Eltingville Lawyer ‘Every Wednesday Night, a production about how a man copes with the loss of his father, set to open in December / Inside Out

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Starting from the left, Jonathan D’Agostino and Michael August Walton composed 14 original songs (music and lyrics) for “Every Wednesday Night”. (Courtesy / Jonathan D’Agostino) Staten Island AdvanceStaten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, NY – During this holiday time of year when the spirit of giving and family traditions and customs are a high priority, Jonathan D’Agostino’s original musical titled “Every Wednesday Night” seems to be making the cut. case.

The production, which pays a tender and loving tribute to D’Agostino’s late father, is performed by Phoenix and The Holmdel (NJ) Theater Group at the theater located at 33 Crawfords Corner Rd., 07733.

With a book written by D’Agostino, “Every Wednesday Night” is a heartfelt account of how a man copes with the loss of his father through a chance encounter with a group of karaoke regulars. Together, they form a friendship that has them hang their worries on the microphone stand and sing their way through 14 original classics and a number of jukebox classics.

The musical consists of 14 original songs (music and lyrics) written by D’Agostino and Michael August Walton. It is directed by James Grausam and produced by Colleen Cook and James Grausam.

“It’s pretty autobiographical,” said D’Agostino, a successful lawyer engaged in private practice in Eltingville, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and New Jersey. “I’m a songwriter and as they say in Nashville, ‘It all starts with a song.'”

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Starting from the left, Jo Wymer and Gabby Cinque in “Every Wednesday Night”. (Courtesy / Jonathan D’Agostino) Staten Island AdvanceStaten Island Advance

D’Agostino says he sat down with his co-writer one day and said, “I wanted to write my ‘Piano Man’, about those karaoke regulars I met while learning to cope. after the death of my father. And the song was called “Every Wednesday Night”.

After he finished the song, he realized that there was more to be said as these characters all had unique stories that needed to be told. So they dug and spent almost a year putting it in place.

“When we had a first draft, COVID hit and shut down the live theater. I am involved in community theater and donated the show to Phoenix Productions to use as a COVID secure fundraiser. We raised nearly $ 40,000 through ticket sales and sponsorships, ”he continued.

Now in its third iteration, it is being performed jointly by Phoenix and The Holmdel Theater Group in Holmdel, NJ on Wednesday, December 15, Thursday, December 16, and Friday, December 17 at 8 p.m. ET.

And D’Agostino adds, it’s no coincidence that it opens on a Wednesday evening.

“I am so excited for the performances to come as the backdrop for the show is a bar and the audience will feel they are a part of the show as it unfolds around them in the intimate and incredible stage provided by the Holmdel theater, “he points out.

“I’m so proud of the show,” he exclaims. “It is feeling good with the heart, a real pain with tears of joy. The songs are not typical musical theater. The backdrop of the karaoke bar allowed us to write classic Rick, pop, jazz, R&B and add a standards jukebox.

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From left to right, Chris Guelph, Mark Piltz and Hudson Eder in “Every Wednesday Night” by Jonathan D’Agostino. (Courtesy / Jonathan D’Agostino) Staten Island AdvanceStaten Island Advance

Tickets are priced at $ 36 for adults; students, $ 30. For tickets and more information call 732 946-0427 or [email protected]

Jonathan heads the D’Agostino & Associates law firm in Eltingville, where he has represented injury victims for more than four decades. And he’s also a songwriter and owner of a music publishing company he calls Demolition Music Publishing in Nashville. The company is named after his late father, Anthony D’Agostino, a New York-based bulldozer operator specializing in demolition and excavation.

Jonathan initially traveled to Nashville to share his passion for music and songwriting.

Since then, her songwriting skills have been recognized by her peers in the country music industry, with her songs repeatedly making it to the Country Music Television / Nashville Songwriters Association International’s top 10 annual song finalists ( CMT / NSAI). competition of the year.

And dozens of original Jonathan compositions have been recorded, some finding their way onto television and even the big screen.

He was also named the Grand Prize winner of the prestigious John Lennon Global Songwriting Competition for his song “LAST”, which he entered in the Country Song category. In fact, it brought D’Agostino close to $ 10,000 in prizes and automatic placement in the “All Music Categories” contest for $ 20,000 in cash. “

CELEBRATIONS – NOV. 28 TO DEC. 4

NOV. 28

Birthday greetings on Sunday to Mary Carucci, Jim Purcaro, Charles John Romano, Collette Lamirand and Kali-Rose DeCristoforo, who turns 13.

NOV. 29

Best of Birthdays Mondays to Paul Cobb, Bonnie Giovinazzo, Twins Shannon and Danielle Piacentino, Lauren Ciocco, Maura Lee Wood, Lumy Rivera, Stephen Hart, Gene McIntosh, Brielle Smith, Patrick Connelly, Ann Marie Bumbalo, Edith Gerhard and Marie D ‘Amica.

NOV. 30

Birthday greetings Tuesday to Larry Guidice, Salvatore Gandolfo, Mark Quinn, 26 year old Amy Warner (Bonnie McDermott, Bob Kruse, Stefanie Bivona and 14 year old Lilly Dimino.

DEC. 1

Happy Birthday Wednesday to Steve Pedersen, Jeff Long, Dan O’Leary, Robin Behar, Tom Macchia, Peter McFeeley and Emma Rose Fleming. ??

Happy wedding anniversary Wednesday to Deana and James Walker, who turn 18th. Deana was Miss Staten Island 1998 and won the title of Miss New York.

DEC. 2

Happy Birthday Thursday to Lisette Faraj, John DiClerico, Rose Moody, Brother Jerome M. Smith, Harold Lara, Robert Nestel, Nick Lauser, Lisa Marie Madalone, Lana Sbarra and Maria Gorgia.

DEC. 3

Happy birthday to Friday to Lillian Zippilli who turns 100, twins Liana and Christopher Calabro who turn 10, Patty Driscoll, Kacey Semler, Joe Hicks II, Jonathan Rodriguez, Claire Bisignano Chesnoff, Laura Lorentzen, Terry Naeder, Lorraine Coppola and Allen Cappelli, Staten Island Lawyer and MTA Board Member and Advocate for Transit and Toll Enforcement.

DEC. 4

The happiest of birthdays to Michele Valente, Katie Fleming, Jeanine Koesel, Christian Trischitta, Deborah Bocchiaro, Michael Forlenza, Lisa Marie Madalone and Jordan Anthony J. Ferrer who turns 14.

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