Gilbert Tovar | Much Ado About Rosey

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Much Ado About Rosey

by Gilbert Tovar

Based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Much Ado About Rosey is a jazz opera set in Los Angeles during the early 70’s.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Opening
3:55 $0.99
2. Hey There, Benny
4:10 $0.99
3. Lupe's Hot Tonight
2:35 $0.99
4. Me and the Boys
3:45 $0.99
5. Uncle Eddy
6:46 $0.99
6. Day of the Dead
4:23 $0.99
7. Goblins, Ghosts
1:24 $0.99
8. Dear Cousin
3:36 $0.99
9. Tell Me Who Told You
2:29 $0.99
10. Old Friend
2:26 $0.99
11. What Did I Do?
1:51 $0.99
12. Once I Had a Love
4:38 $0.99
13. Have a Little Plan
5:51 $0.99
14. Barrachio
4:02 $0.99
15. Show Me
4:31 $0.99
16. How's it Going, Manuel?
6:09 $0.99
17. Love Is a Wonderful Thing
6:31 $0.99
18. I Have Been Sent Here
3:47 $0.99
19. What Did You Say?
2:38 $0.99
20. What Do I Hear?
2:27 $0.99
21. Listen Boys
4:14 $0.99
22. Do You Believe in That?
0:25 $0.99
23. Opening (Reprise)
3:21 $0.99
24. What Went Wrong?
3:54 $0.99
25. No Need to Thank Me
3:52 $0.99
26. It Is Benny Your Old Friend
4:37 $0.99
27. Barrachio (Reprise)
3:15 $0.99
28. This Is It
7:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Much Ado About Rosey"
An opera by Gilbert Tovar

Much Ado About Rosey, a musical based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, is set in Los Angeles during the early 70’s. Benny and his buddy Charlie return (after serving in the armed forces for 4 years) to their East LA neighborhood. Charlie’s intent is to marry his life-long girlfriend, Rosey. Benny, on the other hand, who takes pride in his reputation of pleasing the women, is surprised to find that his old lover, Lupe (Rosey’s cousin) is in town. Though once in love, they parted years before, Benny choosing the excitement of street life and partying, over a serious relationship. The fire between them will prove to prevail, however.

Several weeks later, Eddie (Rosey’s uncle and ½ brother of Rosey’s father, Leonardo) upon hearing of Rosey and Charlie’s engagement, plots with his man, Borracho, to bring shame upon Leonardo’s family. He stages a scenario in which Charlie and Benny see Borracho making love to a young woman who resembles Rosey. Charlie and Benny go for the bait and the day before the wedding Charlie publicly disgraces Rosey, much to her shock.

The musical is full of songs depicting the bonds of friendship, the celebrations as well as challenges in am immigrant Latino community, and the surprises that love between a man and a woman never fail to bring. These scenes are interwoven with moments of darkness and revenge before the characters more or less get what they all deserve.

The play opens up in what will be repeated in Act III. As a priest sings a song of hope and advice to Rosey, the mood is suddenly changed. A 12 year old kid enters from the side and begins banging on a piano. This noise becomes the opening music. As the priest hurries over to stop the intrusion, Rosey’s friend runs in and whispers to her that Charlie is extremely angry with her. She tells her that he is on his way to confront Rosey, believing that she has been unfaithful to him (events which are explained in Act II). An uproarious scream of “Rosey!” begins the descent of Charlie, Benny and their boys, to accuse Rosey. Rosey, shocked, begins singing the first son in Act I, “What Have I Ever Done to Hurt You?” The closing of this song marks the beginning of the story, as the audience is informed that the following scenes (beginning with the song, “Hey There, Benny”) have taken place three days prior to the opening scene.

Rosey Daughter of Leonard
Charlie In love with Rosey
Lupe Rosey’s cousin; love/hates Benny
Benny Gang leader; falls for Lupe against his will
Leonard Rosey’s father
Uncle Eddie Leonard’s half brother
Borracho One of Uncle Eddie’s boys
‘Lil Joe One of Uncle Eddie’s boys

About the composer:
Lyricist and composer, Gilbert holds a BA in Music Performance and an MA in Music Composition from California State University, Los Angeles. He has taught music performance to children in various Los Angeles parochial schools, his students often performing his works for public audiences. “Much Ado About Rosey’ is his third musical. Mr.Tovar lives with his wife and sons in the downtown Los Angeles area. He can be reached at



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