The Little Flower. Tony Lo Bianco is Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia.

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The Little Floweris an educational, inspirational and at times comedic one-man show set in the office of Fiorello H. La Guardia, during his last day as three-term Mayor of New York City in 1945.  The stage is a theatricalize representation of the American-Georgian City Hall building in Manhattan’s City Hall Park.  The Little Flowerpresents a historic look into the life and career of Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia - a courageous and flamboyant personality, who read comics to the children during a newspaper strike, fought against corruption and cleaned up city politics setting a new standard for mayors and politicians in America.  He was a great statesman and champion of the poor and under privileged, and a father figure to millions of Americans living through the hard times of the 1930’s and 1940’s.  La Guardia was a man of integrity with outstanding principles, morals and values whose voice resonated throughout America. He was steadfast in standing up for his beliefs regardless of obstacles, challenges or political agenda.  The show is set in “present time-1945” and “flashbacks.”  Chronologically, it re-enacts important events in La Guardia’s life and the lessons he learned.  It moves colorfully through the first half of the 20th century in America, and provides a clear vision of a man who not only lived through those times, but helped shape them.  The problems La Guardia faced parallel those we are facing now.  He held strong convictions on family values, inflation, women’s suffrage, financial responsibility, education, unions, political corruption and prohibition.  He transcended political party barriers while holding strong to his plan of action that served him well then and could serve the American people today!