This summer marked the first time my wife, Jacqueline Petroccia, and I took her solo show SOMETIMES PATSY CLINE on the road as a benefit for the Flat Rock Playhouse in North Carolina. We had a great time raising money for this theatre and working with some fantastic local musicians!
Shortly thereafter, I started work on revisions to ROCKIN' ROAD TO DUBLIN, a rocking Irish Dance show which has been touring the west coast this fall and will head out again in February 2017. I've been involved with this show for several years and it's been amazing to watch it grow! I am the music supervisor, arranger, and orchestrator for a great eight-piece band, featuring two singers. I provided production services including keyboard programming and implementing a show control system for this project, as well. In mid-November, the band and I traveled to Nashville to record the official cast recording, which will be available early next year! (Photo of the RRTD band by Brian Doherty)
It's been a blast to become more involved with the incredible DOO WOP PROJECT this year, as well. I've been fortunate to play several shows with these amazing Broadway veterans and world class musicians! (Photo by Wayne's View Photography)
I had a bit of Christmas in July when the York Theatre produced a reading of MOONSHINE AND MISTLETOE, an Appalachian Christmas show I've been developing for several years with DJ Salisbury and Larry Moore (formerly known as CHRISTMAS UP THE HOLLER). It was great to revisit this material and take another step toward finding licensing for this great show.
This October, I had a great time finally getting a chance to play THE PRODUCERS! I was lucky to take over the Keyboard 1 chair for the end of the run at the Papermill Playhouse. This show has always been one of my favorites and now we can say everyone in our house has worked on it. Thanks to Eric Ebbenga and James Moore for the opportunity!
This fall, it's been my honor to play rehearsal piano for the incredible new Broadway musical NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, starring Josh Groban. This has been one of the most eclectic and challenging scores I've ever gotten my hands on and I'm incredibly grateful to the entire music team for the opportunity to have a tiny hand in this project. GREAT COMET is like nothing you've seen on Broadway and I urge you to check it out! (Photo: GREAT COMET Opening Night: Isaac Alter, Sonny Paladino, Brent Frederick, Or Matias. MIA, but there in spirit: Matt Doebler)