Garinei and Giovannini. Musical comedies from 1952 to 1962
By Constance Filaroni.

Garinei and Giovannini. Musical comedies from 1952 to 1962 reconstructs in detail the path leading to the birth of Pietro Garinei and Sandro Giovannini’s Italian-style musical comedy. Starting from the cultural context of the 1950s in which the first fairy tales and musical adventures are set, Attanasio vain horse, Alvaro rather privateer, Tobias the candid spy, Jupiter in double-breasted and Charles not to do so, touching on the operetta genre with The Grand Duchess and the Waiters, via musical comedies Mistress of Moonbeam, Good night, Bettina, A pair of wings, The Adorable Julius, A Trapeze for Lysistrata and A Mandarin for Teo, you will be guided through to the conception and realization of the two celebratory plays written for the centenary of the Unification of Italy: Rinaldo in the Field and Henry ’61.

This book is the first of three dedicated to the artistic work of the Garinei and Giovannini company, the protagonists of Italian Musical Comedy from the early 1950s to the first decade of the 2000s. The volume received institutional support from the General Directorate for Libraries and Cultural Institutes of MiBACT and, thanks to the valuable collaboration with Istituto Luce Cinecittà, is enriched with more than 50 mostly unpublished photographs documenting the historical productions and protagonists of the first decade of the Garinei and Giovannini couple.

The forewords are by Maurizio Porro, Italian journalist, film and theater critic, and Stefanella Giovannini, Sandro’s daughter.

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ISBN 978-88-31996-06-8 (paperback)
ISBN 978-88-31996-07-5 (eBook)

Costanza Filaroni graduated in Disciplines of Arts, Music and Performing Arts (Dams) from the University of Florence. In 2014, she graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts, and in 2016 she graduated from the School of Musical Theater with a degree in Directing. In the same year, for the Sacro Monte Calvario Music Chapel’s Summer Concerts series, he supervised the adaptation and direction of Macbeth. In 2017 he directed Next to Normal and the following year Rent at the National Theater in Milan. In 2019, for the project Ragazzi, all’Opera!, he signed the direction of Le Nozze di Figaro, co-produced by Fondazione Teatro Coccia and STM.