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The Real Life Story Of Johnny Defacto

1989 Festival

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David P. Cudnowski, Ltd., 312-759-1040

Number of Principals (Male): 5
Number of Principals (Female): 3
Total Cast Size: 8
Orchestra Breakdown:

4: keyboards, electric guitar, bass guitar, drums

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This black comedy is about a rock star with a distant past and a fading present, who, at his farewell concert, is fired upon by an obsessed fan named Leo Sobocinski. Johnny falls into a coma, but comes out of it a month later to find that his condition has become front page news and his career, as a result, has suddenly been recharged. Leo is sentenced to a mental institution for the criminally insane where he records a song titled “Kill Johnny One Note Dead.” His tune is released as a single across the airways and skyrockets to the top of the charts. And Johnny, who is now out on the road with his “Resurrection” tour, finds himself the target of a new breed of thrill-seeker: Fans wishing to destroy him for the sake of their own notoriety.

Festival Successes

Full production at Goodspeed Musicals (CT) in 1989.