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A New, Italian-American Musical with Book by Elizabeth Turner & Vincent Pelligrino

Music and Lyrics by Elizabeth Turner & Andreas Häberlin. 


In 2012, Singer/Songwriter Elizabeth Turner created an EP of fun, flirty original songs (which six years later) would set the story of a musical! Taking time to develop a powerful script, poignant characters, and memorable music for five years. Creating "Ciao Bambino"as  Elizabeth's Master thesis at the Berklee College of Music.

In 2016, the show was presented in a staged reading at the Midtown International Theater Festival in NYC, and received an award for "Best Staged Reading". After a successful crowdfunding campaign, Ciao Bambino came to life for the first fully staged production at the 13th Street Repertory Theatre, NYC April 7th, and 8th 2018. (Off-Off Broadway) Starring Elizabeth Turner and  Directed by Vincent Pelligrino.

We welcome you on this musical journey with us, and look forward to the future of Ciao Bambino!

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Ciao Bambino is the story of a young, courageous woman from Italy who in 1950 moves to New York City in hopes of creating a new life, and ends up finding herself through music, laughter and love.

Adapting to new life in America, Elizabetta deals with the challenges of trying to fit into an “American” society, while also staying true to her “Italian” traditions.

While pursuing love and music, Elizabetta discovers her passion and joy in the areas where she least expected she would. Such as by teaching at the rowdy St. Anthony’s High school, where she discovers new and exciting challenges that await her in life.

Songs include original music that reflects the sounds of the Mediterranean infused with the sounds of the 50’s, titles including “It feels good to be Italian”, “I want to be in Italy”, “Vita Mia” and “La mia estate amore”. 

Ciao Bambino tells the story of overcoming heartbreak, and language/social barriers of Italian Americans in New York during the 1950’s.  A story filled with passion, determination, love, and laughter that the entire family can enjoy, and sing along too!


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