Straight from engagements in Rome, Milan and Florence, MF Production presents Enrico Brignano in Rugantino, in celebration of 50th Anniversary of the show’s Broadway debut, from June 12, 13 and 14, 2014 at New York City Center, 131 West 55th Street, NYC. Tickets start at $35 (premium seating is also offered) and are available at nycitycenter.org, by phone at 212.581.1212, or in person at the box office. Performances are on Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm. Rugantino will be performed in Italian with English subtitles.
Rugantino, one of Italy’s most successful musicals, comes to New York City Center to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of its Broadway debut. The show stars Italy’s top comedian Enrico Brignano as Rugantino, with 50 actors, dancers and singers, including Armando Silverini, who played Cardinal Severini in the original production. The tour will bring eight containers of equipment including updated costumes and hand-painted sets that were restored from the original production.
Set in 19th century Rome, Rugantino tells the story of a fun-loving rogue who has plenty of ruganza, or arrogance. When he makes a bet that he can seduce the wife of one of Rome’s most prominent citizens, he gets more than he bargained for. The musical is created by Garinei and Giovannini and written in collaboration with Pasquale Festa Campanile, Massimo Franciosa and Luigi Magni with music by Armando Trovajoli. Rugantino debuted at Teatro Sistina in Rome on December 15, 1962. It later opened on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theater, where it played an exclusive three-week engagement in February of 1964.
Rugantino was celebrated not only for its storyline, but also for the accuracy of the scenery, the gorgeous costumes by Giulio Coltellacci, the choreography by Gino Landi, and the melodies of the maestro Armando Trovajoli that reign supreme in the picturesque set of the vanished Rome.
The show was revived in 2010 at the Teatro Sistina, where Enrico Brignano took on the title role that had been played by such famous performers as Nino Manfredi and Enrico Montesano.
The 50th Anniversary production of Rugantino stars Enrico Brignano as Rugantino, with Serena Rossi as Rosetta, Vincenzo Failla as Mastro Titta, Paola Tiziana Cruciani as Eusebia, and Armando Silverini as Banditore/Vegliante/Conte Leopoldo.
Book and Lyrics by Pietro Garinei and Sandro Giovannini. Book in collaboration with Pasquale Festa Campanile and Massimo Franciosa. Artistic Collaborator: Luigi Magni. Music by Armando Trovajoli. Choreography by Gino Landi. Scenery and Costumes by Giulio Coltellacci. Original direction by Pietro Garinei and Sandro Giovannini, with Mise-en-Scene by Enrico Brignano.
Rugantino is produced by MF Production, with executive producer Music Experience.
June 12, 13 and 14, 2014. Performances are on Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm. :
Theater: New York City Center
Address: 55th St. Between 6th and 7th Aves.
Buy Tickets Online or Call: New York City Center at (212)581-1212