Buffa! has been delighting audiences at libraries, senior centers, churches, and other events throughout CT with their theatrical style of musical entertainments. Our productions go beyond the traditional concert venue, incorporating sets, costume changes, and props for a full theatrical experience. Programs vary from full-scale plays to musical entertainments with a comic bent. Choose from the programs below, or contact us to create a new program to suit your event.
Buffa! duet and trio programs include:
Comedy Tonight: An evening of comic songs from a variety of repertoire, including Broadway, operetta, and British music hall. Includes music of Sondheim, Bernstein, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Goldrich & Heisler, Gilbert & Sullivan, Cole Porter, and more.
30-Minute Musical: Ever wish you could fast-forward through a play? 30-Minute Musical presents a complete romance, from first meeting to happy ending, in 30 minutes flat, told entirely in song. Join us for a whirlwind tour through 80 years of Broadway favorites.
The Bing Como/Candy Williams Special: a lovingly crafted spoof of those Christmas specials you remember from your childhood. With special "surprise guests" and holiday favorites such as Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bell Rock, Let it Snow, and many more.
Bing and Candy's Hawaiian Holiday: Bing and Candy return in the Hawaiian-themed holiday special, and hilarious complications ensue! Featuring a madcap plot and tons of favorite songs such as Mele Kalikimaka, Silver Bells, Baby It's Cold Outside, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree.
The Coffee Cantata: This comic cantata is a tour de force for the members of Buffa! Our original English translation sparkles with modern humor. The costumes, props, and antics will have you wondering "Is the J.S. or P.D.Q. Bach?"
From the Page to the Stage: Designed specifically for libraries, From the Page to the Stage is an entertaining look at literary influences on musical theatre. Featuring unforgettable melodies from My Fair Lady, The King & I, West Side Story, The Music Man, and many other Broadway classics.
Tunes from Tinseltown: This fast-paced revue features music from your favorite films, gleaned from The American Film Institute's list of 100 all-time best movie songs. And or course, there's also a love story...
I'll See You Again: An evening with Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence. Featuring the writings and music of Noel Coward.
Loveknots: Songs that celebrate love...and some that do not! Featuring music of favorite composers such as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Gilbert and Sullivan, Franz Lehar, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin, just to name a few!
Buffa! is also proud to present Lollipop Opera, a touring company which presents operas in a fun and interactive style especially for children. Our concert programs include three very different a capella quartets: The Elizabethan Consort, which performs strolling madrigals with a comic flair in Renaissance costume, Four Wheel Jive, performing jazzy songs with a Manhattan Transfer style flair, and UnCommon Time, whose repertoire includes jazz, doo-wop, children's classics from Disney, novelty songs, and many standards from popular music and Broadway. All of these groups may be found on this site under separate listing.
Deanna K. Swanson
►Toured with Connecticut Opera’s Opera Express, performing concerts at various venues such as Taste of Hartford and First Night, as well as children’s operas throughout Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island.
►Sung lead roles with Queens Opera (Queens, NY), Crystal Opera (Norwalk, CT), Opera Theatre of CT (Clinton, CT ), Connecticut Lyric Opera (New London, CT), Amarante’s Dinner Theatre, The Producing Guild, The Warner Theatre, and The CT Gilbert & Sullivan Society
►Featured soloist in the Wistariahurst Concert Series (Holyoke, MA) and with the Torrington and West Hartford Symphonies
►Graduate, Magna cum laude, Hartt School of Music (B.M. in Opera)
John T. Swanson, II
►Performed lead roles with Long Wharf Theatre, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Amarante's Dinner Theatre, The River Rep at Ivoryton, Thomaston Opera House, The Warner Theatre, Wachusett Theatre, and The Producing Guild
►Featured soloist with the Torrington and West Hartford Symphonies
►Featured voice talent for programs on WNPR, WPLR, and Shubert Radio Theatre.
►Actor and voice talent on local and national commercials including Charter Cable, Charles Toyota, BabySense, and Rescue Heroes and on the web series "Welcome to Grandpaville"
“John T. and Deanna Kay Swanson. .. shine in the demanding, emotion-packed roles... Both have rich and soaring voices with good range, well-suited to the classic Coward music....Deanna and John Swanson have done a first-rate job of bringing Noel and Gertie’s story to life.”Ellen R. Delisio, The Journal Inquirer
“...performed faultlessly by local artists John and Deanna Swanson...There was champagne in their music and martinis in their wit...In addition to the sensitive acting (and clowning as sailors in Has Anybody Seen Our Ship?) from this recently married couple, one is regaled with splendid singing throughout the revue...” Bob Cumming, Hometown News Publications