Local creators and cast to premiere new musical at Proctors in April

SCHENECTADY — A local songwriting team together for 50 years is debuting their first musical at The Addy at Proctors Theatre April 26-29.
Herb Weisburgh of Albany and Ed Munger of Schenectady wrote “Love in Firenze” over the past 15 years. The two-act musical will be performed by an all-local cast under the direction of Steve Suriano of Schenectady.

“This has been a labor of love for more than a decade, and Ed and I are so pleased to bring this original show to local audiences at Proctors,” Weisburgh said.

The lighthearted musical set in the 1980s tells the story of an American family vacationing in Firenze (Florence), Italy, who each find their own romance in the city — with some surprises along the way.

At the play’s heart is an Italian opera singer and her two romantic rivals, one from the American family, the other from Firenze, vying for her affection.
There are plenty of laughs, singing and dancing, twists and turns, along with beautiful, romantic lasting ballads as the characters try to sort out a love triangle and a case of mistaken identity.

The play features Anna Starr of Schenectady and Phil Bruns of Cropseyville in the lead roles of Lucia and Victor, Bill Douglas of Rensselaer as Antonio, Erin Zielinski of Albany as Hilde, Mike Collins of East Berne as Sergio, Miriam Miller of Northville as Maria, and Jaynie Parmenter of Voorheesville High School, the 2017 best actress winner of the Proctors High School Musical Theatre Awards, as Victor’s daughter, Amy.

“Love in Firenze” also features a talented group of performers in the ensemble. Playing the show’s music are Tom Aery of Schenectady and Ray Kim of Troy, the musical director.

Munger composed all of the show’s music, while Weisburgh wrote the lyrics; they wrote the book together.

They began “Love in Firenze” in 2003. A staged reading at The Colonial Little Theatre in Johnstown nine years ago was also directed by Suriano, who has been an integral part of readying the production for its world premiere at Proctors.

Munger has been a longtime guitar instructor, while Weisburgh retired from a career in clinical social work.

“Love in Firenze” will play April 26-29 at The Addy at Proctors. For information and tickets: https://www.proctors.org/event/love-in-firenze/