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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Musical - "Fiorello" Music by Jerry Bock and Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick Book by Jerome Weidman & George Abbott

Show Dates: June 7, 8 , 12, 13, 14, 15 2002.
All performances are in the Theatre at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts
36 Greenfield Avenue, North York, Ontario M2N 3C8 (Yonge & Sheppard)
 
Director
Lou Paonessa
Executive Producer
Linda Vachon
Choreographer
Bernardine Nelligan
Musical Director
Anne Bolger
 
 
 
Story of Fiorello
From the creators of "Fiddler on the Roof", winner of six Tony Awards in 1960, including best Musical, Composer, Libretto and Supporting Actor (Tom Bosley), winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award "Best Musical", Winner of the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Based on the true story of Fiorello LaGuardia, the aggressive, extrovert US Congressman and Mayor of New York.
 
Fiorello (Little Flower) is a gruff-voiced, dynamic, colourful, provocative and yet thoroughly honest politician.  Seeing wrongs that needed righting LaGuardia announces that he intends to run for Congress in a district where no Republican has ever been voted into office.
 
Fiorello joins the workers of Nifty Shirtwaists, who are on strike, and gives a rousing lecture on the deplorable social conditions of the city among the working classes—sweat-shop labour, tyrannical bosses, long hours, low wages, etc.
 
Running for office, LaGuardia pursues a vigorous campaign by going to all the different ethnic groups that make up the city, speaking to them in their own language. He succeeds in creating an electoral upset when he becomes the first Republican the district has ever sent to Washington. 
 
While in Washington, he becomes an active supporter of the "Draft Act" (this being the time of World War I). To him, the draft is the only way to build an army in a democracy. The “Draft Act” is passed and Fiorello promptly enlists. 
 
Ten years pass. Fiorello is married to Thea who is seriously ill. He is still a political reformer and decides to run for mayor against the current incumbent, James J. Walker. Walker attempts to have Fiorello killed but somehow LaGuardia manages to survive. However, tragedy strikes in that his wife dies.  
 
His efforts win him the mayoral ticket and - he marries his long time secretary, Marie, who had been in love with him for many years.
extra newspaper   Read former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's letter to  Staff Arts
The Staff Arts production of "Fiorello" is in the News at the North York Mirror
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