Mr. Gallico

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Opened Aug 8, 2003
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Mr. Gallico is a new musical that's a cross between the vocal growling of Tom Waits and the Brechtian style of Kurt Weill. Set in historic New York at the end of the 19th century, the play unravels a narrative of a newly arrived confidence man (Gallico) who passes himself off as a spiritualist and a medium. He sets up shop as the upstairs tenant of a butcher who in time, becomes mystified by Gallico's remarkable effect on the local women. Unable to contain his curiosity, the butcher sneaks into Gallico's parlor during a resurrection and is mistakenly identified by the mark as a figure raised from the grave. A bargain to collaborate is struck between the two men, leading them down a dark and serpentine path that will test the limits of love and memory; a haunting meditation of words and music.