ON THE AIR
Thursday, May 18 at 8pm
Friday, May 19 at 8pm
Saturday, May 20 at 2pm
Saturday, May 20 at 8pm
Sunday, May 21 at 3pm
Music by Robert Farruggia
Book and Lyrics by Robert Farruggia and Cristina Farruggia
An homage to the golden age of musical theatre, On the Air has gone through a number of prominent festivals/readings, most recently presented at The York Theatre’s Developmental Reading Series, where it was directed by Tony Nominee Hunter Foster. It is an original musical inspired by Jack and Loretta Clemens, a real life sibling Vaudeville duo that went on to star in Radio and Television. After their father’s death, Jack convinces his reluctant sister to break into show business. But when Loretta’s career surpasses Jack’s, their relationship is tested and each sibling must decide what they truly want. It’s a story that deals with major changes in society and entertainment throughout the early half of the 20th century, but at its core, On the Air focuses on the bond of family and how far one will go to achieve their dreams.
About the Artists:
Robert Farruggia (Music, Book and Lyrics): As a composer, Robert developed “Family Album,” a cabaret act with his sister, Cristina, for which he composed more than half the songs. His first musical, On the Air, was presented as part of The York Theatre’s Developmental Reading Series, where it was directed by Tony Nominee Hunter Foster. It was also a finalist for the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat as well as the Santa Fe Musical Theatre Festival. His second musical, The Store Under the Portico, takes place in WWII Italy. As an author, he has written two novels and holds an M.F.A. in Children’s Literature from Hollins University. As an actor, he performed in the closing night of Les Miserables on Broadway and was a finalist in the 2015 Lotte Lenya Competition. Recent credits: Man of La Mancha (Padre) at Bristol Riverside Theatre, Forever Plaid (Jinx) at the Bickford Theatre, Sweeney Todd (Tobias) at the Fulton Theatre, and Fame (Schlomo) at the Macau International Music Festival.
Cristina Farruggia (Book and Lyrics): Cristina’s first musical, On the Air, was recently seen at The York Theatre as part of their developmental reading series, directed by Tony Nominee Hunter Foster. It was selected as one of ten musicals for The PiTCH series as part of the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival and was a finalist for the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat as well as the Santa Fe Musical Theatre Festival. Besides, On the Air, Cristina recently finished working with her brother on their second musical, The Store Under the Portico, which takes place in Italy during WWII. She attended Rider University on a full tuition acting scholarship and received her MA from King’s College London where she studied Shakespeare in conjunction with the Globe Theatre in London. She played Fantine in the closing performance finale of Les Miserables on Broadway and as a member of Actors’ Equity, Cristina’s recent credits include Shout! The Mod Musical (Green Girl) at The Depot Theatre, Grease (Rizzo) at Summer Theatre of New Canaan, and South Pacific (Dinah) at The Delaware Theatre Company.