”

Performer: Gregory Maheu

"Mary, Remember"

Performer: Jacque Carnahan

 

"Our Son"

Performers: Jacque Carnahan, Betsy Struxness, Jillian Louis, Samantha Bruce, Gregory Maheu, Michael Radi

"A Queen of England"

Performers: Samantha Bruce, Jillian Louis, Betsy Struxness, Jacque Carnahan

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