A Writer-Producer-Director-Performer's Bio
Roxanna Bonilla-Giannini SAG-AFTRA-AEA-AGVA
For the year 2016-2017
I am currently creating a new musical for 2014 in Two acts, with the story line in three
different versions for three different audiences, english, french and spanish, where I' singing
24 beautiful musical numbers, originally interpreted by the great and only Barbra Streisand.
The fallowing two, 2 act-One Woman Musicals are of 1 hour 40 minutes each, plus a 15 to 20minute intermission. "An Evening..." can also be performed as a one woman show, or with 2 to 6 male actors/singers/dancers.
1) "An Evening With Marilyn * The Musical * Her intimate Self Portrait"
2) "Nostalgie"-Growing Up With The Movies-Variety Musical"
Based on my life, This is a "One Woman Variety Musical Tribute" to my parents, my siblings, the values and the music they taught to love, from broadway and classical, to international music, jazz, movie musicals, and opera.
Also both musicals could be performed as two different and separate shows of one hour each.
3) "Marilyn and Her Early Years * The Musical* Her intimate Self Portrait"_Part I" or
4) "Marilyn and The Men in Her Life * The Musical* Her intimate Self
5) "Nostalgie-Growing up With The Movies-Variety Musical-Part I" or
6) "Nostalgie-Growing up With The Movies-Variety Musical-Part II"
7) "International Musical Watercolors"
Is a musical show with songs from broadway and classical american as well as world standards in several languages, as a tribute to diverse cultures and their music, such as: american, brazilian, french, german, italian japanese,, spanish and yiddish.
8) "Sentimental Journey-A Visit With Great Ladies of Song"
A Show performing the songs made classic by: Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, Sara Vaughn, Billy Holiday and
Ms. Doris Day.
I have also created and written the book for two musical shows in French, with the songs in English:
9) "Une Soiree Avec Marilyn * Le Musical* Son Intime Autoportrait"
'Son Intime Autoportrait Musical " Regle le 28' Juillet 1962'
10) "Marilyn et Son Plombier, Qui se Prendre Pour Sinatra"
Avec Les Chansons en English et Francais.
I can write and perform any of my work in english, french, italian and spanish.
I can also sing in eight languages...and I'm learning new ways to express myself.
11) Feature Film in 35mm: "La Negrita"-"The Miracle of Our Lady of Los Angeles"
'A Light in The Forest'
Besides writing and executive producing "La Negrita", I performed as "Juana Pereira" with M. Rafael Banquells, who played 'my' "Abuelo Julian", the two leading characters in the 35mm full length feature film production of “La Negrita-The Miracle of Our Lady of Los Angeles" 'A Light in The Forest', which I wrote in the spirit of family, love, brotherhood and equality amongst all men and women, as represented by Juana Pereira, a young woman, of humble origins and mixed blood, who lived in the rain forest, just outside of Cartago in the year of 1635. I also served as the line producer, production manager, wrote the contracts for the crew and talent, wrote and sung the english and spanish lyrics for 'Costa Rica', the title song, and performed Schubert's "Ave Maria", backed by virtuoso spanish guitarist Mr. Leonardo Navarro de Avila at the end of the film as the final tribute and expression of gratitude to "Our Lady" for her help in having been able to finish successfully the difficult location shoot.
"La Negrita" was shot also in Spanish, except for the prologue. The film is presently available in Spanish as originally shot, and also with English subtitles.
Besides "La Negrita"'s script in Spanish, I have also written two additional feature film scripts in English:
“The Bitter Earth”, a saga spanning WWII to the late 1960’s, which unfolds in the Salinas Valley in Northern California, and,“Vatostein”, an ensemble, multicultural musical youth comedy, which takes place in present day Los Angeles, New York, Miami or similar multiethnic metropolis.
I co-produced my first CD in Spanish and French with Mr. Rafael Ferro, who for over 44 years has played a major part in Julio Iglesias’s career as /musical director/ arranger/ composer and close friend. I have also written original songs for recordings and 'parody lyrics' for some of the songs in my live shows in English, French, Italian, and Spanish.