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The Mob and Me: The Musical

story by jane whitehead

Mob and Me Book Cover

Former Rhode Island Attorney General, radio talk-show host, one-time nun, and scourge of organized crime, Arlene Violet '74 uncovered the secret lives of gangsters in The Mob and Me: Wiseguys and the Witness Protection Program (Gallery Books, New York, 2010), an insider account of the early years of the Witness Protection Program written with former U.S. Marshal the late John Partington.

Now Violet shines a new spotlight on the wiseguys in her latest project, a musical called “The Family,” written with composer Enrico Garzilli, scheduled to run at the upstairs theater at Trinity Rep in Providence, RI, from June 2- June 30, 2011. Violet said in a recent interview that the musical features composite characters based on mafia boss Raymond Patriarca, hit man and loan shark Joe “The Animal” Barboza, Vincent “Fat Vinnie” Teresa and other Rhode Island mobsters she prosecuted.

Gritty rather than glamorous, with musical numbers like “Behold the Expert Killer” and “Whatever Happened to Family Values?” Violet calls “The Family” “a real, funny, honest-to-goodness peek at mob life,” based on source material including wiretap evidence and depositions. “I have all those guys still talking in my head,” said Violet. “I wanted this to be an exorcism.”

Read an excerpt from The Mob and Me

More on the musical from the Providence Journal

The Family
June 2 - June 30; Tickets go on sale on March 19th, www.trinityrep.com or by calling the box office at 401-351-4242.  The show is being performed at the Lederer Theater Center, home of Trinity Repertory Company.