- CAST & CREATIVE
This is a musical that will show the unconditional love of dogs and how they help veterans suffering from PTSD.
ANGELZ WITH TAILZ SYNOPSIS
ANGELA and ANGELO are two Angels with PTSD. Angela repairs harps and Angelo repairs the Angel’s wings, jobs at the bottom of the totem pole in Heaven. They dream of the day when they can earn their wings by helping those in need.
SERGEANT STUBBS and CORPORAL KAY are the head of the recruitment department. They try to keep their love affair secret but everyone knows about it. It looks like Angela and Angelo will never get their chance but their break comes in when all Hell breaks loose in Heaven!
Angela and Angelo find themselves running wild in New York City as puppies, a Golden Retriever and a Pitbull. They are captured and placed in the Children of the Rainbow Rescue Shelter where they learn from the other dogs how to act like a dog.
The judge at the Veteran’s Treatment Court sentences SERGEANT LUIS MONTALVÁN, a wheelchair bound veteran suffering from PTSD to train a service dog for himself at the rescue shelter. Luis is forced to take Angela who refuses to go unless Angelo can be adopted too.
DR. OXY KATZEIMER, a volunteer at the shelter has noticed that Angela is a special pure breed Golden Retriever with high levels of Oxytocin, the chemical that bonds dogs and humans. Dr. Oxy actually hates dogs and wants to make cats the most popular pet. She is concocting a hybird Oxytocin for cats. She feeds Angela dog biscuits spiked with a sedative when Angela is running around Central Park. Then dognaps her.
End of ACT 1
Angelo and Luis search for Angela. Dr. Oxy leads the movement to pass the Breed Specific Legislation against Pitbulls. Angelo sacrifices his life to save Angela and awaits being euthanized. At the last minute Luis and Angela saves Angelo. They celebrate with a community dog show in Central Park where all the dogs that were waiting to be adopted are paraded with their owners. Sergeant Stubbs and Corporal K award Angela and Angelo their wings.
The Beginning of the Story
I was sitting at a piano in Venice, CA and watching a friend play with her two dogs. I mentioned to her that the dogs were her angels since they were the only family she had. Then I remembered the Christmas movie classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” about Clarence, an angel earning his wings by helping George see how rich he was with the love of his family and his community.
So the journey into creating a musical began. It has evolved into two angels trying to earn their wings as a service dog and a therapy dog. ANGELA will be a Golden Retriever, a service dog who will be helping Sergeant Luis Montalván with his PTSD. ANGELO will be a Pit Bull, a therapy dog who scares people.
Dr. Oxy Katzeimer is a power hungry research scientist who wants cats to be the most loved pet. She has a secret weapon to make cats more loveable – Oxytocin!
David Frei is the commentator for the NBC Thanksgiving National Dog Show. He wrote a book about therapy dogs, “Angel On a Leash” that I have been using for research. I have spent time with David at the Westminster Dog Show and the Beverly Hills Dog show. He has enthusiastically endorsed this musical.
I contacted Captain Luis Montalván, who wrote the book “Till Tuesday”. It is about his recovery from PTSD with the help of his service dog Tuesday. I was updating him on my progress and was hoping to meet him in person but unfortunately he committed suicide last year after getting his leg amputated. I am honoring his memory by using his name for the veteran in the show.
I have been going to the Veteran’s Treatment Court in Honolulu to observe what veteran’s are going through at their last chance, their last stop before serving their sentence for crimes they committed when they segued from the military to civilian life. Judge Kubo is a supporter of the musical. Vietnam veteran Ron Stebbins who has PTSD is also a supporter of the musical. Ron brings his service/therapy dog to help calm the nerves of the veterans. Ron has been my military consultant.
AARON TIN CHEE LOO - Writer & Composer
Aaron has been doing extensive research on dogs since he has never had one! He has been a dog walker in NYC and L.A. Volunteered at the Amanda Foundation Rescue Shelter in Beverly Hills and the Bichons and Buddies Rescue Shelter in Los Angeles. His love or dogs has inspired him to write this heartfelt musical about the unconditional love of dogs and the wonderful jobs they do as service and therapy dogs. He has also been doing research at the Veteran’s Treatment Court to learn about the plight of veterans trying to learn how to fit in as civilians.
He received his B.M from Berklee College of Music where he studied songwriting with Pat Pattison and film scoring with Don Wilkins. He went to Manhattan School of Music and studied composition with John Corigliano and Giampalo Bracali.
A dance accompanist for Ballet Hispanico and the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. He composed and arranged a dance number for the Off Broadway musical ‘Bats’. He met his soon to be mentor the late Broadway orchestrator William David Brohn after the show!
Became a Broadway Baby after seeing “A Chorus Line” and was thrilled to meet Baayork Lee, the original Connie Wong. She is a big supporter of this show!
Aaron appreciates the actors who have given so much of their time and talent to this project. He has started a musical workshop in Los Angeles in the spring. And is now casting for actors in Hawaii to do a Hawaiian version of the show.
Aaron has more musicals waiting to be finished - one about Michelangelo, another about Kublai Khan and Marco Polo and one about donuts and aliens.
MELEANA BROWN - Angela
Performs Gospel, Hawaiian, Classical Opera, Ballads, Pop and R&B nationally & internationally. She was the opening act for Grammy-winning Bruno Mars in Honolulu. Born and raised in Hawaii, a real rainbow Hawaiian - part Filipino, Hawaiian, African-American and Portuguese. She auditioned for Duets on ABC TV and within hours she was singing on national TV alongside nine-time Grammy winner, John Legend. The first week she shot up to number 1!
AARON LOO - Angelo
AARON LOO has created a role for a basso cantante, for himself. Aaron was the Sacristan in Tosca. Zuniga in Carmen. He has performed in New York City, Los Angeles and Hawaii. He is a member of SAG/AFTRA and Actor’s Equity. He was playing the ukulele on Saturday Night Live. He was a police detective in Law and Order. He has written and performed sketch comedy in musical revues and in cabaret. He is also working on a musical about Kublai Khan and Michelangelo.
Casting for Oxy
JULIO HANSON AKA JAHCHILD - Sergeant Luis Montalván
A rare creative force that all artists aspire to be, Julio Hanson, also known as Jahchild, is truly and undeniably a talented actor, singer, songwriter, and dancer. A native of Inglewood, California, Julio has appeared in the feature film, “American Carol”, directed by David Zucker (Naked Gun, Airplane) and landed a principal role as a Portuguese speaking reporter in “Angels and Demons” (the Prequel to the DaVinci Code) under the direction of Ron Howard, produced by Brian Grazer. Julio can be seen in the independent films “Room 214” and “REMMER”, as well as, in the Pan-African Film Festival selection “Sunday Morning Stripper”, and “Holy Fit”. Julio had a lead role in the stage musical “Paquito's Christmas” at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, directed by Luis Avalos (Electric Company), and a recurring role on the hit show RPM Miami on the television station Mun2. As a member of the Robey Theatre Company in Los Angeles, Julio portrayed Paul Laurence Dunbar in the play entitled The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel, written by playwright, Levy Lee, and selected for the National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina.
Julio began singing in church where his classically-trained African-American father played piano and organ, and his Panamanian mother, an operatic coloratura, sang. Julio traveled to Israel to sing with the International Children's Choir, and later toured with major recording artists such as Toni Braxton, Keith Washington, Mint Condition, Chante Moore, Shanice Wilson, Howard Hewett, Yolanda Adams, Edwin Hawkins, Dottie Peoples, and others. He also recorded for the popular Grammy-awarded Chilean band, La Ley, Grammy-nominated American Singer/Songwriter Kelis, and Latvian recording artist, Little Gunnar. Julio was nominated for Best Musical Director at the NAACP awards for the acclaimed play, “Hattie McDaniels”, at the Long Beach Playhouse in California and is a prolific songwriter for many local and international artists. Julio performed for the release of Nelson Mandela and the reception of Bishop Desmond Tutu and currently joins efforts with Habitat for Humanity-Global Village Ethiopia and the Black-Aids Institute. He is involved in the community as an esteemed member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Minister of Music at St. Frances X. Cabrini Catholic Church, in Los Angeles. Julio has studied 6 languages, obtained a Masters degree in Education and Administrative Leadership, is a very proud father of two daughters and is the founder of the band JAHCHILD.
CLENT BOWERS - Sergeant Stubbs
Actor/Writer/Singer/Voice-Actor/Director, Film Reviewer. Numerous Broadway credits – Mephistopheles in Cats, The Cowardly Lion in the Wiz
Films - "The Little Fockers", "Mall Dogs" and "Leave It On The Floor".
Regional & World-Wide: Guys And Dolls 50th Anniversary (N.A.A.C.P. Award), La Ronde De Lunch, Harlem Spiritual Singers, Porgy & Bess, Body & Soul, Bubbling Brown Sugar, Ain't Misbehavin', The Wizard Of Oz, Randy Newman's Faust, Three Musketeers, Jesus Christ Super Star, Five Guys Named Mo, Just So Stories.
Awaiting cast member's pix & bio - Corporal Kay
Kay was an American War Dog Hero. Kaiser became famous in history as the first war dog killed in action during Vietnam.
ROB NARITA - Angel Michael
Blessed with a wide range of opportunities in his career. He has performed on Broadway in “Miss Saigon,” oﬀ-Broadway in “Upside Down,” and “Ballad of Little Jo,” along wit his many other theater credits including “Into the Woods,” with Lea Salonga, “Pacific Overtures,” “Mulan,” “Flower Drum Song,” and “Mame,” with the late Juliet Prowse. His film credits include “Kinjite,” with Charles Bronson. TV credits include “Boston Legal,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “ iCarly,” and “Max Headroom.” Rob has also done voice-over work for the movie “Kickboxer,” and TV’s “Family Guy.” He is currently singing jazz sets in NYC and Los Angeles. Rob thanks GOD for all of this, and for all of the other blessings in his life.
MAXAMUS - Young Angel Michael, Dog's Ensemble
MAXAMUS has been modeling and acting since he was four years old. Featured actor on television show Hawaii Five-0 and movie “Angel by Thursday”. An exceptional athlete – soccer, baseball, a Jiu Jitsu Champion. A voice student of Aaron Loo
ELLY - Gabby, Soldier, Dog's Ensemble
Voice and Piano student of Aaron Loo.
JINJOO - Soldier, Angel, Dog's Ensemble
JINJOO has been singing since she was seven years old. She loves acting and is a future director in the making. She is a voice student of Aaron Loo.
KIMLAN - Soldier, Angel, Dog's Ensemble
KIMLAN has been dancing ballet since she was four years old. She is following in her brother’s Max’s footsteps. She is a voice student of Aaron Loo.
First Rehearsal in Pearl City, HI
Elly, Jinjoo, Maxamus and Kimlan were at the first rehearsal.
Judge Kubo (left) presides over the Hawaii Veteran’s Treatment Court. Vietnam Veteran Ron Stebbins is a service and therapy dog consultant. Big Mahalo to Judge Kubo and Ron Stebbins who have given so much Aloha to the veterans. I appreciate their help in my research to understand the plight of the veterans returning to civilian life.
The picture below will be printed on a promotional t-shirt to help raise funds for the development of the musical workshop. A donation will be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. It will be a collector’s item. Subscribe to the Facebook page and let me know if you would like to order a t-shirt. I will have a drawing of the Angels who bought a t-shirt and they will win a ticket to the premiere. The more t-shirts you buy the better your odds!
2nd rehearsal with the Angelz!
YouTube Links - Music videos of songs from the show. These are all works in progress and allowed me to experiment with editing and trying different story lines.
WOUNDED WARRIORS - featuring Julio Hanson and Aaron Loo.
This song is from the first act in the scene of the Veteran’s Treatment Court. This song pays tribute to all veterans of wars. My dad was a WW II veteran and I have friends who are veterans too. Al Harrington who was Ben Kokua in the original Hawaii Five-0 used to tell me that the Japanese American veterans who fought in WW II needed to be given more recognition for their sacrifice. I made a point of giving them more prominence. I learned from the Mexican American veterans that they too suffered from racism and prejudices.
Life of the Party - featuring Meleana Brown and Aaron Loo.
This song ends the first act where Angela has been drugged and is seemingly drunk at the party to celebrate the progress of Sergeant Luis with his PTSD because of the help of Angela and Angelo.
NYC - featuring Marion Ramsey.
The setting after Heaven is New York City. I appreciated DeWitt Fleming Jr. tap dancing in front of the Apollo Theater in Harlem when it was minus ten degrees at midnight! Then we went down to Times Square to shoot him tap dancing there. Also was able to record Spaceman on guitar and Chuggy Carter on congas at Spaceman’s studio in Harlem. Chuggy was playing the cowbell in front of the Apollo. There is a running joke about adding more cowbell to make a song better!
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