History of Development
The concept behind UNRAVELING started with Rossella Lamendola (lead singer of China Doll, Music & Lyrics). After she finished writing her memoir of the same name, she sensed the theatrical element in both her book and her band’s music. She compiled a strong selection of songs from a twenty-year songwriting span and approached her daughter, Roxanne Lamendola, for help with the project. Roxanne’s theatre background and intimate knowledge of her family / China Doll helped her turn their material into a full-fledged musical. Roxanne uses her family’s real-life journey as inspiration for the story, interweaving their powerful songs with an honest and compelling plot.
UNRAVELING is currently in development, with workshops being held in America and England.
The first staged reading of UNRAVELING was presented at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It was a concert-style reading with musical accompaniment provided by the band itself and directed by Alex M. Calle of Entertainment Design Corporation.