Fiorello! - Lost Treasures Collection musical on Lakewood's Side Door Stage Jan. 4 & 5, 2013

Directed by Ron Daum, Assistant to Director Bobby Ryan. Ticket Prices: $20/all seats.

Fiorello-web.pngThe Lost Treasures Collection, a series of rarely performed musical gems presented in concert/cabaret version on Lakewood Theatre Company's Side Door stage, presents the second offering in its third season, the musical Fiorello! Food, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase before and during the show.

The production, with direction by Ron Daum, assistant direction by Bobby Ryan and musical direction by Alan D. Lytle, will be performed for two nights only, Friday, Jan. 4 and Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM. The show is presented script-in-hand, with minimal staging. No sets, no props (free from the usual trappings of a fully staged production). 

Fiorello!

Book by Jerome Weidman and George Abbott, (1959)
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, Music by Jerry Bock

The Story: The rise to power of New York’s Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia (1882-1947). “Tammany Hall” was up to its ears in graft, vice and corruption and it took this small, honest man to break their stranglehold on New York City politics. With guts and perseverance the "Little Flower" put a bright, new shine on the "Big Apple.”

The cast includes  Dan Murphy, Debbie Hunter-Kerns, Sean Powell, Daniel Bunten, Kylie Clarke Johnson, Lyle Bjorn, Joe Theissen and Louise Stinson.

Lakewood Theatre Company's Side Door Stage is an intimate 90-seat cabaret-style venue with general admission seating in the Community Meeting Room at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego. Food and beverages are available to purchase before and during the show.


History of the Play:
Fiorello! is one of only eight musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama due to its significant historical content. The show concerns New York City mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, a Republican who governed around the time of the Great Depression. The book by Jerome Weidman was based on the 1955 work ‘Life With Fiorello’ by Ernest Cuneo. The show features music by the creative team of Fiddler on the Roof, Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock. The original Broadway production was directed by George Abbott and premiered in 1959. It won Tony Awards for Abbott (Best Director), Tom Bosley, (Best Featured Actor) and Best Musical (tied with Sound of Music).


Ahead of its time when it premiered in 1959 and often called a neglected masterpiece, Fiorello! is a classic Broadway musical that features heartbreaking ballads (“When Did I Fall in Love”), rousing chorus numbers (“Politics and Poker”) and melodic showstoppers (“Little Tin Box”) to tell the story of one small, honest man’s struggle against corruption in big-city politics. With guts and perseverance, Fiorello H. LaGuardia put a bright, new shine on “The Big Apple” and became one of the most enduring figures of the 20th century.

Production History

  • Original Broadway Production: November 23, 1959 - October 28, 1961; Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway Theatre, (795 performances). The original cast included Tom Bosley (Fiorello), Bob Holiday (Neil), Nathaniel Frey (Morris), Patricia Wilson (Marie), Pat Stanley (Dora), Howard Da Silva (Ben Marino), Mark Dawson (Floyd), Ellen Hanley (Thea), Eileen Rodgers (Miss Mitzi Travers).
  • Broadway Revival: June 13 - June 24, 1962; City Centres Theatre, (16 performances).
  • Broadway Revival:  February 1994; Encores! New York City Centre Series.

Photos:

Ron Daum - Lakewood Theatre Company

  Ron Daum, Director

Alan D. Lytle

  Alan D. Lytle, Music Director

Dan Murphy in Fiorello!, 2013 - Lakewood Theate Company

Dan Murphy as Fiorello

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Debbie Hunter as Marie

Joe Theissen in Fiorello at Lakewood Theatre Company, January 2013

Joe Theissen as Ben