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HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN?
An environmentally friendly musical about love, lust and chlorine.

BOOK BY PIA CINCOTTI
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY PETER CINCOTTI

The Musical by Pia and Peter Cincotti, debuted last Oct. at SOPAC; has been included on the New York Musical Theatre Festival 2012, that will take place from 9 till 29 July 2012!

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When the Jersey Shore's beaches are threatened by pollution, Rob Torino, a small town pool technician obsessed with chlorine, stumbles upon an opportunity that will change his life. But when a local handy man’s lust for power and thirst for revenge threatens Rob’s world, a journey of Herculean proportions ensues.


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Il Musical di Pia e Peter Cincotti, ha debuttato lo scorso ottobre a SOPAC; è stato incluso al New York Musical Theatre Festival 2012, che si terrà dal 9 al 29 luglio 2012!


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MUSICAL - "How deep is the ocean?" by Pia & Peter Cincotti

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un musical?????? che fico! Cool

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MONMOUTH BEACH / SAY YES / THAT KIND OF MONEY
Words and Music by Peter Cincotti
(Copyright 2012 Cincotti Music Inc.)



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UN ALTRO BRANO ESTRATTO DAL MUSICAL:

UNA BELLISSIMA LOVE SONG..... "If She Were Mine"


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Il CAST:


HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN?

Cast/Creative Crew:


Pia Cincotti (Book)

Peter Cincotti (Music and Lyrics)

Jeremy Dobrish (Director)

Jason Webb (Musical Director)

Gina Rattan (Co-Director)

Wendy Seyb (Choreographer)

Edward Pierce (Scenic Designer)

Miodrag Guberinic (Costume Designer)

Michael Eisenberg (Sound Designer)

Zach Blane (Lighting Designer)

Scott Wojcik (Casting Director)

Gayle Seay (Casting Director)

CESA Entertainment (General Manager)

Kelly Ruth Cole (Production Stage Manager)

Amanda Burton (Bea)

Michelle Federer (Jackie)

Anthony Festa (Ensemble)

Lavon Fisher-Wilson (Marie)

Eric Leviton (Rob)

Andy Ramey (Andy)

Kevin Reed (Steve)

Sandy Rosenberg (Ensemble)

Michael St. John (Ensemble)

Corey Scheys (Ensemble)

Darryl Winslow (Ensemble)


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UP-DATE!!!!

La raccolta fondi è stata riaperta per altri 22 giorni!!!!





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Peter Cincotti Musical How Deep Is The Ocean? to Feature Michelle Federer, Eric Leviton and More
By Adam Hetrick
07 Jun 2012

Michelle Federer, Sandy Rosenberg, Aaron Ramey and Eric Leviton will be part of the New York Theatre Festival world premiere of How Deep Is The Ocean?


Jazz musician Peter Cincotti ("Metropolis") authored music and lyrics to the musical that has a book by his sister, playwright Pia Cincotti. Jeremy Dobrish (Rated P, Date of a Lifetime) and Gina Rattan (resident director, Billy Elliott) will direct the July 12-21 run at the Theater at St. Clement's.

The cast includes Federer (Wicked), Rosenberg (Mamma Mia!), Ramey (Thoroughly Modern Millie) and Leviton ("Beverly Hills 90210") as well as LaVon Fisher-Wilson (Chicago), Amanda Bruton (Crimes of the Heart), Anthony Festa, Kevin Reed (The Visit), Michael St. John, Corey Scheys (Annie) and Daryl Winslow (Evil, Dead The Musical).

Here's how the musical is billed: "It's summer and the temperature's rising when suddenly every beach on the Jersey Shore is threatened with closure: The water is too polluted for swimming! That is until Rob – a small town pool technician – stumbles upon an opportunity that will change his life and save the sea. But when a local handy man's lust for power and revenge threatens Rob's world, the two rivals are thrust into battle to restore the ocean and win the heart of a woman they both love. How Deep Is The Ocean? is a musical comedy about love, lust, and chlorine."

Wendy Seyb (The Pee-Wee Herman Show, The Toxic Avenger) will choreograph with musical direction by Jason Webb (Leap Of Faith, Memphis).

The production has scenic design by Edward Pierce, costume design by Miodrag Guberinic, sound design by Michael Eisenberg and lighting design by Zach Blane.

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Peter and Pia Cincotti: How Deep Is The Ocean?
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We know one another's faults, virtues, catastrophes, mortifications, triumphs, rivalries, desires, and how long we can each hang by our hands to a bar. We have been banded together under pack codes and tribal laws. - Rose Macaulay

Happy Saturday!
I hope you have had a great week and preparing for a great weekend.
This has been an incredible week for me.
Today is Cole Porter's birthday.

I'm celebrating a songwriter AND his sister who are carrying on the musical theater tradition and adding the next chapter to its legacy.


One of the highlights for me was sitting down on Tuesday morning with Peter and Pia Cincotti after many failed attempts due to our schedules. I, of coursem was very familiar with Peter. As a matter of fact, I am listening to his fantastic new CD, Metropolis, as I write this blog this AM.
Even though Pia and I had spoken on the phone several times, I would be meeting both for the first time. Tommy Tune's personal assistant, Peter Glebo, contacted me and asked if I would do a blog feature on them because he is very excited about their upcoming musical How Deep Is The Ocean?...which has nothing to do with the Irving Berlin song of the same title. Peter has been very supportive of this project since he first saw one of the earlier readings. It will be premiering on July 12th as part of the New York Music Theater Festival. I'll be there! AND I hope you'll join me!!

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So I went to the Cincotti apartment on Tuesday morning. I'm going to start off by saying I thought that Peter and Pia, having never met them, were a married couple. After the major embarrassment of finding out they were brother and sister, the ice was broken and it was great fun getting to know both.

I think the most famous brother and sister performing team are Donny and Marie Osmond. Several years ago, those cabaret diva sisters Ann Hampton and Liz Callaway did an incredible show called Sibling Revelry. That could very well be the theme of this blog. Peter and Pia have an enviable working relationship and are totally in synch with each other.

Pia tells me, off the bat, that this story (How Deep Is The Ocean?) is a really far-fetched premise but is rooted in deep problems. It's a metaphor for how far someone will go and how deep their feelings are. The show is a musical comedy. It is a love triangle with the central character being a pool guy who is obsessed with chlorine. That is his love and passion. He has a wife named Jackie who is over looked. Then there is a handyman who is in love with the wife. Peter tells me it is a very traditional love story in a way, but it is under the veil of this very cartoonish world. Pia says it is a coming of age story for the fifty-plus set. It is not about being fifty-plus. It is about reflecting back and asking the questions "Did I make the right choices?" or "Did I make mistakes?" "Did I choose the right path?" The music is very traditional musical theater styles. Peter says he wanted to go back to his musical theater idols. There is a mix of traditional, a pop sound for today's audiences, ballads, up-tempos, a bluesy song, and a stride number done in a Fats Waller style. Peter said he tried to assign each character a specific musical style.


Pia is definitely the impetus behind this. They spent their childhood summers on the Jersey shore. She remembers their pool guy who would often talk with them like they were very interested in chlorine. She often wondered what this guys biggest dreams were. She spent the summer watching how intently this guy took care of their pool. Before she knew it, she was writing a play around these themes. It started out from a monologue assignment from a class she was taking. A year or say later, that became a one act. Then she thought, "This could be a musical!" It really is an outrageous theme! That is what drew her to have Peter write the music.She feels that even though one character is singing about his love of chlorine, for example, that the song would still work out of the context of the show. The wife of a pool man could apply to the wife of a doctor.

Their mode of working together started out as a lot of back and forth. Pia came to Peter with this one act template and asked him to write a song for a specific character in a specific situation. Then in 2009, they started expanding the show into a bigger project. Peter had a new album come out around the same time and he was busy promoting that. So getting together was sometimes problematic. Then after that while he was contemplating his next project, he started thinking about Pia's project. So, he sat down and wrote a song, then another, and before he knew it, he had a full score! He eventually had twenty songs! Then they started shaping the show. Their way of working together is right out of those old MGM movies. Pia may get a phone call at four in the morning from Peter saying, "Wait till you hear what I just wrote!" There were also sections in the show where they both knew a song would go. For example, the pool guy's passion for chlorine is so great that he can't speak about it, he has to sing about it. Pia has written monologues in certain sections of the script that Peter would take a step further and making it a song. They go back and forth then shaping the scene around the song.


They have had two previous "readings" of the show with a full audience. One was in the fall. This was mostly for the benefit of Peter and Pia to see if they actually have a show. The audience response has convinced them that they do. They also knew what needed to be rewritten. The other reading was just a few weeks ago. This has been a continual process. They are still tightening and tweaking as they prepare for its New York "premier" next month. Pia is aware that some people might look at the theme of the play and think, "Chlorine! I don't want to see this!!" But when they hear the songs, they are really moved. Think Urinetown!

They have gotten very lucky with their cast. Their lead is Eric Levitan who has not done anything on Broadway, but they are convinced that will change. Michelle Miller, who was in Wicked. Theater pervades THAT household. Michelle is married to Norbert Leo Butz. Both of them (Eric and Michelle) were involved in the previous readings. They are equally excited about the rest of the ensemble. Pia says it is a cast that you wouldn't automatically think would be in a musical. They wanted to go "against type" and go with a more realistic look. Pia says this musical bridges two generations. The demographic of Pia's age really gets the humor. The demographic of her mother's age really gravitates towards the music.

Now, here is me putting Pia and Peter on the analyst's couch and delving deeper into their psyches.

I begin by asking Peter who the most iconic person is that he ever met and if that person lived up to his expectations. Without missing a beat, he says their father. Even though he was not a famous person, he shaped both of their lives.Even though he is "gone", he continues to do so. He passed when Peter was thirteen.

I asked Pia when she knew she desired to pursue a career in the arts. It happened for her when she was eight. She saw Phantom of The Opera and could not get enough of it. She decided that she wanted to act and sing. It took her a few years to realize that that wasn't exactly the path that she was meant to be on. As she got older, she discovered that she loved to write and that she could parlay her creative writing to dramatic writing. She started writing in high school, continued to do so right through college, and seized every opportunity she had to write.


I asked Peter what he has learned about making his relationships in this business more resourceful and long lasting. His response is that honesty and truthfulness is the key. "Especially in a business where it is not about that."

I asked Pia how she deals with anxiety in this business. She says this is her first foray into this business. She is anxious because of that. She is not much of a sleeper so it catches her there. She does try to make up for that when she can. She focuses on what she needs to get done. It is mind over matter. Right now, it's just keeping her head on straight.

Peter's favorite Broadway choreographer? He admits he is not as well versed in that area as Pia is. Tommy Tune and Rob Ashford immediately come to mind.

Life lessons that Pia has learned from her parents: The importance of family. "When things go bad, that's truly all you have." When she was a young child, her father used to tell her that you could never go home again so cherish the moment.


As my readers know, I have been campaigning for Carol Channing to win the 2012 Kennedy Center Honor (please sign the petition below). I asked Peter if he thinks she deserves this and if so to elaborate on that. He played Hello, Dolly! for her when he was six on television! Carol was an early supporter of Peter's. They appeared together on a morning show on NBC. He played a song that he wrote. He was a child prodigy. Then Carol came on. He learned Hello, Dolly! in anticipation of that. Being six, he had no idea what he was playing. "YES, she deserves it!"

Does Pia sing herself? Only in the confines of her apartment. Pia's inspiration for her writing is rooted in real emotions she feels. She relates to people who are much older than herself. Sad songs inspire her the most. A lyric or two can get her going on an entire "rant". She is a huge fan of Sondheim because of the subject matters he takes on. "So dark, and yet so pretty...beautifying the dark."

Peter just played in New York last week at Le Poisson Rouge which was sold out! On June 29th, he will be playing at the Palais Imperial Compiegne in Compiegne, France. The polar opposite musically of what he and Pia are doing. He is also currently very involved in rehearsals for How Deep Is The Ocean?


What would Peter say to his fifteen year old self? Appreciate the moment you are in. His ambitions of where he is and where he would like to go musically are just as strong as when he was fifteen. Appreciate the process, the not knowing. That moment of how am I going to write this song by the morning. The whole thing of smelling the roses even when the pressure is on and striving. He reads interviews on people he loves and he always cite those moments of people achieving their goals and their talk of the process to get there. There is something about the journey that is sweeter than the success. He is trying to apply those philosophies to his life although he is "mid journey" right now.

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Pia tells me that this is the happiest she has ever been. Going through college and various jobs since then, this is what she has been dreaming of 24/7. "Being creative and not just answering phones." She is very grateful for this opportunity and where she is right now. For years, she was a little disgruntled because she had this story in her head and she wanted to get it "out there". Now, it feels like the time is right.

What makes Peter unhappy? Incompetence, stupidity, those that are "in charge" who don't know what they are doing makes Peter very unhappy at times. Disloyalty, dishonesty. He'll take many more things before taking a lie.

Pia's game plan for making this work. Sticking to her vision. Sticking to what was really there from the beginning really seems to work for her. She is not worrying about changing it to please "outside forces". She finds that when she does do that, she gets off course. Peter agrees. There is a "moment of clarity when you have an inspiration. You have to hold on to that vision, whatever the hell it may be." There is sometimes a contradiction built into this business. They see something in you, they sign you, and then they try to change you! Peter has been lucky that on the record side of thinks that he has been able to complete a record on his own, but that comes sometimes with a cause. But at least he can hold something in his hand and say this is what I felt and wanted. That applies to this show. They are staying true to their vision. They are writing because it makes THEM laugh. Pia's writing skews to a little older because that interests her. Again, she realizes that some would say, "Who is interested in a musical about a man in his upper fifties?" It interests Pia! It matters to her. This character has lived and has made "mistakes". She has been asked in some circles to make him younger. She is not worried about what is more "marketable". She is interested in what makes it more real.
On a side note, I have a rule of them about "criticism": If it's going to HELP me, I want to hear it. If it won't help me, it will go in one ear and out the other because I have strong convictions on what I desire. If it's going to HURT me, keep it to yourself.

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Peter says, "Most of the time, criticism comes your way to justify their titles. They need to prove their function ability." Pia admits that some of the cast is NOT fifty plus. They do skew a little young. But they went with what was available to them and they are VERY HAPPY with their casting choices.

A genie pops out of a bottle and grants Peter three wishes. His first wish comes immediately. To bring back all those friends and family who have passed on. Liliane Monteveccchi had the same wish when I interviewed her. The other two wishes don't come as easily. He tends to go towards good health for everyone. Immortality? Probably not and he doesn't wish that on anyone.

Since Peter came on bard as songwriter on this project, his songs now sometimes shape the tone of Pia's writing. She will give a song two or three listens before attempting to put her words on paper.


Myles Savage
Myles Savage from The Platters gave me this next question and I presented it to Peter on Tuesday: "Have you shared any love today?" Since it was 12:30, he said probably not!

Pia's favorite memory happened when she was a little girl. Peter was doing a television commercial in Amsterdam. The family took their first European trip. She spent the day with her father while Peter was filming. It was just the two of them.

A great memory! Here's hoping that How Deep Is The Ocean? will bring both Peter and Pia many new memories!

Thank you to Peter and Pia Cincotti and the gifts they have given to the world and will continue to give!



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How Deep Is The Ocean?

reviewed by David Gordon · July 14, 2012

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How Deep is the Ocean?, the sweet new musical by jazz artist Peter Cincotti and his playwright sister Pia, is something of a rarity in the New York Musical Theatre Festival: it's a slight little show that actually knows its limits. It doesn't attempt to reach the stratosphere of high art, it doesn't try to parody, satirize, or comment on other musicals or society, it doesn't falsely regard itself as the next Sunday in the Park with George, and it's certainly not glib, like many of the other NYMF shows I've seen in my handful of years reviewing the festival. It merely tries to entertain without pretense—and it does that in spades.

There isn't any self-deprecating humor either, thankfully and wisely, because this is the kind of work, with a silly, outlandish plot, that can easily fall in the "look how cute we're being" trap. The hero is Rob (Eric Leviton), a slovenly New Jersey-based pool guy obsessed with the wonders of chlorine. Summer is beach season at the Jersey Shore, but this little corner of ocean has become too polluted and unsafe for visitors. It's up to Rob and his new blend of essential chemicals to save the day—except that his villainous former business partner Andy (Aaron Ramey) has ideas up his sleeve to win fame, fortune, and Rob's wife Jackie (Michelle Federer).

Mr. Cincotti's score is simple and clever jazzy musical theater material, well-sung by the cast of 12. Ms. Cincotti's book resists the painful self-awareness and self-congratulatory nature of many new musicals, and she creates a strangely compelling story, with a villain you despise and an unlikely hero you know will save the day. There are a few questionable aspects, namely the characters' ages, but nothing majorly distracting. Excellently paced by directors Jeremy Dobrish and Gina Rattan, I'd be interested in seeing the piece without an intermission, which I think would help the conclusion seem a bit less rushed.

The three lead performances are quite winning; Leviton is a good-natured underdog, Federer gives depth to a put-upon wife, and the golden-voiced Ramey is a cunning, two-faced psychopath. And the ensemble members (Amanda Bruton, Anthony Festa, Joseph Ryan Harrington, Kevin Reed, Sandy Rosenberg, Corey Scheys, Michael St. John, and Darryl Winslow) deliver well-defined performances. In crucial cameo roles, LaVon Fisher-Wilson (as Rob's mother's ghost) and the (spoiler alert) uncredited, unbilled Tony Danza (as himself) bring down the house.

The designs are simple, as you'd expect for a NYMF production. Edward Pierce has created a small, inventive set, nicely in tune with Zach Blane's coolly colored lighting and Miodrag Guberinic's character-defining costumes. Wendy Seyb's choreography craftily keeps the action flowing, and Or Matias leads a tight four-member band.

Ultimately, How Deep is the Ocean? is a perfect show for the uncomfortably hot days we've been experiencing of late: it's a winning, well-intentioned diversion that doesn't go any further than it should.


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NY Review: 'How Deep Is the Ocean?'
Mouseface Productions at the Theater at St. Clement's as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival


Reviewed by Suzy Evans
JULY 17, 2012

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It's always fun to see the anti-hero save the day, and in "How Deep Is the Ocean?" sibling writing duo Pia and Peter Cincotti deliver a satisfyingly everyman protagonist in Rob, a middle-aged pool cleaner who loves chlorine—as in the chemical—more than his wife. Although Eric Leviton is entirely winning in the role, the production underuses the talents of its ensemble, and the show is about as refreshing as, well, chlorine.

The musical is set on the Jersey shore, on Monmouth Beach, where the ocean water is so polluted that none of the spray-tanned beach bums can veg out for the summer. Rob goes about his business, saving the town one pool at a time, and when he throws some leftover chlorine tablets off the shore, the seawater miraculously starts to clear up. So the city hires Rob to chlorinate the ocean. However, Rob's former pool-cleaning partner, a bitter wannabe architect named Andy, is jealous of what he sees as undeserved attention for Rob. He also wants to bed Rob's wife. Drama ensues.

Peter Cincotti's score sounds like any classic musical, and his rhymes are awfully obvious: rough/tough, handy/Andy. Edward Pierce's scenic design is functional and attractive, coupled with Zach Blane's creative lighting design. (He makes the blue circle on the floor sparkle like a pool!) Or Matias' music direction is fine, though Jason Webb's vocal arrangements overestimate some of the cast member's ranges. Jeremy Dobrish and Gina Rattan's direction is functional for the festival setting.

There's a former Billy from "Billy Elliott" in the ensemble, but Joseph Ryan Harrington never does so much as a jazz square, and Wendy Seyb's choreography seems more like blocking. The other cast members' credentials are impressive as well, with Broadway credits to go around. Michelle Federer, known for originating Nessarose in "Wicked," plays Rob's dowdy housewife well and dives into the role's subtle physicality. Aaron Ramey's rich voice suits Andy, and he plays the role as if it were Jud Fry in "Oklahoma!." The best part of "Ocean" is when a celebrity in the audience breaks the fourth wall and performs a soft-shoe number about growing a pair with our hero.

After the performance, the audience couldn't stop gushing. Maybe a catchy score and an unsurprising plot are all anyone wants. However, the Cincottis' show is as derivative and predictable as the ocean is deep.

Presented by Mouseface Productions as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival at the Theater at St. Clement's, 432 W. 46th St., NYC. July 14–21. Remaining performances: Thu., July 19, 5 and 9 p.m.; Sat., July 21, 1 p.m. (212) 352-3101, (866) 811-4111, or [Devi essere iscritto e connesso per vedere questo link] Casting by Wojicik/Seay Casting.


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"How Deep Is The Ocean" - Review
Details Published on Friday, 27 July 2012 22:54
Written by Prof Miller


The 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) ends this weekend after a whirlwind of 21 full productions and 14 readings in less than a month.

While most of the entries will vanish without a trace, a few—like such past productions as “Altar Boyz” (Outer Critics Circle Award), “Yank” (Innovative Theatre Award), “[title of show]” (Obie), and “Next to Normal” (three Tonys and a Pulitzer Prize, no less)—will find major success on and off Broadway after strutting their stuff at NYMF.

If the past is prologue, I’m sure that several of this year’s featured musicals will find producers and audiences at the ready. One of them I’d like to see back onstage in the not-to-distant future is “How Deep Is The Ocean?” (book by Pia Cincotti, with a tuneful score by her singer/musician brother Peter Cincotti.

Let me begin by saying how nice it is to encounter a musical that is funny, sweet, and charming, rather than snarky and too clever for its own good. (By way of contrast, consider the recent “Leap of Faith,” an overblown in-your-face show that perhaps might have found more success if it had had the courage of its convictions and simply told a straightforward story of faith and redemption.) Here’s a little secret: New York audiences actually do have hearts, and they like likeable characters, and they even have been known to root for the underdog.

“How Deep Is The Ocean?” has heart, and it has likeable characters (along with one hissable villain), and it has an underdog—a goofy middle-aged galoot named Rob, played with pitch-perfect dorkiness by Eric Leviton. Rob is the go-to pool guy in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, where the story unfolds during one summer when the ocean has been declared unswimmable due to pollution.

Rob, who has an almost mystic way with chlorine, is quite content to make the rounds of all the pools in town, eat his tuna sandwiches, and drink Coronas by the case. He is supported in his endeavors by his wife Jackie (well-played by Maria Couch at the performance I attended), who is resigned to coming in second to her husband’s all-consuming obsession with Element #17 on the Periodic Table.

In any event, things are going swimmingly, until Rob, experimenting with various formulations of chlorine, discovers he can actually clean up sea water. He agrees to tackle the polluted ocean, the biggest job of his life, with Jackie at his side keeping him stocked with his tuna and Coronas, and making sure that he is well paid for his efforts. A change in fortune appears to be on the horizon, save for the presence of a jealous rival, Andy (Aaron Ramey), who for years has begrudged Rob’s success and lusted after Jackie.

You never doubt for a minute how it will all turn out, but meanwhile, there is a splendid cast of characters, most of whom are as wonderfully dorky as Rob and display not a hint of “nudge nudge, wink wink.” Peter Cincotti, a jazz pianist who, by the way, is not yet 30, has created a fine score—with elements of jazz, pop, show music, and even a dash of klezmer—intentionally unsophisticated so that, for a welcome change, we have songs that actually sound as if they’d been written with the characters in mind.

In a smart move, the cast includes a couple of “ringers,” including LaVon Fisher-Wilson, who appears in a dream as Rob’s dead mother (it’s said that she died in a chlorine-related accident) and sings a rousing number that leads him to make his breakthrough discovery. (The look on Mr. Leviton’s face when he finally figures out what she is trying to tell him is priceless).

There’s also a cameo song-and-dance by a big-name star (the secret has been out for a while so I feel I can tell you—it’s Tony Danza) that is funny and delightfully charming. It’s unlikely that Mr. Danza would be available to continue doing this, but the idea of bringing in a surprise cameo would only heighten the show’s box office appeal.

What makes this musical work so well is the obvious love and dedication displayed by everyone involved, from the actors, to the directing team of Jeremy Dobrish and Gina Rattan, to the four fine musicians in the band, to choreographer Wendy Seyb, to the scenic designer Edward Pierce (who does so much with so little), and all of the cast and crew. Special kudos must go to Eric Leviton, who so embodies Rob that I can’t imagine anyone else playing the role.

I only have one suggestion, and that has to do with the title. “How Deep Is The Ocean?” is an obvious reference to Irving Berlin’s majestic love song, and is, I suppose, suggestive of the love that Rob feels for Jackie that comes out when he fears he will lose her. But, hey, this is a romantic comedy at heart, and the weight of that reference feels too heavy for it to bear.

My alternate title, which I offer gratis, is “Chlorine” or “Chlorine!” or “Chlorine The Musical!”

But even if the producers foolishly ignore my suggestion, be watching for the return of this delightful musical, which, while I am in the suggestion-making mode, ought to play at an Off Broadway house like New World Stages, where it could settle in for a long and happy run.

If you have enjoyed this column, you can read more of my reviews at my theater blog, Upstage-Downstage, available at [Devi essere iscritto e connesso per vedere questo link]

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