Miserable Lesbians: The Musical Parody
nytheatre.com q&a preview by SANDRO MONETTI
July 3, 2013
What is your job on this show?
Writer, director, narrator and bad singer.
What is your show about?
This outrageous comedy musical parody of a certain much loved Broadway show sees brave rebels dream a dream of gay marriage rights in 19th Century France.
What do you do when you’re not working on a play?
I interview celebrities as a Hollywood correspondent for the British media. In that job I've kissed Madonna, accidentally headbutted Tom Cruise and had so many bizarre Tinseltown experiences that writing comedy seems to come naturally.
What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
I created the autobiographical one man raconteur show 'Clooney, Cowell, Pitt and Me: Amusing Encounters with the A-List' - which I've performed around the world over the last 18 months including selling out in London's West End.
How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
Our names were picked out of a hat to work together when we all entered a contest called The Toscars where teams of strangers get three days to make short film parodies of the movies nominated for the best picture Oscar. We drew Les Miserables and our parody, Miserable Lesbians, swept the board, winning a record 8 Toscars and becoming a You Tube favorite. Turning it into a stage musical seemed the logical next step to me.
Which character from a Shakespeare play would like your show the best: King Lear, Puck, Rosalind, or Lady Macbeth -- and why?
Rosalind would definitely appreciate the cross dressing in our show. I've written the posh rebel Marius Redmayne as a transvestite and he's hilariously played by comedy actress Nadia Wit with a cheap moustache and a cucumber down her pants.
If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
As a Brit living in the States, my dream is to buy a theatre in America that showcases the best traditions of British comedy - which has always been so appreciated by US audiences - by staging the funniest UK plays and performers.