Call Redialed: NEW Donna Vivino Interview: "DNA" + "Waiting For Johnny Depp"
I first got to interview Broadway’s Donna Vivino back in 2014 when she was getting to release her debut album Beautiful Dreamer. It’s so exciting to catch up with her as we discuss the release of her new album, DNA, which she recorded with her two sisters Natalia & Antonia. We also talk about, Waiting for Johnny Depp, a new one-woman show Donna is starring in as part of the Rave Theater Festival.
DNA is a terrific album of Broadway tunes mixed with some cool covers of pop/rock songs. From the perfectly pitched “Castle on a Cloud” to “Schuyler Sisters” from Hamilton to Madonna’s “Live To Tell,” I have been enjoying this album very much! Purchase via iTunes or CD Baby!
Waiting for Johnny Depp takes the audience on a wild ride with New York actress “Rita Donatella,” in her quest to land the role of a lifetime in a Johnny Depp film. Constantly reinventing herself to be more perfect for the role, she courageously navigates the rough waters of the Big Apple with humor and chutzpah. Waiting for Johnny Depp will play The Teatro Sea Theater (107 Suffolk Street) from August 17-25. Click here for tickets!
1. It's so great to catch up with Donna! It has been five years since our last interview together. At that time we were discussing your debut album Beautiful Dreamer and 54 Below Show It's Not Easy Being Green. What do you feel has been the biggest change for you over these past five years? For sure the birth of my son who is now three years old! Nothing can prepare you for parenthood that’s for sure.
2. Now, you have just as much going on. First, you recently released a new album called DNA, which you recorded with your sisters Natalia and Antonia. How did you all decide to make an album together? I remember while recording Beautiful Dreamer I told my father - “I want to make a record with the girls!” I definitely think it was just a natural progression.
3. What was the best part about recording with your sisters? Harmonies!!! And blending our voices together.
4. What was the most challenging part? Natalia and Antonia live in LA and I’m on the East Coast so it was hard to coordinate all of our schedules and time zones and geography.
5. Which was your favorite track to record? “Schuyler Sisters” from Hamilton was simply a blast.
6. In addition to this album, you are also about to star in a one-woman show "Waiting For Johnny Depp." What made you want to be in this show? The show is fun and zany and “Rita” is a picnic of a character. I think any actress would love that challenge. But honestly there is a song in Act 2 that sold me on the whole piece. I heard that song and said “Oh, I must sing this!”
7. What do you relate to most about your character "Rita Donatella"? Probably her dramatic flair. She’s an East Coast girl with a NY accent.
8. What is one characteristic of hers you are glad you yourself do not possess? I used to be in the mindset of “I will do anything for my craft.” “Rita” changes herself to be what she thinks other people in showbiz want her to be. Now I’m happy to just be me and bring that to the table.
9. This show, takes us on a wild ride with New York actress “Rita Donatella,” in her quest to land the role of a lifetime in a Johnny Depp film. Constantly reinventing herself to be more perfect for the role, she courageously navigates the rough waters of the Big Apple with humor and chutzpah. As someone who has navigated the rough waters of the Big Apple, what is the biggest lesson you have learned about this city? Always check for bedbugs before you move your furniture into an apartment hahaha. And take different walking routes in the city because there is always something new and magical on every block.
10. If you were to wait for Johnny Depp, where would you be? With Godot.
More on Donna:
Donna is a well-known Broadway veteran. At eight years of age she originated the role of “Young Cosette” in the Broadway production of Les Miserables. Other notable Broadway credits include Hairspray, Martin Short’s Fame Becomes Me, and “Elphaba” in Wicked. In 2017, Donna was nominated for an LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for best actress in a musical, as “Mary Flynn” in Michael Arden’s production of Merrily We Roll Along. Her TV/Film credits include Hometown (CBS), All My Children (ABC), A Gifted Man (ABC), Married To It, Good Friday, Everyday People, and the hit web series Submissions Only.