50th Anniversary of Broadway Debut
Rugantino, one of Italy’s most successful musicals, is coming to New York City Center to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its debut on Broadway. See Italy’s top comedian Enrico Brignano as Rugantino, plus 70 actors, dancers and singers!
Set in 19th century Rome, Rugantino tells the story of a fun-loving scoundrel 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.
Created by Garinei and Giovannini and written in collaboration with Pasquale Festa Campanile, Massimo Franciosa and Luigi Magni, Rugantino debuted at Teatro Sistina in Rome on December 15, 1962. It later opened on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theater, where it played a sold-out, three-week run 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 role that had been played by such famous performers as Nino Manfredi and Enrico Montesano.
Produced by Mf Produzioni in conjunction with Music Experience.
Performed in Italian with English subtitles.