Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER

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Tony Lo Bianco reprises his award-winning role as Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in THE LITTLE FLOWER, which opened last night, October 23, at the Dicapo Opera Theatre (184 East 76th Street between Lexington and 3rd Ave). Written and directed by Mr. Lo Bianco, adapted from the play Hizzoner! by Paul Shyre, THE LITTLE FLOWER plays a special limited-run through Friday, November 2, 2012. 

Check out photos from the big opening below!

A solo play set in the office of Fiorello H. La Guardia on his final day as a three-term Mayor of New York City in 1945, THE LITTLE FLOWER presents a historic look into the life and career of the great statesman. A champion of the poor and underprivileged, La Guardia’s voice resonated throughout America, and he became a father figure to millions that lived through the hard times of the 1930s and 40s. He transcended political party barriers, running as a Fusion Party Mayor, and held strong convictions on family values, inflation, women’s suffrage, financial responsibility, education, unions, political corruption and prohibition. A courageous and flamboyant personality who cleaned up city politics and also made the time to read the comics on the radio to children during a newspaper strike, La Guardia set a new standard for American politics.

In the new play THE LITTLE FLOWER, Tony Lo Bianco returns to the role of Fiorello H. La Guardia, which he first played in Paul Shyre’s Hizzoner! Lo Bianco won one of five Emmy Awards for the WNET Public Television version of that play, filmed at The Egg - Empire State Institute for the Performing Arts in Albany, in 1984. Five years later, he resumed the role on Broadway. Since that time, Lo Bianco has continued to work on developing both the character and material, presenting workshop versions in intimate performances nationally and internationally, including special performances in Moscow, Russia.

THE LITTLE FLOWER has set design by Henry Millman, costume design by Academy Award winner Patrizia von Brandenstein, and lighting design by Paul Jones.

THE LITTLE FLOWER will play a strictly limited engagement at the Dicapo Opera Theatre (184 East 76th Street between Lexington and 3rd Ave.) from October 23rd – November 2nd, 2012. The performance schedule for THE LITTLE FLOWER is as follows:

Visit http://www.tonylobianco.com/The-Little-Flower.html for more information.

Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Tony Lo Bianco

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Gov. Mario Cuomo & Matilda Cuomo

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Tony Lo Bianco receiving Life Time Achievement Award

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Tony Lo Bianco

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Tony Lo Bianco & Joanna Carson

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Connie Stevens & Tony Lo Bianco

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Bill Boggs & Roger Ailes

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Tony Lo Bianco

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Bill Boggs & Matilda Cuomo

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Joe Sirolla, Tony Lo Bianco, Bill Boggs, Stuart Lane

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Roger Ailes & Matilda Cuomo

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Roger Ailes & Tony Lo Bianco

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Guest & Tony LoBianco

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Tony Lo Bianco & Guest

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Tony Lo Bianco & Guest

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Tony Lo Bianco & fellow Friars

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Janis Cosair, Tony Lo Bianco , Bill Cosair

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Tony Lo Bianco & Guest

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Bill Boggs & Tony Lo Bianco

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Carmen & Jamie deRoy

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Christopher L. Schembra, Joanna Carson, Carmen

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Joanna Carson & Jamie deRoy

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Joanna Carson

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Steve Bakunas & EDa Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Tony Lo Bianco & Guest

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
EDa Sorokoff , Patsy's Sal Sccgnamillo, Janis Corsair, Bill Corsair

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Tony Lo Bianco & Jamie deRoy

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Dicapo Theatre

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Tony Lo Bianco

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER
Tony Lo Bianco

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of THE LITTLE FLOWER

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Stephen Sorokoff Stephen's life seems to have always revolved around a camera and a piano. He studied at Manhattan School of Music and performed in the "Borsht Belt" during college vacations, where in the true DIRTY DANCING tradition he met his wife Eda. Stephen was a Board Member of the First All Children's Theater and his wife, a classical pianist, is a Board Member of Barrington Stage Co. In between he made time to be CEO of a multi national machinery company and President of a domestic Textile Mfg. Co. In retirement, he now takes pictures of his 5 grandchildren and various other performers.


 
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