Biello Martin Songbook

The Biello Martin Songbook is a new musical revue featuring songs from Michael and Dan’s musicals Breathe, The Cousins Grimm, Marry Harry, and In My Body – along with some of their favorite stand-alones. Directed by Jeffrey Lesser, Songbook was produced in 2016 at the Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake in Center City Philadelphia. Dan emceed from the piano, joined by cellist Anthony Pirollo and a cast of four singers – Chase Byrd, Samantha Riesenberg, Melissa Kolczynski, and Cory Wade. Presented by Nicole Manning in association with Center City Theatre Works.

Excerpts from Emily Kluver’s review on – Independent coverage of Philadelphia theater and art, 4/24/16:

“Bi-blues,” is one of twenty hilarious, heart-wrenching, and dazzling songs that make up the BIELLO MARTIN SONGBOOK, directed by Jeffrey Lesser and musical director Jeff McDonnell. The cabaret show is composed of an entertaining collection of songs written over the years by Dan Martin (composer and pianist) and Michael Biello (lyricist), longtime collaborators and life partners.

As Martin tickles the ivories and extraordinarily talented and accomplished Anthony Pirollo accompanies on the cello, a collection of four actors acts out the scenarios. The songs range from funny little numbers about porn stars to beautiful ballads that tug at your heart strings. In one particularly moving piece, a little girl imagines life married to a woman, a life unlike those she sees around her.

Dan Martin’s narration makes each song more powerful as he explains the story behind each piece. Using beautiful chandeliers (from the well-known Biello Martin Studio in Philadelphia), Clifford Greer’s lighting perfectly complements the mood and tone of each song, while the artistic team kept costumes and sets simple and fun.”