A Story about Longing

Hot-tempered Nunzio, explosive as Mount Etna in Sicily, thinks he wears the pantaloni

in his family until his wife and two daughters suddenly disappear...​

The MANSION

​​​​​​Inside the fairytale Italian palazzo, filled with gold mirrors, fountains, operatic music and singing birds, sad spirits long for love to quell the family curse.

​​​​La Giara

The Water Jug​​
Book and Stage Musical



Book, Music and Lyrics

by Patricia King Haddad 

Based on a true story...



Meet the MINISSALEs

​​​The Minissale Dress Shop

La Giara (The Water Jug) merges Italian Folk and Opera with Brazilian Choro and Jazz, telling the story of a family’s emigration from Sicily to Philadelphia. Comprised of dramatic and comedic compositions, La Giara expresses themes relevant to gender oppression and cultural losses that immigrant families transcended while adapting to a new world. 

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"A Music Score that  evokes melodies of  Puccini,  swing of American Ragtime,  lyrics of Gilbert and Sullivan,  drive of Brazilian rhythm, and memorable songs of  ​Musical Theater."

​– Jimmy Raiford, Independent Broadcast Networks

MUSIC and VIDEO

 Excerpts  of live performance