Music by PETER HILLARD | Libretto by MATT BORESI
Directed by JENNY LORD | Music Direction by STEVEN McGHEE
Scenic Design by LEE SAVAGE | Costume Design by CAMILE ASSAF
Lighting Design by MARCUS DOSHI
Presented by the New York Musical Theater Festival in a BMP world-premiere in 2005
Don Imbroglio is an opera you can't refuse a side-splitting musical theatre experience about opera and the mob, divas and gangsters, love and pastry, and a requiem for a dead cat.
The FBI and IRS have cracked down on Don Imbroglios front organization, the non-existent Staten Island Grand Opera and if he doesn't produce an opera quickly, his entire family will go to jail! Meanwhile, the Dons collegiate daughter, Angelica, brings her hapless boyfriend home for the first time to attend the wedding of the Dons temperamental son, Dante who has his own hands full with his hot-blooded bride, Donna, and broken-hearted ex-girlfriend, Chastity. All the while, the lecherous family consiglieri, Lascivo, guns for a piece of the action any way he can get it. After an evening of gun play, word play, poisoned cannoli, whacked cats, and slamming doors, the family gets down to business and produces an opera in Italian with sur-titles written by a "friend of the family," who ahem, doesn't quite speak Italian.
The cast for DON IMBROGLIO included Nick Dalton as Dante, Arielle Doneson as Angelica, Robert DuSold as Don Imbroglio, Valerie MacCarthy as Donna, Raymond Jaramillo Mcleod as Joey, Vale Rideout as Cesar, and Wayne Schroder as Lascivo, and Erica Schroeder as Chastity. The ensemble includes Allison Hilliard, Charis Fliermans, Constantine Germanacos, and Duane McDevitt.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
Hilliard and Boresi – Peter Hilliard (composer) (ASCAP) and Matt Boresi (book/lyrics) “specialize in high antics of the comic musical” (DC Theatre Scene), comic opera, and art song. Their chamber opera The Filthy Habit was performed this spring with newly commissioned orchestrations by UrbanArias in Washington, DC, and featured Metropolitan Opera soprano Jennifer Aylmer. (“An uproarious farce!” – DC City Paper) Filthy was performed previously as part of “An Opera Grows in Brooklyn” by American Opera Projects/Opera on Tap, and has been performed at the OPERA America National convention, the National Opera Association National convention and Manhattan Opera Theatre.
Other works by Hilliard and Boresi includes two productions in the New York Musical Theatre Festival: Going Down Swingin’, a jazzy 1950’s take on Don Giovanni (“One of the festival’s most inventive musicals and one of it’s most successful” - Variety. “Subtle and insightful… a thoroughly scrumptious affair” - Backstage. “The best show of the festival… it works perfectly” - Broadway Bullet. NYMF Award for Best Ensemble), and Don Imbroglio - An Opera You Can't Refuse, a modern day opera buffa workshopped at both New York University and the Lark Play Development Center.
Hilliard and Boresi’s work was performed by Tony nominee Christiane Noll as part of the York Theatre’s NEO Festival, and they have been featured twice by New York Theatre Barn at the D-Lounge. They created the opera-bouffe The Brazilian (Alliance Francaise New York), the puppet review Eat Your Greens: Verdi by Vegetables (Dixon Place, Open Circle Arts, Great Small Works), and the performance piece The Staten Island Grand Operas Administrative Intern Presents: Tosca. Their choral work, Consider Krakatau was commissioned and performed by the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Choir, Anna Crusis Choir, and Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and their Cell Phone Madrigals and Farmball Songs (a song cycle for baritone), have received numerous performances across the US.