Grammy-Nominated Pianist Franzetti Stars in Virtuosa for NYMF

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Grammy-nominated musician Allison Brewster Franzetti and actress Katrina Ferguson will share double-billing when they bring to life one woman, piano prodigy Clara Schumann, in Virtuosa at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Virtuosa, according to press notes, "explores the extraordinary life of Clara Schumann through the marriage of words and instrumental music. Child prodigy, pianist extraordinaire, composer, muse to several geniuses of the Romantic era, mother of seven and businesswoman, Clara Schumann was a Superwoman before the term existed. This one woman, one pianist play examines the power of Art to sustain us and the sacrifices it demands."

The music of Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms will be featured in the production, which explores the loves, passions and complication's of the legendary musician through the marriage of dramatic text and live music.

Playwright and lyricist Diane Seymour created Virtuosa, which has direction by Bruce Roach and designs by Dawn Testa (costumes) and Graham Kindred (lighting). Virtuosa is produced by Andrew Levine and Flying Man Productions.

Franzetti is a multiple Grammy nominee for her work on "Poeta de Arrabal" (for Best Classical Crossover Album) and the Latin Grammy Nominee for "Tango Bar" (for Best Tango Album). She has performed at Carnegie Hall; Lincoln Center; festivals in the United States, Mexico and Europe; and on radio and television.

Ferguson has appeared on the New York stage in Carrin Beginning; A Mother, A Daughter and A Gun; Hedda Gabler; As You Like It; and Mary Stuart. Virtuosa plays Sept. 19 and 20 at the 45th St. Theatre, located at 354 West 45th Street in Manhattan. Tickets are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or by visiting www.nymf.org.

For further information on Virtuosa visit www.flyingmachineproductions.com.

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