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It's Only Life

John Bucchino’s songs have been recorded and performed by Judy Collins, Patti LuPone, Yo-Yo Ma, Audra MacDonald, Liza Minnelli, Art Garfunkel and many others.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Revue

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Target Audience: Adult, Senior
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! LA's 2008 Ovation Award for Best Book/Lyric/Music for an Original Musical
John Bucchino’s songs have been recorded and performed by Judy Collins, Patti LuPone, Yo-Yo Ma, Audra MacDonald, Liza Minnelli, Art Garfunkel and many others. 

Conceived by director Daisy Prince and the award-winning songwriter, IT’S ONLY LIFE is a musical revue about longing, fulfillment, loss, triumph and ultimately wisdom. According to the New York Times, Bucchino's 'flowing, finely made piano ballads describe an urban life in which relationships come and go in cycles of yearning, fulfillment, heartbreak and healing' - where romantic love is anticipated with 'high expectations, high anxiety and open hearts.' 

The show won LA's 2008 Ovation Award for Best Book/Lyrics/Music for an Original Musical.

REVIEWS:

“Mr. Bucchino occupies a special niche. His flowing, finely made piano ballads describe an urban single life in which relationships come and go... with high expectations, high anxiety and open hearts.”

Stephen Holden The New York Times

"As its title suggests, Bucchino's revue takes a look at those moments when life throws us a curve. His lyrics are smart and intelligent (not always the same thing) and his melodies complex yet accessible and yes, even hummable. Performed by a sterling cast imported from New York and directed by the brilliant Daisy Prince, It's Only Life provides a truly gorgeous and thrilling evening of musical theater."

Steven Stanley StageSceneLA.com

 “A new American pop master... Bucchino merges the artfulness and sophistication of America’s master songwriters (Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, George Gershwin) with the contemporary style and plaintive folk quality of the top singer/songwriters who emerged in the 1970s, such as Carole King and James Taylor.”

The Houston Chronicle


"An original, inspirational and distinctive voice."

The Sydney Morning Herald

"...at his frequent, superlative best he can be as moody as Schubert or jazzed as    Bernstein.”                               

The Village Voice

"John Bucchino's songs are the continuation in the evolution of classic American    popular song.  He is a man of great talent."

Michael Feinstein

"If Tennessee Williams was alive and writing tunes he'd be John Bucchino."

Rex Reed The New York Observer

“Brimming with intimate character portraits, sophisticated intelligence and emotional sincerity, the impeccably crafted songs of John Bucchino... mine deep revelations about idealism, disillusionment and their ultimate reconciliation.

Philip Brandes The Los Angeles Times

“For lovers of musical theatre, It's Only Life is one of the rare genuine must-sees. And if you're someone who has been thinking about giving musical theatre a shot, you'd be hard pressed to find a better starting point.”

Daniel G Taylor Stage Whispers

“Mr. Bucchino possesses a singular voice and an absolute integrity of expression.”

Barry Singer The New York Times
  • Casting: 3M, 2F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

  • ANDREA
    BILLY
    BROOKS
    GAVIN
    JESSICA

    IT’S ONLY LIFE was originally designed with 3 men and 2 women, however it can be performed with a larger cast. The character names (taken from the recording) are used only as reference. In your production and program, you may substitute the names of your performers.
  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Libretto
    1 x Piano Vocal Score

    $24.00
    Pre-Production Pack Shipped upon receipt of a signed License Agreement and full payment of all invoices. This is optional.

    1 x Libretto
    1 x Piano Vocal Score

    $75.00
    Rehearsal Material Shipped a minimum of 3 months before the last performance. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    10 x Libretto
    10 x Piano Vocal Scores

    $550.00 +$135.00/pm
    Lib/Vocal Book 10 Pack Shipped with (or after) Rehearsal Material. This is optional.

    10 x Libretto-Vocal Books

    $50.00 +$50.00/pm