The Gallery Players | 199 14th Street | Park Slope
The Gallery Players present a special OVERTURES event, On the Air, as a workshop production for a five-performance run from May 18th to May 21st in Park Slope.
An homage to the golden age of musical theatre, On the Air has gone through a number of prominent festivals/readings, most recently presented at The York Theatre’s Developmental Reading Series, where it was directed by Tony Nominee Hunter Foster.
It is an original musical inspired by Jack and Loretta Clemens, a real life sibling Vaudeville duo that went on to star in Radio and Television. After their father’s death, Jack convinces his reluctant sister to break into show business. But when Loretta’s career surpasses Jack’s, their relationship is tested and each sibling must decide what they truly want.
It’s a story that deals with major changes in society and entertainment throughout the early half of the 20th century, but at its core, On the Air focuses on the bond of family and how far one will go to achieve their dreams.
5 Performances Only!!
Thursday, May 18 at 8:00 pm Friday May 19 at 8:00 pm Saturday, May 20 at 2:00 pm Saturday, May 20 at 8:00 pm Sunday, May 21 at 3:00 pm
A special OVERTURES event, On the Air will be presented as a workshop production for a five-performance run.
About the Artists in "On The Air":
Robert Farruggia (Music, Book and Lyrics): As a composer, Robert developed “Family Album,” a cabaret act with his sister, Cristina, for which he composed more than half the songs. His first musical, On the Air, was presented as part of The York Theatre’s Developmental Reading Series, where it was directed by Tony Nominee Hunter Foster. It was also a finalist for the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat as well as the Santa Fe Musical Theatre Festival. His second musical, The Store Under the Portico, takes place in WWII Italy. As an author, he has written two novels and holds an M.F.A. in Children’s Literature from Hollins University. As an actor, he performed in the closing night of Les Miserables on Broadway and was a finalist in the 2015 Lotte Lenya Competition. Recent credits: Man of La Mancha (Padre) at Bristol Riverside Theatre, Forever Plaid (Jinx) at the Bickford Theatre, Sweeney Todd (Tobias) at the Fulton Theatre, and Fame (Schlomo) at the Macau International Music Festival. www.farruggiaandfarruggia.com
Cristina Farruggia (Book and Lyrics): Cristina’s first musical, On the Air, was recently seen at The York Theatre as part of their developmental reading series, directed by Tony Nominee Hunter Foster. It was selected as one of ten musicals for The PiTCH series as part of the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival and was a finalist for the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat as well as the Santa Fe Musical Theatre Festival. Besides, On the Air, Cristina recently finished working with her brother on their second musical, The Store Under the Portico, which takes place in Italy during WWII. She attended Rider University on a full tuition acting scholarship and received her MA from King’s College London where she studied Shakespeare in conjunction with the Globe Theatre in London. She played Fantine in the closing performance finale of Les Miserables on Broadway and as a member of Actors Equity, Cristina’s recent credits include Shout! The Mod Musical (Green Girl) at The Depot Theatre, Grease (Rizzo) at Summer Theatre of New Canaan, and South Pacific (Dinah) at The Delaware Theatre Company.
About The Gallery Players
The Gallery Players has provided Brooklyn audiences with quality theater since 1967. Located in Park Slope but beloved on both sides of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Gallery Players is dedicated to producing classic and contemporary plays and musicals as well as premiering new works. Recipient of the Off-Off Broadway Review’s 2000 Award for Lifetime Achievement, the 2013 Leonard da Vinci Award from the Beaux Arts Society, and the New York Innovative Theatre Awards for outstanding musical for Urinetown, Yank, and Like You Like It. The Gallery Players’ season comprises three plays and three musicals, covering a remarkably wide range of dramatic and comedic styles. The season finale is the annual Black Box New Play Festival, which gives premiere performances of new works by playwrights.
Gallery Players resides in a 99-seat theater in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Gallery’s reputation, critical acclaim, and popularity among audiences and artists puts it in an enviable position among its volunteer-only and Off-Off Broadway comparables.
After an overwhelmingly successful inaugural season, Gallery is pleased to announce, OVERTURES: A New Musical Reading Series: Season 3. The Gallery Players has often successfully produced new musicals as part of their season, such as Yank (2007) and Like You Like It (2008). To further this idea, Gallery Players has created a new program in order to directly support the development of new musicals. OVERTURES will offer staged readings of six new musicals, thereby fostering the creation of new musical theatre and supporting the talented composers and writers as they refine their work. The series is helmed by theatre director and scholar, Barrie Gelles and will feature the talents of a roster of exceptional up-and-coming performers and directors.
Each musical will run for two consecutive nights. One may buy individual tickets for each show or purchase a season pass to the OVERTURES series.