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2017-07-13 / Front Page

‘Pretty Funny: The Musical’ hits stage at MusicalFare Theatre

by NICK KONOTOPSKYJ
Reporter


Louis Colaiacovo, at left, as Dad, Arin Lee Dandes as Genny, and Amy Jakiel as Mom act out a scene from the new original musical “Pretty Funny,” which premiered at the MusicalFare Theatre on Wednesday. Louis Colaiacovo, at left, as Dad, Arin Lee Dandes as Genny, and Amy Jakiel as Mom act out a scene from the new original musical “Pretty Funny,” which premiered at the MusicalFare Theatre on Wednesday. After more than three years of preparation, an original musical has reached the stage at MusicalFare Theatre.

“Pretty Funny: The Musical,” written by Williamsville’s Marisa Guida, premiered on Wednesday, and shows will be presented Wednesdays through Sundays from now until Aug. 13. The theatre is located at 4380 Main St., Suite 123, Amherst.

There are 10 people involved in the production, including Phil Farugia, a Cheektowaga native and West Seneca East High School music teacher. Farugia is the music director of “Pretty Funny,” which includes 35 songs.

He talked about what it is like after several years to see the musical hit the stage.

“This is all very exciting for me. I was brought in as a musician and writer, and to see my work come to fruition is truly amazing,” Farugia said. “Being a high school teacher, this is a totally different experience for me, and I have embraced it.”

The musical is a “21st century Cinderella story for the the old, and those who find a way without a dress, castle or prince,” according to information from musicalfare.com/page/show/title/prettyfunny.

According to Farugia, the story is inspired by the life and work of comedienne Imogene Coca. The main characters include a mom who gets a promotion at work, the dad who ends up losing his job, and their daughter, Genny, who gets picked on at school. With Imogene’s help, Genny is able to learn about the true meaning of beauty and learn more about herself. The entire production is approximately two hours, including intermission.

“In the summer of 2015, we had the first workshop for this musical and since then we have had a few more. All of them took place at the MusicalFare Theatre,” Farugia said. “People will have plenty of opportunities to check out the show as there will be six showings per week for a total of five weeks.”

Tickets cost $43 for general admission, and tickets for elementary, middle, high school and college students are $10 each. To learn more or purchase a ticket to one of the shows, visit the MusicalFare website listed above, call 839-8540, or visit prettyfunnythemusical.com.

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