a new musical
words by TOM DIGGS
music by JAY D'AMICO
TOM DIGGS has had worked produced at major regional theatres including East/West Players, Intiman Theatre, The Seattle Rep, Theatre Masters, Atlantic 2, and Moving Arts (L.A.). His play, Harper Lee’s Husband, was a part of the 2005 Pittsburgh New Works Festival, The Vital Theatre’s Vital Signs, and was a finalist for a Samuel French Award. Nu Shu, was part of the Kennedy Center’s New Works Festival in April 2006. The Fairy Hoax won the Aurand Harris Award at NETC in 2007, was a Princess Grace Finalist, and developed in the TRU Voices Musical Theatre Reading Series. Fair and Decent was commissioned by The Kennedy Center and The National New Play Network and opened the 2007-2008 Luna Stage season where it was nominated for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Love in the Time of Reagan was developed in New York City with a Bridgeworks/id theater, the Lark Theatre, and 24Seven Lab. Last summer, Tom’s latest musical, Milo at the Movies, was developed at Seven Devils Playwriting Conference and Aurora Theatre in Gwinnett, Georgia. Tom graduated from NYU’s Tisch of the Arts in 2007 with an MFA in Dramatic Writing. He was named a Dramatist Guild Fellow for 2007-2008 and is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.
JAY D'AMICO is a composer, arranger and pianist. Jay made a strong impact on the jazz scene with his CD Ponte Novello in 2001. He recently returned to the inspirations of Italy with his CDs Tuscan Prelude. Last year, D'Amico's latest CD Tango Caliente was released to rave reviews. D’Amico’s unique style blends jazz and classical influences. Jay studied both classical and jazz music, and his music is somewhat comparable to opera, in that it’s highly sing-able. Jazz starts from that same European harmonic tradition and incorporates African rhythms. From 1984 through September 10, 2001, D’Amico performed as the Pianist-in-Residence at New York’s Windows on the World. In 1990, he released the solo recording, From the Top. Recording with a trio comprised of bassist Ben Brown and drummer Ronnie Zito, he released Ponte Novello in 2001. The CD featured D’Amico’s original compositions along side the pianist’s arrangements of arias by Puccini, Verdi and Bellini. The Fairy Hoax is Jay’s first musical theatre score.