The second edition of “Rapunzel the Musical” will debut on December 2nd at Brancaccio Theatre. This play has played an important role in the recent history of the theater production center, under the auspices of Purple productions. It is in fact its genesis.
In May of 2014 Alessandro Lombardi he met Maurice Colombi director, Milanese author who was developing a new project. From that meeting, in a bar near the Milan station, the seed was planted which bore fruit, such as the return of the splendid Lorella Cuccarini in the theatre, the birth of the aforementioned production center and of the team of professionals who set up its operational headquarters in the prestigious Brancaccio Theater and in the nascent Impero space, where rehearsal rooms and a theater academy were built over time.
And then the friendship, in work and in life, of the two driving forces behind the project”Rapunzel the musical” or Colombi and Lombards; the latter, who since 2012 had directed the first two seasons of Brancaccio Theatreunderstood that the passage towards the production of great popular shows was obligatory, both to balance the economic management of the Brancaccio theater and to give complete meaning to that long and perilous journey undertaken in 2001 to create a production chain where programming, production and distribution cohabited.
In 2020, Covid, devastating for the live sector, freezes this reality. Today the challenge to bring the spectators back to the theater is repeated.
The creative group of the first edition of 2014 is confirmed, which keeps its harmony intact and gives value to the tradition of local artistic and artisanal experiences.
“Rapunzel the musical” all Italian, written by a group of authors directed by Maurizio Colombi, is a version of the famous fairy tale by the Grimm brothers which is reworked by transforming Gothel, Grethel’s sister and Rapunzel’s stepmother, into the main protagonist and transposing the whole work into the musical genre. After the success of the Roman performances, the show began its tour of the main Italian theaters for two sensational seasons, rightfully becoming a musical classic, loved by young and old alike and acclaimed by more than 150,000 spectators.
Eight years after its first debut, this family show looks to the new generations, who never like now in the post Covid need to go back to experiencing the emotions of a great live show, to share with their family and friends. Rapunzel the musical captures the attention of viewers of all ages to live, sing and laugh all together.
Here are the protagonists of this second edition:
Lorella Cuccarini is the absolute protagonist in the role of the perfidious Gothel, shrewd and charming stepmother of Rapunzel.
Silvia Scartozzoni is the sweet Rapunzel, who growing up will show his character and find his love Phil; Silvia – already alongside Lorella Cuccarini ne “The Ice Queen the musical” in the role of the witch Nebbia – she is a very talented soprano.
Renato Raw – now a darling of the Brancaccio Theater audience having played the role of “Abdul” and the narrator in “Aladin the brilliant musical” and of “Toto” in the latest edition of “Add a seat at the table” – excellent tenor, Phil will be the light-hearted and playful thief with a generous heart, who will fall in love with Rapunzel.
The music and lyrics of the songs are original and composed by Davide Magnabosco, Alessandro Procacci and Paolo Barillari: 19 engaging songs like the “Rapunzel Dance”romantic like “Where will you be” and exciting as “A 5 star suite”.
The musical direction is by Davide Magnabosco.
The scenographic project is by Alessandro Chiti who reinterprets the settings of the medieval fairy tale in a modern key. The scenic system is made up of over 15 paintings in continuous movement thanks to the expert work of the technicians. The special effects enrich the entire show with amazement, leaving the spectators to dream. After crossing the threshold of the theater you enter a fantastic imaginary, to experience the adventure of Rapunzel the musical.
Each setting needs its own costumes and it is Francesca Grossi who has conceived and created, through the in-house tailoring of the Brancaccio Theater, that sign that adds a dose of personality to the characters.
As well as choreography and choral movements signed by Rita Pivano make the show dynamic and fun, determining the success of the ensemble.
The stylistic figure that Maurizio Colombi gives to his shows is known and recalls his passion for the “cartoon” effect, taken up in the costumes, in the make-up, in the choreography and also in some acting moments such as in the mimicry of the actors – character actors. Most of the recitations are accompanied and punctuated by sound effects played live by keyboards and percussion.
The show also features a sort of “double fiction” in the theatre, where the real characters on stage are transformed into animated drawings on video, in a continuous exchange between reality and animation.
The artistic cast consists of 19 performer actors, dancers, acrobats, singers.
Maurice Semeraro it is the King and Polyphemus, the leader of the brigands, already interpreted in the first edition. He too is a darling of the Brancaccio audience after being Jafar in “Aladin the brilliant musical”; Rossella Contu is Queen Grethel, mother of Rapunzel; Andrew Spata plays the role of the captain of the guards and my lord, adviser to the king.
In the reinterpretation of the famous fairy tale, Colombi has foreseen the insertion of some absolutely new characters created for this version, among these the royal guard “Hound”, with canine features (Mattia Inverni), who is expressed only in Grammelot; “Rosa and Thorn” (Martina Lunghi and Matilde Pellegri) the two talking flowers in which Rapunzel can confide when she is locked up in the tower; the “Spiegel” mirror which reflects Rapunzel’s conscience and gives voice to her wishes.
As in all fairy tales, the brigands, the guards, the common people and above all the figure of the storyteller, played by Giacomo Marcheschi.
The story recalls the eternal confrontation between good and evil, between the lust for the vanities of fatuous things and the taste for simple things. Thus was born the confrontation between Rapunzel, the positive heroine in search of her true identity, and the antagonist, Gothel (Go-to-Hell), a selfish woman, focused on herself and on the cult of vanity and eternal youth , who will push her to use any means to stop the inevitable flow of time. In the song “My life is her”, Gothel expresses her maternal feeling but also evil and possessive towards Rapunzel.
The other characters live and move around the two heroines: a king and a queen caught in their humanity; a cunning and likable thief who falls in love and becomes a hero; a bungling captain in command of bumbling guards; brigands and scoundrels easy to subjugate. the people and the court ready to exult or condemn.
Rapunzel the musical is a story of love, friendship, power and magic that helps us reflect on everything that deceives us like vanity and what makes us feel good like love for others.
Rapunzel’s music was written by Davide Magnabosco, Alex Procacci and Paolo Barillari. Three authors with different tastes for three different styles, classic symphonic Magnabosco, more modern Procacci and always vocally avant-garde and more pop/folk Barillari.
The union of different musical styles amalgamates perfectly creating emotional situations in symbiosis with the characters, the scenes and the costumes.
Davide Magnabosco, who also took care of the arrangements, summoned a team of extraordinary musicians (Alex Polifrone, Eugenio Mori, Marco Brioschi) to the recording studio and personally supervised the drafting of the symphonic orchestration, which unites all the pieces of the musical.
The choral arrangements were handled by Alex Procacci, who was able to range from gospel sonorities with rich and never predictable harmonies to more classic pieces, always fully enhancing not only the voices of the soloists but also the voices of the whole cast, creating exciting and strong impact.
The show is accompanied by a live soundtrack, which dynamically follows the recitation, enriching the story told on stage with melodies and effects.