Fred Barton, Toni DiBuono
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"THE TWO SVENGALIS spotlights rapier-sharp words and a score that ranges from torchy ballads to lilting swing—with a healthy dose of Broadway brass —dark subtext and dry humor, two fascinating characters, and a book that is most intriguing. Toni DiBuono provides the perfect balance of showbiz pizzazz and human frailty. Tuner's offbeat quality is sure to appeal to sophisticated theatre crowds."
– Mars, VARIETY
"This witty and entertaining show tells the intentionally florid story of two people who, driven by a need for revenge against their former lovers, rise to fame and fortune. Barton's songs have real craft behind them and DiBuono is a wonderful comedienne. In short, this is a fine piece of work."
– Barbara & Scott Siegel, THEATERMANIA
What happens when a hack songwriter
is faced with the daunting task of transforming
an amateur singing housewife
into the greatest singer/actress in the world?
The inevitable: he succeeds.
And what happens when an amateur singing housewife
is faced with the daunting task
of transforming a hack songwriter into the toast of Broadway?
The inevitable: she succeeds...
And together they conquer the world—and each other—in fifteen songs...
And only they know who they really are...
THE TWO SVENGALIS!
FRED BARTON: One day during my first year in New York, after setting up my coaching studio, I greeted a shy, terrified housewife from New Jersey, who had come to me at the command of her husband, who apparently held weekly business dinners at their home and enjoyed having his wife entertain their guests with performances of showtunes. Her obvious lack of confidence and enthusiasm (call it sheer terror), fascinated me. She only came to me once or twice (I was not the ideal prescription for terror-stricken clients) – but I never forgot her story, and eventually my writer's mind began to twitch: – what was behind the husband's compulsion to send his wife into Manhattan for singing lessons? What was he doing back home during his wife's absence? And what if the choice of singing coach was not as random as picking a name out of the Back Stage classifieds? And that's when my memory of George duMaurier's Trilby started to kick in.
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THE TWO SVENGALIS
The original cast recording of
THE TWO SVENGALIS,a new musical entertainment with music, lyrics, and orchestrations by Fred Barton, and book by Fred Barton and Toni DiBuono. Drama-Desk-Award-winner Toni DiBuono and Bistro-Award-winner Fred Barton are the performers. The score is in the tradition of the Golden Age Of Broadway.
from the original cast recording
Toni DiBuono and the Fred Barton Orchestra
at the Metropolitan Room (March, 2012)