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Waiting For Johnny Depp - A New Musical with Heart

By Anita Lee

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Waiting for Johnny Depp is a new musical by the award winning team of Janet Cole Valdez, Bettie Ross, and Deedee O’Malley, and is choreographed by Zonnie Bauer.  O’Malley delightfully stars as New York actress Rita Donatella.  She takes the audience (quite willingly) along with her on her quest to land the role of a lifetime in a Johnny Depp film.  Valdez, O’Malley, and arranger Ross have created a soundtrack of wonderful and addictive songs that continue to dance through your mind days after seeing the show.  Luckily there is a cast album available.  Standout hits are “Anything for My Craft” and “What Really Matters.”  Great songwriting…

 

O’Malley is fierce as Rita Donatella, this girl’s got heart… We wince at some of her choices and care that she prevails as she constantly re-invents herself to be more perfect for the role.  What would you do for your art?  Anything?  Rita fights the familiar financial and personal battles every artist wrestles with, with humor and chutzpah.  Through demands of career, dating, and family she sells off her personal possessions sacrificing practically everything it seems before she realizes the meaning of what really matters in life.

 

Get the soundtrack…you’ll want to sing along.

 

WAITING FOR JOHNNY DEPP, A New Musical

 

Waiting for Johnny Depp presented by K.I.S.S. Theatricals is playing this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at The Secret Rose Theatre 11246 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601.  For tickets go to plays411.com/johnnydepp or call (323) 960-7788.

 

Janet Cole Valdez is a gold record winning, former Motown songwriter, whose songs have appeared in numerous movies, television, recording albums, and stage musicals.  She currently has two TV theme songs airing weekly throughout the US.  Janet’s rock musical Emerald Man debuted in the 2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival to rave reviews.  Emerald Man was then chosen for the 2007 ASCAP/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop.  Other musicals include Cole and Porter, which was optioned by Jersey Boys producer John Osher and invited into the 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival.  She and her partner were commissioned by The Lion King producer Peter Schneider to create songs for a new musical.

 

Deedee O’Malley’s awards include the Los Angeles Music Awards’Singer-Songwriter of the Year,Music Connection’s Magazine’s#1 Indie CD of the Year,and the Star 98.7Lilith Fair Contesthosted by Ryan Seacrest.  The East Coast world knows Deedee as an award-winning actor.  The West Coast knows her as an award-winning singer/songwriter.  Finally a show that ties all of Deedee O’Malley’s talents together in one platform.  Upon graduating with a BFA in Theatre Arts from Hofstra University and winning best actress 3 years in a row, O’Malley quickly landed a starring role in the Off-Broadway children’s musical Sneakers.  O’Malley not only starred in the show but eventually added two original songs to the soundtrack.  Deedee has composed music for three successful theatrical musicals.  Her last musical No Time to Weep ran at the Matrix Theatre in Hollywood for 8 weeks in 2012.   Deedee is a co-writer of the theme song for weekly TV series Live Life & Win!

 

Arranger Bettie Ross is an award-winning composer and keyboardist.  She has 2 gold records for pipe organ performances on albums by Meat Loaf and Faith Hill.  Her solo piano CD, won Best Solo Piano Album and Best Solo Piano Song at the 2009 Just Plain Folks Awards.  Bettie composed the music for Nancy Cartwright’s Dramalogue award-winning one-woman show In Search of Fellini,as well as Neon: a Vaudeville of Obsessions.  For Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Bettie worked as part of the music prep team and assisted arranger/composer David Campbell.

 

Waiting for Johnny Depp is playing this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at The Secret Rose Theatre 11246 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601.  For tickets go to plays411.com/johnnydepp or call (323) 960-7788.

Published on Jan 24, 2014

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