Miserable Lesbians: The Musical Parody takes place in 1815. Twenty six years after the start of the French Revolution, lesbianism is still illegal in France. Factory worker Anne Muffaway is the latest to be locked away for loving a woman. Enter kindly Jean Jackman who helps the dying lesbian by rescusing her adopted daughter, Courgette, from the clutches of her evil guardians, Borat and Bonham Carter, evades capture by tone deaf policeman Inspector Crowe, and then teams up with brave gay rights rebels to storm the jail and free the lezzers - turning them from miserable lesbians to happy ones.
Miserable Lesbians will be having a poolside launch party, concert and fundraiser on Sunday June 30 from 12-5 pm at Villa Alm, 2145 Toscanini Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Ticket price includes gourmet food buffet, open bar, and live performance by the Mis Les cast. Tickets can be purchased here. There will also be a silent auction and moore fun!
Miserable Lesbians is adapted from the short film of the same name which was the big winner at the 2013 Toscars – the awards for short film parodies - in Hollywood, sweeping the board by winning an all time record eight Golden Fists including Best Picture and Best Director. Les Miserables stars Hugh Jackman and Helena Bonham Carter have been told about this parody version, and think the storyline is hilarious and gave the cast their best luck wishes. Director Sandro Monetti reveals: “Hugh Jackman asked me who was playing him and Helena Bonham Carter told me she’d love to be in it!” Miserable Lesbians is the first Toscars film ever to have an after life as a stage musical. The project has won international media attention, including being featured on BBC radio in Britain twice. Team Mis Les support gay marriage and equal rights and have used the comedy in this show to get that important message across.
Miserable Lesbians will be at the Edinburg Fringe Festival – venue Spotlites at the Merchants Hall on Aug 17 2013, at 7:55 pm. You can also catch a performance on Off Broadway in New York, venue 59e59 Theaters on July 27 2013, at 2pm and July 28 2013 at 7 pm.
Sean Borg in British Weekly says the musical is “hilariously funny. This hysterical piece of comedy featuring original songs wrapped around a fast moving story about brave rebels trying to overturn anti-lesbianism laws in 19th Century France actually had me falling off the edge of my seat with laughter.” The original songs include, “Lovely Lezzers,” “I Dream of the Furry Cup,” “Mistress of the House,” and “Can You Hear the Lesbo’s Sing.” The music was written by Michael Daniel, with lyrics by Sandro Monetti and Michael Daniel.
The cast for this parody musical include Mario Vernazza as Inspector Crowe who previously has played Inspector Javert in the Les Miserables stage play. Nadia Wit as Anne Muffaway who performs stand up at The Comedy Store, and Hollywood Improv. Natasha Sill as Madame Bonham Carter who won a Toscar as best supporting ‘Whactress’ for her work in the film version of Miserable Lesbians. Kate Amess as Courgette from Essex, England, she is known for her acting work on an array of TV and film productions. Kerstin Alm as Gavrob and Warden Wong also appeared in the film version of Miserable Lesbians and is thrilled to be part of the stage comedy. Anthony Wemyss as Jean Jackman played Marius Redymayne in the film but steps up to the male lead role for the stage. Laura-Beth Hill as Eppynine and Miss Heidi Big born and raised in Leeds, and now works in film, TV, improve and more.
Behind the scenes cast includes Sandro Monetti, writer, director, and narrator of Miserable Lesbians, premiered his one man show last year at the London West End sellout comedy hit “Clooney, Cowell, Pitt and Me: Amusing Encounters with the A-List.” This leading British showbiz journalist and author continues his hot creative streak by staging his attention grabbing debut musical. Summer Watson, the Vocal Coach, a British opera singer whose classical album Summer hit number one in the US charts and number two in the UK. Tayler Jade McManus, the Choreographer, at 17 is a star student at CHAMPS (Charter High School of the Arts- Multimedia and Performing) in LA. Michael Daniel, the Composer, work includes the award winning soundtrack for the recent movie Blood Rush.