November 19th, 2017
We introduce to you our Director!
Vincent Pelligrino is a jack-of-all-trades performer, musician, director and teacher. Originally from Michigan, he holds a BA Theatre from Wisconsin Lutheran College, and an MFA Theatre-Acting from West Virginia University. As a director and music director, Vincent displays passion and showmanship - and to 'Ciao Bambino', he brings a personal connection.
"With a name like 'Pelligrino', I have always felt a connection to my Italian heritage. This musical brings the energy of a generation of Italian-American immigrants; and the magic of New York city in the 1950's. While still maintaining a family friendly story, the musical explores the importance of familial relationships, and what it truly means to be "Italian".
It is so refreshing to work on new, totally original material. The music of 'Ciao Bambino' ranges in style from tarantella to pop ballad. There truly is something for everyone." 🇮🇹😊
Meet our Scenic Designer!
JOSHUA WARNER (Scenic Designer) is an award-winning scenic designer for theatre, film, and television. Off-Off Broadway: Nathaniel Hill's immersive production of Cleopatra: The New Pop Experience (Theater for the New City). Touring: Noel: The Brooklyn Christmas Story, Macbeth, Good King Wenceslas (Stages on the Sound). Film: Muse (2017), The Book of Living and Dying (2016). Television: The 34th Annual EVVY Awards, The Mike Cantalupo Show (EmChannel). Upcoming: Boys From Syracuse (Off-Broadway), A Wonderful Life (Narrows Theatre). Recipient of an EVVY Award for Best Scenic Design and for Best Production Design for Television. He is currently full time staff and adjunct lecturer of Scenic Design at CUNY York College. BFA: Emerson College. www.joshuawarnerdesign.com
October 26th, 2017
Autunno felice! Happy Autumn! We have been busy polishing up our script and music this Fall, and building our creative team. October is also National Italian American Heritage Month!
We are pleased to welcome the talented Vincent Pelligrino (MFA West Virginia University) on board as Director/Co-Book Writer, Jesse Raye Court (MFA Rutgers University) as Costume Designer and Allison Hohman (B.A New School) as our Lighting Designer!
We will finish Casting this December, with rehearsals starting right around the corner in January! Thanks again to everyone for their continued support and enthusiasm, we absolutely can't wait to bring this story and music to life! We are still accepting advertisements for our Playbill, if you or someone may be interested, as well as Associate Producers!
Ciao Bambino's Indiegogo Campaign Launched June 1st, 2017!!
Help us bring our show to Off-Off Broadway in 2018 at the 13th Street Repertory Theater!
Donate today to receive advanced tickets, autographed playbills, invitation to VIP Cast Party, Italian lessons, Singing coaching, an Associate Producer credit plus more!!
Midtown International Theater Festival
New York, New York
Ciao Bambino presented it's first staged reading November 11,2016 at the Workspace Theater Company's Jewel Box Theater with the following cast:
Tia Andriani, Ari Axelrod, Moriel Behar, Ashley Brooke,Gianmarco Colucci, Morgan Daniels, Anna DeBlasio, Lisa Franklin, Andrea Galata, Taylor Johnson, Bob Long, Trevor Nalepka, Juliana Phillipi, Gina Simone, Elizabeth Turner, Kasey Yeargain, Mijon Zulu
Accompanied by Andreas Häberlin on Keyboard
CIAO BAMBINO ALSO TOOK HOME THE PLAYWRIGHTS AWARD FOR BEST STAGED READING AT THE FESTIVAL!