Book, Lyrics and Music by Matthew Hardy
Arranged and Orchestrated by Andrew Fox
Additional Arrangements and Orchestrations by Andy Roninson
Based on the life of famed concert pianist, composer and statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Virtuoso was developed as part of a contest initiated by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Virtuoso was selected as a finalist and a 15 minute presentation was commissioned for a performance at Joe's Pub in New York City. Below is a video of the Joe's Pub presentation. (Be sure to check out my favorite song "Too Many Helens" that begins at the 8:30 mark.
In November of 2018 Virtuoso was further developed at the University of New Orleans culminating in a presentation of the first Act at the Contemporary Arts Center. A video with highlights from the first Act coming soon. You can watch a video of rehearsals at the Facebook Page.
Virtuoso will have its world premiere in Poznan, Poland in the Spring of 2020. The Adam Mickiewicz Institute is interested in partnering with a US theater or university for its American debut.
Paddymania Music Video version of Paddymania produced by The Musical Theater in Poznan. Featuring: Sifiso Mazibuko and the acting company at the Musical Theater in Poznan.
Paddymania: A Concert of Songs from the Musical Virtuoso recorded in November 2020. Featuring: Janusz Kruciński, Oksana Hamerska, Dagmara Rybak, Radosław Elis, Katarzyna Tapek, Maciej Zaruski, Denisa Jarczak, Łukasz Kocur, Przemysław Łukaszewicz, Agnieszka Wawrzyniak.
"Too Many Helens" from the World Premiere Production at the Musical Theater in Poznan. Featuring: Marcin Januszkiewicz, Anna Lasota, Barbara Melzer and Katarzyna Tapek
A 15 minute presentation at Joe's Pub in New York City Nov 1, 2017 as part of a concert of the finalists for the Paderewski Musical competition commissioned by The Adam Mickiewicz Institute of Warsaw. Songs include "Paddymania" "Searching for the Melody" and "Too Many Helens" Featuring: Mick Bleyer, Erica Nicole, Laura Woyasz and Diane Phelan.