Joe Paggi wants to bring joy with Morristown Onstage performance
Joe Paggi wants to bring joy with “Morristown Onstage’ performance
Michael Izzo , @MIzzoDR 5:21 p.m. ET Jan. 23, 2017
This is the 9th in a series of profiles highlighting the finalists of Morristown Onstage, to be held March 1 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center.
MORRISTOWN – A classically-trained singer will perform publicly for the first time in several years, taking the stage as a finalist in Morristown Onstage.
Joe Paggi, 25, from Wappingers Falls, N.Y., will sing “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban at the Mayo Performing Arts Center this March.
“It’s a moving piece,” he said. “I like to sing pieces that people not only enjoy, but are impacted by. I think this piece is beautiful in that it is inspiring and hopeful, as much as it is beautiful.”
Paggi’s decision to audition for Morristown Onstage came at the last minute, hearing about the show from a friend in town, where he works as an IT professional recruiter.
“I was unaware it existed until a few weeks before the auditions but a good friend of mine brought it to my attention,” he said. “I liked the cause that it was for and I have been looking for a good way to get back on stage and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.”
Leading up to the show, Paggi plans to continue to hone his skills.
“It has been a little while since I’ve competed at a level like this,” he said. “So I will be working my technique so I can give the best performance possible.”
Paggi insists he’s given little thought to winning and what he would do with any prize money, though he suspects he would donate it.
“This really isn’t about the money,” he said. “It’s about the experience and it is for an awesome cause.”
That’s not to say he doesn’t think he has a shot to win.
“I have had over eight years of classical and Broadway-style voice coaching and I came here to compete,” Paggi said. “I’m a very competitive person so I will make sure this performance is as close to flawless as possible.”
Paggi said he hopes his performance brings joy to the audience.
“The reason I sing is because not only is it fun, but I get the opportunity to bring smiles and warmth to those who listen. That is my driving force,” he said. “The encouragement I have received and the reception of my performances thus far keep me going and are the reason why singing is such an important part of who I am.”
Following the show in March, Paggi said he plans to continue working at his job in Morristown, which he enjoys, while incorporating more performances into his schedule.
“This is the first time I’ve really come back and been onstage in a few years,” Paggi said. “I’d love to see if this opportunity leads to new ones down the road.”
Staff Writer Michael Izzo: 973-428-6636; mizzo@GannettNJ.com
What: A show featuring the best amateur talent from Morristown, Morris Township and Morris Plains, presented by and benefiting the Morris Educational Foundation.
When: Wednesday, March 1
Where: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St. in Morristown.
Tickets: On sale starting Feb. 1. Prices range from $25 to $75. For information, call MPAC at 973-539-8008 or visit www.mayoarts.org.