"Vivianna", the new musical. In the tradition of "Rent", and "Miss Saigon", a modern day retelling of the famous opera " La Traviata". Composed by Frank Anthony D'Agostino (See plot summary listed below)
A mix of ballads and dance mixes. Featuring the hit dance single: "The Boy you want is gay"! (As heard on the Scott & Todd show WPLJ New York. Nominated for a 2002 "Perry Award", and "MAC Award".
BACK STAGE ( NY)..... Always a beguiling vocalist.
HX MAGAZINE ( NY).... A Vocal Morph between k.d. Lang and Streisand!
ENCORE MAGAZINE (NY)...File her under " F" for future Superstar!
BACK STAGE ( NY): Roy Synder.
" Belliveau does commendable work....
D'Agostino's songs are melodically
attractive and in the main well crafted.
Heard individually several would score."
BERGEN NEWS: Larry Ledford.
" D'Agostino's current crop of songs
indicates an emerging talent of promise..."
ELECTRONIC JOURNEY LINK ( NY) : Jon Lee
"D'Agostino's ballads are deftly written and lovely to hear........
The songs are upbeat funny and sometimes emotionally revealing.
Michael Belliveau has a strong voice.... A collection of catchy well song show tunes."
" COURIER NEWS" PAMELA HUGES:
D'AGOSTINO HAS WRITTEN SOME BEAUTIFUL MUSIC. THE SONGS RANGE FROM SOUL- SEARCHING, TO COMEDIC ,TO TORCHY.
VIVIANNA * PLOT SUMMARY:
VIVIANNA is a musical drama about forbidden love. Its themes are both timeless and timely.
The setting is Manhattan, l990's, the hubbub fashion "glitterati" club scene. A superficial world filled with parties, drugs, sex and emptiness. The opening song of the show is a production number entitled "The Drugs, The Sex" which takes place at a party/ event held in honor of Vivianna, the title character, she is the current "it" girl. She appears to have it all the fame, the glamorous modeling career, the fortune and the wealthy and powerful lover, James Weinstock. Vivanna's success has not come without compromise, however, and much of what seems to be true including her relationship with James is a hollow illusion. Vivianna, when we meet her, has all but given up on finding true love or happiness. She is disillusioned, dispirited, and her health is deteriorating due to years of physical and emotional abuses.
As ACT I progresses, Vivianna encounters Alfred Van Dant, a wealthy scion who is ill suited to the party/polo scene. He sings the song" Love From a Distance" as he admires Vivianna from afar. He pursues her and she rebuffs his initial advances with the song "Go Away," believing that their differences far outweigh any mutual attraction they may feel. But Alfred persists and as ACT I closes, we see Vivianna begin to dare to hope for some happiness she expresses this in the song " Could a Young Love Save Me?". The song is later reprised in Central Park as the lovers Vivanna and Alfred sing point counter point about their hopes of love. Vivianna soon begins to reflect upon her life as she sings, " I Played the Game" in which she expresses the hollowness of her life, as she attempts to dress for yet another promotional party in her honor.
Her relationship with Alfred is growing steadily and the two lovers express this love in " You were supposed to be..." Soon Vivianna conspires with her lifelong friend and confidante, Demitri, to leave James and her career and move to Connecticut and begin a new life. The first act ends with another production number similar in scope to the opening number, at what will now be Vivanna's final promotional duties. The chorus, Vivanna, and Dimitri sing " New York City Streets," which expresses the agony and the triumph that the "City" can bestow upon its dreamers. At the finish of the song Vivianna, Demitri, and Alfred run off to their new lives in the Connecticut Countryside.
As ACT II opens, we find the trio of Alfred, Vivianna and Demitri carving out new lives and new careers in the idyllic countryside. The lovers sing, " There were dark days." Before too long, Vivianna receives a chilling visit from Alfred's mother, Constance Van Dant, who demands that Vivianna stop her relationship with Alfred. Mrs. Van Dant pleads her case with the song " He Was a Child." Vivianna is taken aback but, because of her own lingering doubts that she's good enough for Alfred, decides to leave before they fall even more in love. Vivanna begins to write a goodbye note to Alfred with the song " I Know I will never see." She then decides to rip up the note in hopes that Alfred will hate her, and not try to find her. Alfred misinterprets her gesture as cold abandonment and feels he overestimated her as a person and the power of their love. He sings, " It should have been me" imagining that she has gone back to her former lover James for monetary reasons.
Separated, Alfred and Vivianna flounder. They have seen true love and everything else seems like a sham. Several scenes and songs occur including a circuit party in Palm Springs with a production number called "The Boy you want is gay!" and a solo number by Marta, a young Vivianna "wanna-be" called " I'm in The "A" Crowd," expressing her joy at finally arriving into the social scene. It is at this party where Vivianna and Alfred and James have a confrontation.
Soon Vivianna discovers that she is carrying Alfred's child and decides to have the baby even though the medical complications are predicted to be life threatening to her. She briefly reprises " I Know I will never see." Alfred knows nothing of the child or the whereabouts of Vivianna.
Alfred is still distraught nearly a year later as he sings, " There was a Magic." Sensing her son's desperate state, Mrs. Van Dant Confesses to Alfred her plot to rid Vivianna from his life. Alfred goes to Vivianna.
As the play ends, Vivianna and Alfred are reunited only long enough to realize what they lost and for Vivianna to give Alfred a lasting and precious gift borne of their love. Alfred reprises " There was a Magic" as he holds the dying Vivianna.
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