This edition: John Bucchino, composer-songwriter, Pt. 1 of 2
Original tape date: April 28, 2010.
John Bucchino is a songwriter whose work has been performed and recorded by renowned pop, theatre, cabaret and classical artists including Liza Minnelli, Barbara Cook, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Judy Collins, Yo Yo Ma, Art Garfunkel, Patti LuPone, Deborah Voight, Michael Feinstein, Audra McDonald, The Boston Pops, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, in venues including Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, the Hollywood Bowl, The Sydney Opera House and the White House.
He has written scores for the musicals Urban Myths, Lavender Girl, Broadway’s A Catered Affair (book by Harvey Fierstein), It’s Only Life, and the DreamWorks animated film Joseph, King of Dreams, and lyrics for the children’s musical Simeon’s Gift (with a book by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton and music by Ian Fraser)..
Included in this special show are a video collage of A Catered Affair, (winner of the Drama League Award for Best Musical, with a book by Harvey Fierstein); “My Favorite Things,” solo piano interpretations on composer’s Steinway of the works of Richard Rodgers; “That Smile,” from a concert version of It’s Only Life, from the Helvetia Theatre, Sacramento; John Bucchino singing “Learn How To Say Good-Bye”; and a performance by special guest artist Lucas Steele.
Among Bucchino’s honors are the Johnny Mercer Songwriter Award, the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, the Jonathan Larson Award, the Kleban Award, the Los Angeles Ovation Award, the DVD Premiere Award, and the first annual Fred Ebb Award.