Joanna Rush

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Joanna and Joe Biden were born within a week of each other in 1942. She is Jo, he is Joe, and both named after Saint Joseph. Each is the firstborn of four siblings: three boys, and one girl. They both went to Catholic School back when Jesus was nice. He was a football player and she was a cheerleader. He had the stutter and she had a lisp. I could go on, although there are a few exceptions. She is a former Rockette and he's POTUS. She can still do huge fan kicks and he fell off his bike.

Joanna Rush Biography

The parallels between Joanna Rush’s life and Joe Biden’s are so breathtaking that she has written “NO MARLARKEY,” a one-woman, one-hour stand-up act that pierces the body politic with humor and grace.

NO MALARKEY” is award-winning Joanna Rush’s latest short play, a comedic satire that plays on these uncanny similarities that offer ruminations on climate, abortion, Supreme Court sugar daddies, democracy, Medicare, racism, Q’Anon, sexism, ageism, reverse ageism, and more. The show is suitable for performance in clubs, theaters, and hopefully at campaign events — it is a hilarious solo piece to entertain audiences as we head into another formidable election season.

JOANNA RUSH has performed in musicals on and off-Broadway, including Shirley MacLaine at the Palace, and A Chorus Line at the Shubert Theater in L.A. where she developed her acting career on stage and screen. While Joe Biden was chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, she played the hooker who slept with Ned Beatty right before he jumped out the window in a TV remake of Splendor in the Grass. When Joe was advocating for strategic arms limitation with the Soviet Union, she played a hooker who jumped out of a cake in a leopard skin bikini on Cagney and Lacey. When Joe worked on expanding NATO and opposed the First Gulf War, she played a detective in a movie of the week called A Killing Affair starring OJ Simpson. No Malarkey!

On her 40th birthday, Joanna’s agent took her to lunch and fired her for being too old. She figured she would have to create her own roles. Her first solo play, KICK earned an Off Broadway Alliance (OBA) Nomination for best performance in a solo play. RUSH also created a college version of the KICK with an accompanying study guide and was invited to perform the show for “International Women’s Day” by the UN Council on the Empowerment of Women. Other plays include SEX and POWER, multi-character darkly humorous plays HOME SWEET HOMELAND, and ACCIDENTAL MUMMIES.

JOANNA would love to hear from you, and soon since we are already in election season!

Denise Donatelli Biography

Denise Donatelli, a three-time GRAMMY® nominated vocalist, presents her latest album, “Whistling in the Dark – The Music of Burt Bacharach.” Released on August 27, 2021, this remarkable project showcases Denise’s lifelong love affair with the legendary songwriter’s music. Produced by the renowned Larry Klein, the album marks Denise’s first concept album dedicated to a single composer and highlights her exceptional collaboration with Klein.

Recorded live at The Village Studios in Los Angeles in October 2020, the album captures Denise’s warm vocal elegance accompanied by a hand-picked all-star jazz/pop quartet. The quartet includes Larry Goldings on piano and organ, Anthony Wilson on guitar, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, and Larry Klein himself on bass and additional keyboards.

“Whistling in the Dark” presents an intimate and soulful collection of Bacharach’s iconic hits, as well as some lesser-known gems. Denise breathes new life into classics like “The Look of Love” and brings her own interpretation to Warwick’s renowned songs such as “Walk On By,” “In Between the Heartaches,” “Anyone Who Had a Heart,” and “A House is Not a Home.” The album also features collaborations with Elvis Costello on poignant tracks like “Toledo” and “In the Darkest Place.”

Denise’s artistic journey leading up to this project has been shaped by her passion for jazz. Growing up in Allentown, PA, she fell in love with the genre, drawing inspiration from vocalists like Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, and Ella Fitzgerald. After launching her singing career in Atlanta in the early 90s, Denise moved to Los Angeles in 2000, immersing herself in the vibrant music community.

Throughout her career, Denise has collaborated with esteemed musicians and earned recognition for her exceptional talent. Her previous albums with producer/pianist Geoffrey Keezer garnered four GRAMMY nominations, including three for Best Jazz Vocal Album. In 2012, she was honored as Jazz Vocalist of the Year by The Los Angeles Jazz Society. Known as a “musician’s singer,” Denise’s innate musicianship and pure tone have captivated audiences and led to various notable performances, including appearances on “The Simpsons” and TV promos for popular shows and brands.

Denise’s connection to the American Heart Association holds a special place in her heart, honoring the memory of her son.

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