GOING DOWN SWINGIN'
Music by PETER HILLIARD | Words by MATT BORESI
Adapted from Don Giovanni by W.A. Mozart and L. DA PONTE| Directed by JENNY LORD
Music Direction by PETER HILLIARD
Stacie Bono | Tom Deckman | George McDaniel | Meredith Patterson | Hardy Rawls | Marla Schaffel | Christopher Shyer| James Stoval
Co-produced with New Sounds Theatre| Associate Producer, Rita Paciullo
World premiere at New York Musical Theater Festival in a BMP and New Sounds Theater production, October 2007
Beth Morrison Projects teamed up with New Sounds Theatre to present the world premiere of Going Down Swingin' with music by Peter Hilliard and book and lyrics by Matt Boresi, which played at the New York Musical Theater Festival 2007 at the TBG Theater to rave reviews.
A boozing, womanizing crooner is haunted by the misdeeds of his past in this sexy and swingin' comedy, set at the end of the Radio's Golden Age. It's 1956, and Dean Newhouse is the caddish host of a radio variety show that's facing a dangerous new foe...Television. Dean has double-crossed everyone on his show, including the tragic soap queen, the All-American teen couple, the hard-boiled detective, his wisecracking sidekick, and others! As Dean struggles to keep his show afloat - and his cast from killing him - we're treated to an original score that draws from genre music of the 40's and 50's to reinvent the story of a controversial classic - Don Giovanni - to startling comic and dramatic effect.
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.
“One of the fest’s most inventive musicals [and] also one of its most successful.” -----VARIETY
"The savvy new musical Going Down Swingin' (The Don Giovanni Radio Hour)...a thoroughly scrumptious affair.... and, the entire cast sizzles."