Book by Jeannine Dominy
Lyrics by Amanda McBroom
Music by Michele Brourman
Adapted from the screenplay The Honest Courtesan written by Jeannine Dominy, released as the film Dangerous Beauty
Inspired by the scholarly book The Honest Courtesan by Margaret Rosenthal.
Dangerous Beauty tells the tumultuous tale of Veronica Franco, a notorious courtesan/poet of 16th century Venice and features a score that combines the best of classical and pop musical styles. Veronica is forced to become a courtesan when her mother reveals that they have lost their fortune and therefore the marriage to the man she loves is impossible. She ultimately embraces the courtesan life because it affords her the means to an education and an active role in the cultural and political life of her beloved city. As Venice is ravaged by war, plague, and the Inquisition, Veronica is put on trial for Witchcraft. An epic story of passion, politics and poetry. Dangerous Beauty features a book by screenwriter Jeannine Dominy, lyrics by Golden Globe winner (for the song “The Rose”) Amanda McBroom (Heartbeats: NAMT Festival 1992), and music by Johnny Mercer Songwriter award winner Michele Brourman (I Married Wyatt Earp, Heartbeats: NAMT Festival 1992).
Production Dates: Summer of 2008
About the Dangerous Beauty Artists
Jeannine Dominy (Book) received her B.A. from Yale, studied theatre at Berkeley, and received her M.F.A. from Columbia. Her script THE HONEST COURTESAN, the first to reach production and the first that required writing verse, was released by Warner Bros. as the film DANGEROUS BEAUTY in 1998. Her original script GOD’S MISTRESS was a Nicholls finalist and winner of the Laurel Screenwriting award. She has written for numerous studios and independents and is currently working on a project for Focus Features.
Amanda McBroom (Lyrics) first came to the attention of the music public when Bette Midler’s version of Amanda's song "The Rose" hit number one all over the world in 1979; Amanda won the Golden Globe for Best Song in 1980. Her compositions have been recorded by such artists as Judy Collins, Barbara Cook, Betty Buckley, and The Manhattan Transfer. She composed songs for the television series "Cop Rock" and with Michele Brourman, she has been the lyricist for 12 animated films in The Land Before Time series for Universal Studios. She has been the recipient of the Johnny Mercer Award for Songwriter of the Year. Her original musical Heartbeats had its world premiere at the old Globe Theatre in San Diego in 1990. The musical is now represented by the Rodgers and Hammerstein Music Library. Her latest one-woman musical, A Woman of Will received its world premiere at the Rubicon Theatre in Los Angeles in June of 2004 and opened Off-Broadway in October of 2005.
Michele Brourman (Music) is a winner of the Johnny Mercer Songwriter Award whose songs have been recorded by Olivia Newton-John, Michael Feinstein, Donny Osmond, Cleo Laine, and others and featured in television and film. She composed the dance and incidental music for Working on Broadway. Her musical I Married Wyatt Earp (with lyricist Sheilah Rae) recently premiered at the Bristol Riverside Theatre. Brourman and McBroom have written songs for fourteen animated features, garnering nominations for ANI and DVD Premier awards.
Sheryl Kaller (Director) has directed at New York Stage & Film, The New Group, Naked Angels, American Conservatory Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Rubicon, The York, EST, National Theatre of the Deaf and Man in The Moon (London). She is the co-founder and was the Artistic Director (1994-2000) of Two Island Productions, a New York and Bermuda-based theatre company. Upcoming projects include The Last Smoker in America by Bill Russell and Peter Melnick (York Theatre) and Dangerous Beauty by Amanda McBroom, Michele Brourman and Jeannine Dominiy.