PAST EVENTS

 

Sept. 19th - Oct - 20th, 2013 – Production

First production of ESAURA, a new musical with songs by John and a book by Danish writer Mads Nielsen. The show was produced at The Fredericia Theatre in Fredericia, Denmark after being translated into Danish by Mr. Nielsen. It was directed by Broadway veteran Susan H. Schulman, and orchestrated by Tony Award winner Bruce Coughlin. The production garnered raves from audiences and reviewers, and there will hopefully be future productions in the US, the UK, and other countries.

                                                                                                  

October, 2009 – Shows Available

Both John’s revue “It’s Only Life” and his Broadway show, “A Catered Affair” are now available for Stock and Amateur productions. For more information, please contact the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization at theatre@rnh.com or (212) 541-6600.


 

November 2nd - 7th, 2009 – Master Classes

John conducted a series of Master Classes in Boston. There were also two concerts, one on the 6th and one on the 7th where John accompanied students who participated in the classes. The masterclasses and concerts were sponsored and organized by The Vox Humana Project and Eric Larivee Enterprises.


 

March 19th - 21st, 2010 – Master Class

John gave a Master Class at Ohio Northern University.

 

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June 4th to June 27th 2009 – Australia Tour

John toured Australia doing concerts and Master Classes.

He gave two performances at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival on June 7th and 10th, a concert in Melbourne at Manchester Lane on June 14th, a concert in Sydney at the Supper Club on June 20th, and a concert in Hobart Tasmania at the Theatre Royal (the oldest theatre in Australia) on June 23rd.

The master classes were held at the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Ballarat, and The APO School of Music (all in and around Melbourne) and at the Supper Club in Sydney.

John was joined in his songs on the first, third and fourth concerts by some of Australia’s best singers including David Campbell, Hayden Tee, Mark Trevorrow, Nick Christo, Ali McGregor, Avigail Herman, Darren Percival, Ursula Yovic, Lucy Maunder, Virginia Gay, Chris Durling, Tyran Parke, Lincoln Hall, Chelsea Plumley, Chris Parker and Anne Wood.


 

May 16, 2009 – Andrea Marcovicci's 60th Birthday Concert

Andrea Marcovicci sang John's song "Don't Ever Stop Saying 'I Love You'" (from "A Catered Affair") at New York's Town Hall with John at the piano.


 

April 20th, 2009 – Master Class 

John gave a Master Class at Shorter University in Georgia.


 

Monday, March 9, 2009 – Performance 

John performed a concert of his songs, “John Bucchino and Friends,” at Birdland in N.Y.C. The “friends” included Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ann Hampton Callaway, Justin Paul, Benj Pasek, Lucas Steele, Jessica Phillips, Jamison Stearn, Zak Resnick and Jacqueline Hester.


 

February 23rd, 2009 – Master Class

John returned to give his second Master Class at one of his favorite schools, Elon University in North Carolina. Many thanks to the head of their incredible program, Cathy McNeela!


 

February 7th & 8th, 2009

Actor Alan Cumming sang John’s song “Unexpressed” at New York’s Allen Room as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. Alan subsequently recorded the song for his album “I Bought A Blue Car Today.”


 

February 6th, 2009 – Master Class

John gave a Master Class at Yale University.


 

November 17th, 2008 – Award

John’s revue, “It’s Only Life,” was given the Los Angeles Ovation Award for “Book/Lyrics/Music for an Original Musical.” (A terrific birthday present!) Huge thanks to Daisy Prince, the extraordinary cast, Michael Jackowitz, the Rubicon Theatre and everyone connected with the production.


 

November 3rd, 2008

John performed a rare solo concert of his songs at New York City's legendary Birdland on Monday Nov. 3, 2008. He performed familiar material from his CDs, some songs from his recent Broadway show, "A Catered Affair" and also some seldom performed and brand new songs!


 

June 19 - July 13, 2008

World Premiere of John's Musical, "IT'S ONLY LIFE" at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, CA from June 19, 2008 through July 13, 2008. Click here for a short video. *The songbook is available now!*


 

July 11th – August 7th, 2008

“Simeon’s Gift,” the children’s musical for which John wrote the lyrics, Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton wrote the book and Ian Fraser wrote the music, had 5 performances as part of an evening called “The Gift of Music.” “Simeon’s Gift” was arranged for symphony orchestra by Harold Wheeler, and the evening, which began with a first act tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein, was hosted by Julie Andrews (she even sang!) The wonderful cast included Stephen Buntrock, Anne Runolfsson, Christiane Noll, Kevin Odekirk and Jubilant Sykes. Performances were in Louisville, two evenings in Los Angeles (at the Hollywood Bowl,) in Atlanta, and Philadelphia. 


 

May 16th, 2008 – Award

“A Catered Affair” was chosen Best Musical by the New York Drama League.


 

March 2008 – July 2008: A Catered Affair

“A Catered Affair” with John’s music and lyrics and a book by Harvey Fierstein ran for 116 performances at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre. The show starred Faith Prince, Tom Wopat, Harvey Fierstein, Leslie Kritzer and Matt Cavanaugh. The Drama League named it the year’s Best Musical, and Clive Barnes gave it 4 stars and wrote in his N.Y. Post review:

AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, A MUSICAL OF NOTE

“HUMOR, yes, but humanity? That's rare in a Broadway musical. When it does come along - as it did last night, when "A Catered Affair" opened at the Walter Kerr - hug it to your heart.

It emerges less like a musical and more like a play with music: lovely, urban chamber music.

Harvey Fierstein's book is nominally based on Gore Vidal's screenplay for the 1956 movie, which in turn was taken from Paddy Chayefsky's teleplay, presumably as a starring vehicle for Ernest Borgnine.

But it's Chayefsky's spirit that dominates the scene, and Fierstein has captured his 1950s, working-class milieu to perfection.

This Bronx tale, with its interlocking, underlining and quietly beautiful music and lyrics by John Bucchino, skims along the edge of sentimentality to find honest sentiment in this story of a young soldier's death, a wedding and a taxi.

This is no run-of-the-mill Broadway musical - there's no chorus, no dancing. Just evocative music (perfectly orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick) interwoven with spoken dialogue, an authentically devised set by David Gallo and Ann Hould-Ward's brilliantly drab costumes.

It's simply a musical with an honest heart, and that's enough.”

 



 

April 17, 2008 – Opening Night 

Opening Night of "A Catered Affair" on Broadway.

                                                                                                  

March 25, 2008  

The first preview performance of "A Catered Affair" on Broadway.


 

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It’s Only Life is the newest musical revue of John’s songs, co-conceived and directed by Daisy Prince. It was developed at Musical Theatre Works and had a full production as part of 2004’s first Summer Play Festival in New York City. In January of 2006, it was performed in a concert version as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series and was recorded for the PS Classics label (with that same amazing cast) the following week.

The songs not already included in the Grateful Songbook will be available in a new It’s Only Life songbook from the Hal Leonard Corporation.

Stock and amateur dramatic performance rights to IT'S ONLY LIFE may be obtained by contacting Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals at (212) 564-4000 or www.theatre@rnh.com. 

The extraordinary performers participating in the recording are Brooks Ashmanskas, Andrea Burns, Gavin Creel, Jessica Molaskey and Billy Porter. John is at the piano accompanying them. The show features 23 songs which span John’s career, 14 of which have not been recorded by John before. There are vocal arrangements by Jason Robert Brown as well as John. The songs included are:

1. THE ARTIST AT 40 (All)
2. UNEXPRESSED (Gavin)
3. PAINTING MY KITCHEN (Brooks)
4. SWEET DREAMS (Jessica)
5. PLAYBILL (Billy)
6. THAT SMILE (All)
7. LOVE QUIZ (Andrea)
8. A CONTACT HIGH (Gavin)
9. WHAT YOU NEED (Billy)
10. WHEN YOU’RE HERE (Jessica)
11. IT FEELS LIKE HOME (Gavin)
12. A POWERFUL MAN (Billy)
13. I’M NOT WAITING (All)
14. PROGRESSION (John)
15. IT’S ONLY LIFE (All)
16. LOVE WILL FIND YOU IN ITS TIME (Gavin & Andrea)
17. IF I EVER SAY I’M OVER YOU (Brooks)
18. THIS MOMENT (Andrea)
19. ON MY BEDSIDE TABLE (Brooks)
20. I’VE LEARNED TO LET THINGS GO (Jessica)
21.TAKING THE WHEEL (Gavin & All)
22. GRATEFUL (Billy)
23. A GLIMPSE OF THE WEAVE (All)

In his New York Times review of the show, Stephen Holden writes:

“On the growing roster of younger New York songwriters jockeying for recognition in the gray area between the art song and pop, John Bucchino occupies a special niche. Mr. Bucchino, whose work was showcased by Lincoln Center's American Songbook series on Friday evening, personifies the therapy-sensitized, new-age-savvy metrosexual seeker of love and truth minutely cataloging his adventures on the street of dreams.

Mr. Bucchino's flowing, finely made piano ballads describe an urban single life in which relationships come and go in cycles of yearning, fulfillment, heartbreak and healing. Romantic love is a serious quest undertaken as a race against time. In a burst of self-appraisal like "The Artist at 40," you can practically hear the clock ticking.

That search for a lasting relationship is part of a deeper philosophical quest. Two of Mr. Bucchino's best-known songs, "Grateful" and "This Moment," describe personal epiphanies: yearning gives way to rapturous flashes of insight in which the songwriter recognizes life's blessings and realizes that the moment is all there is. But more often than not, he is dogged by insecurity and fear. Personal victories, like the sense of mastery expressed in his buoyant song "Taking the Wheel," are hard won.

Mr. Bucchino's language sometimes verges on the flowery. "Grateful," with its hymnlike harmonies, for instance, conspicuously rhymes "truly" and "duly"; the song preaches gratitude. But Mr. Bucchino never wastes words. Songs like "Painting the Kitchen," an amusing depiction of home improvement as a therapeutic exercise during which the narrator carries on an interior dialogue with his therapist, emphasize his gift as a witty phrasemaker in the Sondheim mold.

These were among more than 20 Bucchino songs woven into a suite in "It's Only Life" at the Allen Room at Frederick P. Rose Hall, where the composer, playing piano, accompanied

five singers in a survey of his impressive output. As the show progressed, fragments from earlier songs were brought back as a linking device that gave the concert a steady dramatic arc.

The singers, Brooks Ashmanskas, Andrea Burns, Gavin Creel, Jessica Molaskey and Billy Porter, brought conviction and personality to their monologues. Collectively they evoked a group therapy session peopled by creative, high-strung articulate Manhattanites approaching middle age with high expectations, high anxiety and open hearts.”

John writes:

It’s been a dream of mine for many years to put together a revue of my songs. Now, thanks to the brilliance of Daisy Prince and the participation of some of the best performers around, we have It’s Only Life.

We recorded the show on Feb. 1st and 2nd, 2006 in two intensely focused sessions. The singers did a miraculous job of capturing my intentions for the material while dramatically infusing it with their own personality and unique musical style. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the result. I hope you enjoy!


 

Sept 20th - Oct 28th, 2007 

"A Catered Affair" ran at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.     Click here to read Harvey Fierstein's blog on the development of   the show.

                                                                                                  

January 27th, 2006 – Performance 

"It's Only Life", a musical revue of John's songs co-conceived and Directed by Daisy Prince, was presented in a one-night concert version at Lincoln Center's Allen Room. The show featured five extraordinary singers performing a powerfully moving collection of both familiar and new compositions with John at the piano.

                                                                                                  

January 27th, 2006 – Award

John was the winner of the first annual Fred Ebb Award for musical  theater songwriting. The award ceremony was held on Nov. 29,  2005 at the Roundabout’s American Airlines Theater on 42nd St. The award was presented to John by Broadway legend Chita Rivera,  and many other theater luminaries were in attendance including John Kander, Harvey Fierstein, Hal Prince, Sheldon Harnick, Rupert Holmes and Stephen Flaherty.

                                                                                                  

Sunday Sept. 25, 2005 – Performance

John performed an evening of his songs at Unity Church in Chicago.

                                                                                                  

Aug. 28, 2005 – Performance

John was one of 3 performers featured in a series called TRIOS at  The Duplex in New York City.                                                

                                                                                                  

July 8th, 2005

John appeared at The Encore, in NYC, as part of a musical theater education program called "Summer in The City." John premiered some material from his new musical "A Catered Affair" (book by Harvey Fierstein), performed some of his more familiar songs, and answered audience questions.

                                                                                                  

  • John performed a set of his songs in the "Gay Valentine Music Celebration" a Benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids on Feb. 12, 2005 at Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. N.Y.C. Other performers included The Paul Taylor Dance Company, The Gay Gotham Chorus, The Ambassador Men's Chorus, The Canticum Novum Singers and many wonderful cabaret artists. For more information, please visit www.gayvalentine.com.
  • John was honored with The Duplex Cabaret Theatre Award for Composers at the Hoboken Cabaret Festival on Saturday, February 26, 2005 at the DeBaun Auditorium. John and others performed several of his songs, and the legendary writing team of Maltby and Shire were also honored.
  • John's CD "On Richard Rodgers' Piano" was recently chosen by Show Business Weekly as the Best Instrumental Cabaret CD of 2004. Here's what they said:
  • John Bucchino "On Richard Rodgers' Piano" (Art Food Music): Just because the competition was limited in this category doesn't make John Bucchino's achievement, On Richard Rodgers' Piano, any less amazing. Recorded on Rodgers' Steinway, Bucchino plays some of the master's classics with a freshness and insight that will leave you breathless. Destined to be a classic itself, On Richard Rodgers' Piano is one of the best CDs of the year! (David Hurst).

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  • John's song "I've Learned to Let Things Go" has been recorded by Cris Williamson on the new CD entitled "Cris & Holly," which features John on piano. Please visit http://www.hollynear.com/themusic.html to order.
  • On November 6, 2004, John participated in an ASCAP evening of cabaret performers called "Songs of Our Time" in Chicago. He also performed an evening of his songs at Chicago's Davenports Piano Bar on November 7th and did a master class with the talented students at Roosevelt University on November 8th.
 
  • On Oct. 7, 2004 John performed his songs at New York City's Opia cabaret with special guests Lucas Steele and Michael Arden.

 

  • "It's Only Life" - Very successful run from July 27th - August 1st 2004.

John and noted director Daisy Prince put together a revue of John’s songs called “It’s Only Life” which was presented as part of the Summer Play Festival in New York City. The show ran for 7 performances at the Samuel Beckett Theater on 42nd St. The brilliant cast included Michael Arden, John Bolton, Andrea Burns, Jessica Molaskey and Billy Porter, with John at the piano.


Back row: Amy Thompson (Stage Manager), Billy Porter, Daisy Prince (Director), John Bucchino, Jessica Molaskey, Andrea Burns.
Front row: Jonathan Verge (Production Intern), Kristin Hoesl (Production Intern), John Bolton, Michael Arden, Matt Berman (Sound Designer).

The show takes many of John's songs, both favorites and unfamiliar, to the next level by adding not only visual elements, but also rich new vocal arrangements by Jason Robert Brown, Jeff Blumenkrantz and John.

Plans are in the works for a future NYC production of the show as well as a recording!

  • One June 26, 2004, John performed an evening of his music at the Cinegrill in Los Angeles.
  • On May 17, 2004, John won his 4th MAC (The Manhattan Association of Cabarets) Award, this one as "Singer Songwriter." The cabaret community's annual celebration filled New York City's Symphony Space with great music, comedy and camaraderie.
  • On April 24, 2004, John performed in two shows in Houston at Ovations Night Club (located at 2536 Times Blvd. at Kirby Drive in the Rice Village).
  • On February 27th, 2004, a reading of a new revue of John’s songs called “It’s Only Life, The Songs of John Bucchino” was done at Musical Theater Works in New York City. The piece was co-conceived and directed by Daisy Prince, and the stellar cast for the reading included Brooks Ashmanskas, Andrea Burns, Gavin Creel, Jessica Molaskey, and Clarke Thorell. John was at the piano. Plans are in the works for an off-Broadway production.
  • John performed a solo show of his songs as a benefit for the Gay and Lesbian Center in New York City on Sunday January 18th, 2004.
  • John was a special guest at the 10/29/03 Carnegie Hall concert of pals Michael Feinstein and Jimmy Webb. John performed Jimmy’s song “If These Walls Could Speak” and his own “If I Ever Say I’m Over You” (the lyric of which is included in Jimmy’s book on songwriting: “Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting.”)
  • John performed a solo evening of his songs on Wednesdays in July and August 2003 at the Duplex. Thanks to the wonderful audiences who made this another great series of shows.
  • John performed his new solo cabaret show "ARCHIVES" at New York City's Duplex throughout September 2002.
  • John gave a master class and performed in a solo concert at the Clarke Recital Hall at the University of Miami on January 18, 2002.
  • John performed a solo evening of his songs at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Wilton, Connecticut on Sunday October 28th 2001.
  • John's solo show, "IT'S ONLY LIFE" returned to The Firebird Cafe for three more sold out performances September 1st, 8th, and 15th 2001.
  • John was the guest of honor at the third annual Open Call Festival of New Musicals in Boston, MA on June 30th 2001. John performed his own work from 3HREE, Joseph, King of Dreams, Grateful and more. He also emceed a performance of songs by Boston composers and lyricists, served on a feedback panel in response to a new theatre work, gave a master class, and mingled with guests at a public reception in his honor. (Sponsored by the New Opera & Musical Theatre Initiative in association with North Shore Music Theatre, Boston Music Theatre Project at Suffolk University, and The ASCAP Foundation.)
  • John performed his solo show, "IT'S ONLY LIFE," to sold out houses at New York City's Firebird Cafe on June 9th, 16th and 23rd 2001.
  • 3HREE had a production at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles. Previews started on April 17th 2001, opening night was April 25th, and performances continued through June 10th. The show, put together by Broadway legend Harold Prince, consisted of three short musicals: THE MICE, LAVENDER GIRL (with songs by John, book by playwright James Waedekin and direction by Scott Schwartz) and THE FLIGHT OF THE LAWNCHAIR MAN (directed By Mr. Prince.)The 3HREE CD is available through this website (click here to order) and in stores everywhere.
  • John won the prestigious Kleban Award for lyric writing. The award is given once each year in memory of the late Ed Kleban (best known as lyricist of "A Chorus Line").
  • JOSEPH, KING OF DREAMS (the Dreamworks sequel to PRINCE OF EGYPT) for which John wrote the songs, won four Video Business Video Premiere Awards: Best Animated Video, Best Song ("Better Than I"), and Best Director and Best Screenplay.
  • On February 8th 2001 at a luncheon at the Riga Royal Hotel in New York City, John was one of the recipients of the Jonathan Larson Award. The award is generously provided by the estate of the late Jonathan Larson (best known for his musical, RENT) as financial assistance to theater composers and lyricists.
  • The one-act musical "Lavender Girl" (one of the segments of URBAN MYTHS, John's full length musical), with songs by John and a book by Los Angeles playwright James Waedekin, has become a part of a show called 3HREE. Put together by famed Broadway director Harold Prince, the evening features 3 short musicals, each by a different writing team and a different director (the third piece is directed by Mr. Prince himself.) John's piece is directed by Scott Schwartz, who has been involved with URBAN MYTHS since its inception. 3HREE had its first production at the Prince Theater in Philadelphia (John's birthplace) in the fall of 2000 where it got rave reviews in both the local papers and the New York Times. A cast album on DRG Records is now available through this website and in stores.
  • In December of 2000, "TAKING THE WHEEL, an evening of Bucchino songs" was presented in four performances at New York's Duplex as a benefit for The Storefront, a new theater company. This was the first time an evening of John's work was put together with which he was not directly involved. (He did attend one evening and perform a couple of numbers.) The show was directed by Phil Geoffrey Bond and featured a cast of wonderful singers.
  • The Dreamworks animated video, JOSEPH, KING OF DREAMS, for which John wrote the songs (including "Better Than I"), is now available for purchase or rental in stores everywhere. Ben Affleck provides the title character's speaking voice, while his singing voice is that of longtime Bucchino collaborator and pal, David Campbell. Other voices in the video include Maureen McGovern, Jodi Benson ("The Little Mermaid"), Mark Hamill and another dear friend, Judith Light.
  • On November 1st 2000, Dreamworks hosted an old-fashioned Hollywood Premiere for JOSEPH for which they flew John out to Los Angeles. David Campbell also flew in (from Australia!) The event took place at the historic -- and appropriately named -- Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, complete with belly dancers, fire eaters, camels, a red carpet and T.V. cameras. JOSEPH has already won numerous awards and glowing reviews from all who've seen it.
  • The November 2000 issue of "Opera News" magazine features an article on John and his music, including a photo taken at the Hollywood Bowl.
  • On October 26th 2000, Patti LuPone performed "Unexpressed" on the Rosie O'Donnell show.
  • John performed his songs in two solo concerts Sat. October 7th and Sun. October 8th 2000 at The Cabaret Connection at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St., Cambridge MA.
  • On Sunday July 23rd 2000 John performed his songs in a solo concert at the Cinegrill in Los Angeles.
  • On July 21st and 22nd 2000, John played piano with Michael Feinstein and the L.A. Philharmonic when Michael premiered a new orchestral arrangement of John's song "Grateful" at The Hollywood Bowl.
  • On June 3rd and 5th 2000, Patti LuPone sang John's song "Unexpressed" in a duet with cellist Yo-Yo Ma with the Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by John Williams. The June 5th performance was taped by PBS for their show "An Evening With The Pops" and aired on Boston on July 20th and in other cities around the country on or near that date. It may air again, so be on the lookout -- it's gorgeous! (And you'll notice Patti blow a kiss to John, who was in the front row, at the end of the song.) Be sure to check out Patti's CD, MATTERS OF THE HEART, on which she sings 3 of John's songs: "Unexpressed", "Playbill" and "This Moment" accompanied by piano and string quartet.
  • John was featured on the cover of the May 2000 issue of Cabaret Scenes Magazine. Peter Leavy wrote a wonderful 5-page article on John's career, entitled "John Bucchino: A New American Songbook". Website located at www.cabaretscenes.com
 
 
 
 
 
 

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