Some say they don’t get mad, they get even.
University of Arizona grad Ruthe Ponturo got both.
Ponturo, who received her BFA and MFA in theater arts from the UA, has just received a Drama Desk Award nomination in the “Outstanding Revue" category for her musical piece, “Til Divorce Do We Part.”
The revue, which completed its successful off-Broadway run in April, was inspired by
Ponturo’s not-too-pleasant divorce.
In 2011, her husband of 34 years, the Broadway producer Tony Ponturo, up and left her for his much-younger producing partner.
“... It was very shocking,” Ruthe told TheaterMania before her revue opened earlier this year. “And I just started to hear these lyrics in my head, and you know, thought, ‘Huh, I should write this down.’”
And so she did. Ruthe, who has acted, danced, directed, taught and choreographed for more than three decades, created a musical revue in which she could pour all her bitterness, anger and sorrow into songs that would speak to many women and, coincidentally, exact a lovely revenge.
The revue featured 25 songs that Ruthe wrote, working with composer John Thomas Fischer.
A sampling of a typical lyric, this from the song “Wedding Vows:” “That brain behind your zipper/Made you a liar and pretty mean/You’d better get Viagra/To fill out those designer jeans.”
“Til Divorce” opened in 2012 at the Triad Theatre on New York City’s upper west side,
and in February of this year moved to the off-Broadway theater DR2 in Union Square. It opened there one day after Tony Ponturo’s “Bronx Bombers” opened on Broadway. His closed less than a month later amid poor attendance and not-great reviews, while hers had
a healthy four-month run and gushing reviews. That’s a nice little bit of revenge Ruthe might have hoped for, but didn’t count on.