Come on people back on stage: al Orion Theater of Rome the theatrical tour of the musical on the life of St. Francis celebrates its 40 years of success
Back on October 9, 1981, exactly 40 years ago, a Musical Comedy debuted at the Teatro Unione in Viterbo, which in a few years would become a real show-cult of the entire national scene, reaching beyond its geographical borders, to be translated into eight languages, and represented in countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Poland, Ukraine, Albania and Belarus. It is precisely thevery Italian Come on people.
3,500 performances, over 2 million and 500 thousand spectators in Rome alone, in Piazza San Giovanni, on 16 August 2000, on the occasion of the World Youth Day. The show gathered 250,000 visitors, and in Padua, in the Appiani Stadium, together with Pope John Paul II, over 30,000 spectators attended the representation.
The original music CD has sold hundreds of thousands of copies in Italy and abroad over the years. Definitely numbers from dizziness for a musical show, everything proudly Italian.
On the occasion of the fortieth anniversary (1981-2021), the SONI PRODUCTIONS Srl offers a new version of Come on people. Faithful to the original in terms of plot and contents, in dramaturgical development and musical scores, but profoundly renewed in terms of technology and in the quality of the staging.
So much so as to bring the Musical Comedy back to the atmospheres of a real Musical with a Northern European image, while remaining deeply anchored to the majesty of a figure, that of Saint Francis, who in the world is an icon of apostolic culture and emblem of Catholic spirituality.
The plot, centered on the figure of the Patron Saint of Italy, tells the values and emotions of everyday life, but dedicates interesting moments and intense reflections on the relationship between fathers and children, often contaminated by different expectations and distant values, which feed suffering dichotomies, in a desperate search for mutual love. In this particular case, a crude and trivially materialistic Trader cannot understand the higher and transcendent goals of the Son. And, in many ways, he is too humanly understandable: St. Francis is considered a revolutionary figure in the Christian Church: Pope Pius XII, will define the “the most Italian of saints and holiest of Italians”. A too tall stature, perhaps, for a modest personality like that of his father Pietro Bernardone.
The show therefore offers two different levels of reading: on the one hand the representation of a documented truththe description of a context within which the figure of St. Francis of Assisi moves, on the other, the relationship between fathers and sonswhich does not need historical references, because it is part of the history of humanity, of all generations and of all eras.
20, including Actors, Singers and Dancers, will accompany us on this musical journey, which tells the story of one of the most important figures of Christianity. A journey in some respects mystical And spiritualfor others, elegant entertainment and overwhelming sympathy.
Technical and artistic cast:
- Written by: Mario and Piero Castellacci with the collaboration of Renato Biagioli and Pietro Palumbo
- Directed by: Ariele Vincenti
- Music by: Michele Paulicelli, Giampaolo Belardinelli, Giancarlo de Matteis
- Music collaboration: Achille Oliva, Aldo Tamborrelli, Carlo Giancamilli
- Mauro Mandolini: Pietro di Bernardone
- Stefano di Lauro: Friar Francesco
- Giulia Gallone: The Ragged
- Giulia Cecchini: Saint Clare
- Benedetta Iardella: Poverty
- Michelangelo Nari: The Devil
- Simone Cravero: The Wolf
- The soloists: Nico Buratta, Antonio Cardelli, Francesco Catalfamo, Gioia Chiarini, Virginia Comazzetto, Flavio Di Marzo, Gaia Macca, Martina Salvucci, Lorenzo Tanfetti, Veronica Zanin
- Music Director: Fabrizio Barbacci
- Music Director and Arranger: Guglielmo Ridolfo Gagliano
- Scenes: Alexander Chiti
- Costumes: Daniel Gelsi
- Choreographies: Dalila Frassanito
- Vocal coach: Robert Colavalle
- Cast Supervisors: Andrea Casta
- Artistic director: Michael Paulicelli
- Social Media Manager: Manuel Nevolo
The tour in Rome
- Rome – Orion Theater: Monday, 12/26/2022, 18:00
- Rome – Orion Theater Tuesday, 12/27/2022, 21:00
- Rome – Orion Theater Wednesday, 28/12/2022, 21:00
- Rome – Orion Theater Thursday, 29/12/2022, 21:00
- Rome – Orion Theater Friday, 12/30/2022, 21:00
- Rome – Orion Theater Saturday, 12/31/2022, 9.30pm
- Rome – Orion Theater Sunday, 01/01/2023, 18:00
- Rome – Orion Theater Thursday, 05/01/2023, 21.00
- Rome – Orion Theater Friday, 06/01/2023, 18.00
- Rome – Orion Theater Sunday, 07/01/2023, 4.30 pm
- Rome – Orion Theater Saturday, 07/01/2023, 21.00
- Rome – Orion Theater Sunday, 08/01/2023, 17.00
- Rome – Orion Theater Thursday, 12/01/2023, 21.00
- Rome – Orion Theater Friday, 13/01/2023, 21.00
- Rome – Orion Theater Saturday, 14/01/2023, 4.30pm
- Rome – Orion Theater Saturday, 14/01/2023, 21.00
- Rome – Orion Theater Sunday, 15/01/2023, 17.00
- Rome – Orion Theater Thursday, 19/01/2023, 21.00
- Rome – Orion Theater Friday, 20/01/2023, 21.00
- Rome – Orion Theater Saturday, 21/01/2023, 4.30pm
- Rome – Orion Theater Saturday, 21/01/2023, 21.00
- Rome – Orion Theater Sunday, 22/01/2023, 5.00 pm