KENNY D’AQUILA (ACTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER) Originally from Old Saybrook, Connecticut, Kenny D’Aquila made his mark as Grantaire in the critically acclaimed production of Les Miserables directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird at the Shubert Theatre in Los Angeles. Later, D’Aquila was featured as Grantaire in the International Cast Album of Les Miserables with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. D’Aquila has appeared in over 30 plays both on the New York and Los Angeles stage, including Unorganized Crime, Uptown, Broadway Scandals of 1928, and the rock opera, Mozez.
As a writer, D’Aquila’s first play, Uptown, opened to rave reviews at the GNU Theatre under the direction of Jeff Seymour. Uptown won 8 Drama-Logue Awards, including Best New Play. As an actor, D’Aquila also drew raves and won a Drama-Logue Award for Best Actor. D’Aquila’s screenplay, Not Before Me (based on his play, Uptown) was purchased by Concord/New Horizons with D’Aquila attached to star.
Kenny’s second play, Unorganized Crime, caught the eye of Oscar nominee Chazz Palminteri, who went on to perform the play with Kenny and Elizabeth Rodriguez in Los Angeles at the Elephant Theatre. Unorganized Crime won critical acclaim and played to standing room only crowds. Kenny and Chazz then partnered to create and write Unorganized Crime, a new series for television. The pilot episode of Unorganized Crime, directed by two-time Academy Award winner, Nick Vallelonga (Green Book) has recently won over 30 film festival awards, including awards at The Milan International Film Festival, The London International Film Festival, Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival and The Los Angeles Motion Picture Film Festival. The creators have recently secured a partnership with Safier Entertainment who is presently pitching the project.
Kenny’s latest work in progress is, IN THE KEY OF DEE, is a story about love, loss and music. This hauntingly, universal piece of theatre is woven with original music by Kenny’s longtime friend, Joel Spineti, and utilized in a fashion not seen since Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus. Kenny and Tony award winner, Keith David are attached.