His arrangements and orchestrations can be heard on Broadway Star Steve Tewksbury’s Album “The Luckiest”, with Adam Bartley (current star of the television show “Longmire”) and for the musical "The Presidents" and a new repertory orchestration for Franks Loesser's "Guys and Dolls."
As a composer he wrote the music for the national touring musicals "Viva Agua" (Book by John DiAntonio) and "Mathstronaut" (Book by John DiAntonio) and the comedy "Pants on Fire" (Book by Jessica Jackson). He also composed the music for the plays Harry the Great (book by John DiAntonio) and Tamin of the Shrew (Book by Nagle Jackson), as well as a jingle for a TCBY commercial.
VIVA AGUA Music & Lyrics by Joe Montelione
Young Rosita goes on a whirlwind adventure to save her family's farm from a devastating drought. She and her baby brother, Pepito, learn about the power of The Water Cycle as they follow water from the family's dried up well to the banks of the Rio Grande. Their adventures include an encounter with the mysterious La Llorona and an epic battle with a T-Rex skeleton! This high energy musical promises to get kids jazzed about theatre and learning!
"Students can still remember concepts and want to have another performance. It was wonderful - covered standards in an exciting, engaging manner!"
Sandi Bullock, 1st Grade Teacher, Idalia Elementary, Idalia, CO
“I LOVED that play!! In fact, I liked it so much I'm rating it 10 out of 10!! It was one of the best plays I have ever seen!"
Tel, 4th Grade Student, Hotchkiss K-8 School
Victor Gonzales, Principal, La Luz Elementary, La Luz, NM
"A great experience for the students!! Not only enjoyable and entertaining, but educational as well!"
Amy L. Browning, 5th Grade Teacher, Alamosa Elementary, Alamosa, CO
" TOP NOTCH! You will not be disappointed!"
Jill Gonzales, Principal, Pinon Elementary, Los Alamos, NM
"You cannot ask for a better way to introduce science concepts than the way DiAntonio and Montelione present them."
"Barbara Kress, 2nd Grade Teacher, Pinon Elementary, Los Alamos, NM
MATHSTRONAUT Music & Lyrics by Joe Montelione
The Mars Rover has mysteriously turned off. NASA has designed the smallest space module to date for the 245 day round trip journey. The spacecraft is so small they only have one option: To send a kid to Mars!
Young Isabella and her pet monkey Houston are chosen for this cosmic adventure. But Isabella has an achilles heal: Math word problems. Will they make it back from Mars in one piece? It’s going to take some serious problem solving. This high energy musical promises to get kids jazzed about math and outer space!
“All of the students were talking about it on the way back to school. It is a great opportunity for the students. The performance was wonderful and I wish we could have more throughout the year!!!”
-Abby Lucero, Trinity Lutheran School Teacher
"I heard our students talking about the performance for many days following so I know that they got the message of the performance and took it to heart."
"The students were engaged, interactive, and enthralled during the entire performance!"
“The kids and teachers very much enjoyed themselves this morning! We can’t wait for next year!”
-Kirstin Fletcher, Lone Tree Arts Center Education Coordinator
Book: Jessica Jackson, John Diantonio, Caitlyn Wise, Brian Kusic, Graham Ward
Music: Joe Montelione
A totally made up musical for kids! Ever wondered what would happen if you could control a play? Come find out in this hour-long improvised musical guided from the ideas of kids in the audience.
"While in Creede for the Mountain Run and a short family vacation, we took three young children (ages 2-5) to the Creede Rep for a children's play, "Pants on Fire". This improvisational piece was well worth attending and the kids had a blast. We loved how the 5 actors involved the kids in the production and made it so fun and silly for them. My 5-year-old daughter was so excited to be able to contribute to the play and seeing the actors reaction when she suggested a "When-what-when-who" (from Dr Suess) as the animal used throughout the play!"
- TripAdvisor: Sept 15, 2013