Submitted by No Square Theater:
No Square Theatre kicks off its new season with an extraordinary treat—a tribute concert from the Great American Songbook, with the actual composer at the piano.
Famed songwriter John Bucchino will be teaching a Master Class to a dozen advanced student and professional singers who will then be featured in the concert of Mr. Bucchino’s music on Sunday, February 10. Performing in No Square Theatre in Historic Legion Hall, the venue is comfortable, intimate, and constantly being upgraded by the company.
Legion Hall is Laguna’s original schoolhouse, and No Square is doing good work, carrying on the decades-long tradition of teaching, learning, and enriching our community from the iconic building.
After the terrific successes of their 2012 season, No Square will continue this year with more of the hugely popular Great American Songbook series, which focuses on the music and the stories of some of our country’s finest talents. In 2012, George & Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Frank Loesser. In 2013, John Bucchino, ‘Broadway’s Best’, and Jerome Kern. John Bucchino, a new but revered member of American writers, will be here in person. A wonderful gift to the community, not to be missed.
‘John who?’ you ask? If you don’t know the name, you likely know the music, and if you’re still out of the loop, here’s your chance to fall in love with some of the best songs you’ll ever hear, and learn why some of the world’s best singers clamor for John’s creations.
John Bucchino’s songs have been performed and recorded by renowned pop (Art Garfunkel, Judy Collins), theatre (Liza Minnelli, Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Audra McDonald), cabaret (Barbara Cook, Michael Feinstein), and classical (Yo-Yo Ma, Deborah Voight, Nathan Gunn), artists as well as The Boston Pops, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera, The Hollywood Bowl, The Sydney Opera House, London’s O2 Arena and The White House.
Among Mr. Bucchiono’s many honors are The Johnny Mercer Songwriter Award, The ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, The Los Angeles Ovation Award (for the revue IT’S ONLY LIFE), and the first annual Fred Ebb Award.
He has written music and lyrics for the Broadway musical A CATERED AFFAIR (nominated for 12 Drama Desk Awards, and winner of the New York Drama League Award for Best Musical, with a book by Harvey Fierstein), as well as the musicals URBAN MYTHS, LAVENDER GIRL, IT’S ONLY LIFE, and the Dreamworks animated film JOSEPH, KING OF DREAMS, and wrote the lyrics for the children’s musical SIMEON’s GIFT (with a book by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton and music by Ian Fraser). Some recordings of his work are: GRATEFUL, THE SONGS OF JOHN BUCCHINO, SOLITUDE LESSONS, ON RICHARD RODGERS’ PIANO, and the PS Classics releases of the cast albums of IT’S ONLY LIFE and A CATERED AFFAIR. As part of their Julie Andrews Collection, Harper Collins published a children's book, based on John’s song, called “Grateful, A Song of Giving Thanks” which was awarded the Parents’ Choice Gold Award.
On Mr. Bucchino’s work, The Houston Chronicle notes “A new American pop master... Bucchino merges the artfulness and sophistication of America’s master songwriters (Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, George Gershwin) with the contemporary style and plaintive folk quality of the top singer/songwriters who emerged in the 1970s, such as Carole King and James Taylor.” Rex Reed, The New York Observer states "If Tennessee Williams was alive and writing tunes he'd be John Bucchino." And entertainment giant Michael Feinstein praises "John Bucchino's songs are the continuation in the evolution of classic American popular song. He is a man of great talent."
WHO: A brilliant cast of vocalists, local students and professionals, including Bree Burgess, Steve McIntosh, Bailey Jaeger, E.J. Kramer, Carol Robinson, Scott Ruiz, Bridget English, Chloe Horner, Connor Berkcompas, Natalie Powers, Nora Kennedy, and Debbie Meeker, with John Bucchino at the piano, telling his own story, and including the audience in a question and answer forum after the performance.
WHAT: The Music and Mastery of John Bucchino. This concert is generously underwritten by The Retreat in Laguna. The Great American Songbook concert series is sponsored by the Laguna Board of Realtors and Affiliates Charitable Assistance Fund, the Festival of Arts Foundation, the Lodging Establishments and the City of Laguna Beach, Mark W. Brisley, DDS, and the Laguna Beach Community Foundation.
WHEN & WHERE: Sunday February 10 at 7:30 PM. Seating is extremely limited. Reserved seats are $20 and available exclusively at nosquare.org. If available, tickets may be sold at the door for $25.
WHY: Lush music from and with a living legend.