“You have to consider that top singers and celebrities have a lot of impact on our lives. Just look at someone like Michael Jackson and how the music of artists becomes the soundtrack of your life,” Donna Migliaccio said. “That power is what Daniella is trying to harness – the ability to get into people’s hearts.”
Donna knows something about breaking into people’s hearts herself, winning numerous awards over the course of her three decades on stage in the DC area, including turns in Sunday in the Park and Simply Sondheim at Signature Theater in Arlington. She now brings Daniella, a big shot record executive with a ruthless streak, to life in the new pop musical Girlstar, which begins previews at Signature October 14.
“The show has a lot to say about power and fame,” Donna said. “My character is a music producer who wants power and is seeking to create the ultimate girl star.“ Eager to hitch herself to a starlet on the ascent, Daniella spots her opportunity in her long-lost niece Tina (Desi Oakley) with whom she quickly forms a bond that is almost mother-daughter in nature.
“Tina is an aspiring artist with a dream, trying to make it in the business,” said Desi, fresh from a stint on Broadway in Wicked. “I can definitely relate to those elements of her character.”
Eager to be molded into a star, Tina allows her aunt to shape her voice, image, and very persona into star material – but how far will she allow herself to be changed?
October 14 – November 15, 2015
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Signature, an institution with long experience in cultivating new musicals, is a fitting venue for Girlstar’s world premiere. “Any new show involves trying new things out. The real challenge is doing that in the same four week rehearsal period with music, dancing, orchestration changing – add the technical aspects to that, and it can be exhausting at times,” said Donna. “It requires you to come to the studio with your full set of tools. You don’t come in warm up – you’re ready to roll when you get here.”
“It’s a big challenge, like throwing pasta against the wall and seeing what sticks – but it’s a great challenge,” Desi said. “To get to sink your teeth into an original role like this – I know actors and actresses that never have the opportunity to originate a role like this.”
“It’s a fairy tale in many senses,” Desi noted.
Directed by Signature co-founder and artistic director Eric Schaeffer, the production features book and lyrics by Anton Dudley and music by Brian Feinstein.
Desi Oakley sings “Tonight” from Girlstar.