Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Make Way for The Gossip Queen

If you know me, you know I love musicals. I grew up watching Singin' in the Rain, Oliver! The Band Wagon, West Side Story, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, South Pacific, Meet Me in St. Louis, basically everything Judy Garland/Barbara Streisand ever sung, everything Bob Fosse ever choreographed, and everything Andrew Lloyd Webber ever put on music sheets. If you have to ask your self how come every man I know is gay? it's because you love musicals as much as I do, and yes all of my male friends are gay.
This is why I'm thrilled to have someone I actually know personally undertake such mammoth task as writing and directing a musical. That friend is a wise-cracking, sassy, bubbly, and lovely French Canadian named Dominique Lefebvre, who's name we really will be seeing up in lights on the Great White Way. I have no doubt about that. An extremely gifted lyricist and budding filmmaker, Snickers (as I like to call her) has already made her mark by writing the wildly hilarious and beautifully put together short called Brand New Day (2010) a musical about Herpes. You heard me right.

Below are a couple of stills from Brand New Day (2010)  (directed by Mark Raso)

She has much respect for her musical predecessors and gives due props to those trailblazers, which you can see in the way she utilizes what she's learned in her own work. Her new musical short The Gossip Queen (2012) is going to be nothing short of amazing, and I'm not just saying this because we're friends. She has the potential to take comedy filth and ironic humor and marry it with the glitz and bravado of a perfectly crafted musical performance very beautifully and it appears, seamlessly.
I'm so excited about the identity as a filmmaker that she is cultivating for herself, and think she'll fall neatly into place with the rest of the musical greats who aren't afraid of a little dirt, and a little scandal because they'll just turn it into something endlessly fabulous.
Let me give you some more information on the film. The Gossip Queen tells the story of a high school...you guessed it...gossip queen who finally ends up getting her comeuppance for the choices that she's made. Sounds rather dark doesn't it? But not to someone like Mrs. Lefebvre, who can turn even the most awkward and unpleasant moments of life, from catching Herpes to being ostracized by the only people that matter when you're in High School - other people in High School, into brilliant parody, with music. So prep your jazz hands, dust off that top hat, drink a bottle of Chardonnay, and please make a donation whether it be big or small to help her reach her budget goal and make The Gossip Queen a reality. You won't be sorry!

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