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.
The damage caused by the breaking of a water jug spills its contents over three generations until 3 strong women find their own ways to heal. Based on a true 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.
"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
"I was swept away in the music and lyrics, the visuals, the narration. Such a powerful, vibrant tribute, and the sense of longing brought through the very roots of our being. It was a magnificent night! " – Renee Gabrielle Heckler, Editor
The Minissale Dress Shop
Book, Music, Lyrics by Patricia King Haddad
A Musical that fuses Jazz, Opera and Brazilian Rhythm
We're happy to announce that two songs from La Giara - The Water Jug, "Isn't It Love" and "A Little Pinch of This And That", were chosen among 180 submissions to be performed in a very special and prestigious concert in Brookfield, CT on August 4th. The concert "Fresh Baked Musicals" was a Concert sampling of new musical theatre composers, organized by author, Carol de Giere. Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) presented one of his songs from Schikaneder, a new show about the making of Mozart's The Magic Flute. It was a great night of music!!
"Isn't It Love" - voted best love song in New York's York Theatre Love Song Competition 2018!
LAST LA GIARA PERFORMANCE APRIL 13, 2019
WORLD CAFE LIVE, PHILADELPHIA
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...
Excerpts of live performance, YouTube Song Links