Bonus Episode: Buddy Cianci... The Musical
In 2003, a couple of Brown University alumni did the unthinkable: they wrote and performed a musical about everyone’s favorite criminal mayor. No recordings of the play exist today. So, as a holiday gift to Crimetown listeners, we’ve asked some friends in the musical-theater business to resurrect this forgotten classic.
LISTEN TO BUDDY CIANCI... THE MUSICAL
Jonathan Van Gieson wrote the book and lyrics for Buddy Cianci: The Musical, and Mike Tarantino wrote the music and lyrics. Crimetown recordings of the songs produced by Nikita Burdein. Arranged and recorded by Dan Reitz at Dan Reitz Studios. The soundtrack cast: Michael Lutton as Buddy Cianci, Ali Reed as Nancy Ann Cianci, Christian Paluck as Dennis Aiken, Nikita Burdein as Tony Freitas, Brian Hansbury and Elizabeth Slack as Department of Public Works Employees. Additional characters performed by Joe Leonardo, James Bruffee, Lane Kwederis, Kiki Mikkelsen, Matt Giroveanu, Chris Bell, and Daniel Tepper. Keyboards, trombone, guitar, bass and drums by Dan Reitz. Saxophone and additional horns by Stefan Zeniuk. Trumpet by Dan Brantigan. Cover design by Rob Szypko; illustration by Jonathan Van Gieson.
The Mayor Stops By
Buddy Takes on the Fringe Festival
The show garnered interest back in Providence, with many of the key figures from the Plunder Dome trial still fresh in the minds of local journalists. Courtesy of WPRI.
Crimetown is Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier, in partnership with Gimlet Media. This episode was produced by Nikita Burdein, Rob Szypko and Austin Mitchell. The senior producer is Drew Nelles. Editing by John White, Soraya Shockley and MR Daniel. This episode of Crimetown was mixed by Kenny Kusiak.
The credit track this week is Rosaleen Eastman’s special holiday rendition of our theme song, Goat’s “Run to your Mama.” Ad music is by Matthew Boll. Thanks to Julia Heymans, Emily Wiedemann, Mike Stanton, Dan Barry, and everyone who shared their stories with us.