"Pure Imagination" takes the audience on a journey through the neurotically funny to the heart-aching and emotional. With his animated and captivating stage presence and with songs/dialogue adapted and performed by Richard Costa, with direction by Amy Weinstein and musical direction and arrangements by Steven Ray Watkins, we are given a true glimpse into the life of some one we can all relate to.
Along with the production, Costa decided, with much encouragement, from producer & Partner Gary Sitomer, to recorded "Pure Imagination" the album with track after track of soaring, emotional vocals and soul felt words. With Richard Costa we are given a glimpse of something really fantastic.
Rick was born and raised in South Jersey and received his Bachelor of Music Theatre Degree from the Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music, in Winchester VA.
Broadway credits include:
"Cabaret", Directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall.
"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", Directed by Charles Repole.
Regional & Touring credits include:
Billy Flynn in "Chicago", at SSMT
30th Aniv. Tour of "Annie", directed by Martin Sharnin
Adam in "Seven Brides...", at SSMT
"Annie Get Your Gun" with Cathy Rigby, directed by Susan Schulman.
"42nd Street" with Gerry Orbach & Tammy Grimes, directed by Norb Joerder.
"Gigi" with Gavin MacCleod & Liliane Montevecchi, directed by Bruce Lumpkin.
"Oliver" with Davy Jones, directed by Charles Abbott.
Since Rick's arrival to New York in 1987, he has worked extensively in regional theatre including: Goodspeed Opera House, Theatre of The Stars, Theatre Under The Stars, Walnut Street Theatre, Totempole Playhouse, Maine State Music Theatre.
Showcase / Readings include:
"King Island Christmas" by David Friedman and Deborah Brevoort, directed by Pat Birch.
"I Married A Witch" by Larry Applewhite, Laurence Holzman & Felicia Needleman.