Pooch

(based on a true story)


A new musical in the classic musical comedy tradition

Book, Music & Lyrics by Scott Eyerly
from an idea by Jay K. Hoffman

An out-of-work opera singer. A clueless C.E.O. And a dog.
Only in New York could they cross paths, in search of love, success – and Puccini.



Setting:
New York City, present day

Monday, August 7th, 2017 2:30 PM EDT

Cast of 10 (4 Principals and 6 Ensemble)

Jensen, new C.E.O. at Encore Records - Bass-baritone Clark, his assistant - Tenor Samantha (“Sam”), new Sales Director at Encore Records - Soprano Dino, an opera singer, friend of Clark - Baritone Ensemble of 6 (3 Female, 3 Male) doubling as passersby, firemen, singing waiters, et al.


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Monday, August 7th, 2017 2:43 PM EDT
When Jensen takes over at Encore Records – once a proud classical music label, now part of a conglomerate that makes dog food – he´s horrified to discover that almost every release loses money. Just one artist shows a profit: Puccini.
So Jensen – a number-crunching genius far out of touch with the artistic world – makes an executive decision: he must meet Puccini. Mistaking his assistant Clark´s reference to a "pooch" as evidence that he knows Puccini, Jensen orders Clark and Sam, his new Sales Director, to set up dinner.

Sam can´t say no to her first test climbing the corporate ladder. Meanwhile, Clark´s fallen hard for Sam. What to do?
Clark consults Dino, his friend and sometime dog-walker. After all, Dino is clever. He knows about women – and opera.
He even looks a bit like Puccini, being Italian-American, rakish, a constant smoker… In fact, if Dino put on a moustache…
Couldn´t he, maybe…?

The die is cast. Dino objects wildly but, once Clark and Sam promise a big fee if successful, he agrees to give the performance of his life. Dino will portray Puccini.

The climactic scene at a Village opera cafe mixes singing waiters with snooping media – plus an eager Jensen.
When "Puccini" enters suavely smoking a cigarillo, the madness really starts!