Entries in frenchie davis (5)

Friday
Jul212017

Updates, Updates, DROWNING IN UPDATES

So, The View UpStairs ended and I got hit with a wave of Brooke Shields post-partum emotions and had to go deal with that for a moment. The past couple months have been filled with spiritually replenishing binges of netflix, ice cream, vintage 90s RPGs, crystal bedazzling, and jumping head first into my next massive creative project, KPOP!!! 

All of which is to say, I'm finally ready to dig myself out of a hole and update ya'll on all the crazy life-changing sh*t that went down between Spring and Summer. READY?? 

Here goes: 

1. I WENT TO MUTHAF*CKIN MOROCCO???? Yeah gurl I did. Here's me finding out there's a sale on Berber Jewelry happening 5 miles away.  

Someone told me there were Berber brooches on sale 3 miles away 🏃🏼✨

A post shared by Max Vernon (@frauleinsallybowels) on Apr 6, 2017 at 9:50am PDT

and this tasteful photo montage.

2. The View UpStairs went on to play 105 performances, to audiences of over 12,000 people (!!!) with many sold out houses like dis one below (definitely slept with at least two of the peeps in this photo, #sorrynotsorry)

who gave us some standing O love 

 & some more sparkly queer icons showed up like Drag Race royalty Bianca Del Rio, Latrice Royale, Peppermint, as well as theatre legends ANDRE DESHIELDS, Tony nominee Keala Settle, and 90s rockstar Sophie B Hawkins. 

some even created beautiful fan art! (thank you Dramatic Inking)

3. The View UpStairs had a GIANT LED BILLBOARD IN TIMES SQUARE for a month!!! WTF??? Seeing my name up there was truly one of the most surreal experiences of my life. I'm still not sure it happened, except that I took these photos so I'm pretty sure? 

#Repost @jeremypope ・・・ hello times square 💥#TheViewUpstairs

A post shared by Max Vernon (@frauleinsallybowels) on Apr 14, 2017 at 8:15am PDT

4. Out Magazine wrote this dope piece about The View UpStairs, calling it "Remarkable, Revelatory, and Revolutionary" Pretty sure they were just talking about Jeremy Pope's bone structure https://www.out.com/theater-dance/2017/5/03/view-upstairs-why-diverse-queer-musical-vital-our-times

5. Was commisioned by the Public Theatre for a pop performance in their lobby commemorating the 60th Anniversary of their Mobile Unit. I pissed all over the floor, srry. 

 then later that same night, was back at Joe's Pub as the secret guest for Justin Sayre's final performance of the Meeting. A very gay ole time was had: 

6. I wore a kimono to closing night bc it's a known fact that that's what a lady do. 

and gave my final curtain speech 

7. The View UpStairs was ultimately nominated for 2 Lortel Awards, 3 Drama Desk Awards, and an Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical- not to mention Frenchie & Nathan who won Jose Munoz awards for their amazing performances! We got dolled up all swanky like, and I crashed the Obies just cuz. 

Now with 300% more 🌈🌈🌈 #gay #offbroadway

A post shared by Max Vernon (@frauleinsallybowels) on May 23, 2017 at 6:49am PDT

8. It wasn't to be the end however bc Samuel French picked up TVU for its catalog. It will be published in the near future and is now avail for licensing (so all you kweens with theatres out there- jump on it!) 

http://www.samuelfrench.com/viewupstairs

happy to say rehearsals are already underway for new productions in Virginia (Richmond Triangle Players) and Los Angeles (Celebration Theatre), and a few more in the works I can't announce yet ;) 

9. We recorded the cast album with Broadway Records and I truly believe it is one of the greatest sounding rock musical records of all time. I say that as someone who grew up listening over and over to Rocky Horror, Hedwig, Hair, and Rent- we did it RIGHT, ya'll. I just hope the next gen of weirdo queer kids comin' up hear this record and get inspired to make some dope art...so plz preview and order that sh*t now- hot off the presses! 

http://www.broadwayrecords.com/cds/the-view-upstairs-original-off-broadway-cast-recording

10. So now, we bid goodbye to 1973 New Orleans with its gritty glam rock, cruise-y sex, tits that exploded confetti, queer history, and tale of romance, and flashed forward to KPOP- 2017 Korea, high fashion color blocked couture, dub-step beats and pulsing synths, snail mucus, pop celebrity, and nationalism. 

featuring this lovely cast of 284902131203 people! 

after only 1 week, 30% of our entire run is sold out, so don't sleep on getting tix. Use KPOPSICLE and LOLLIPOP codes to save $$$$$ http://arsnovanyc.com/KPOP

11. To feel my KPOP star fantasy, I had to give myself a lil makeover, and bedazzle I dunno...EVERYTHING!

Blinded by sparkles! 😵😵😵 #diycouture #fashionporn #bedazzled #kpop

A post shared by Max Vernon (@frauleinsallybowels) on Jul 17, 2017 at 8:13pm PDT

 

After 4 YEARS of development, we start rehearsals in ONE WEEK. I can't believe KPOP is finally here. Now I just gotta get that pop star body. 

Is everyone having a nice Saturday night?

A post shared by Max Vernon (@frauleinsallybowels) on Jul 1, 2017 at 7:52pm PDT

Til' next time, Kweens and KPOP idols. Gotta go slather on my snail cream :*

This is what happens when you make theatre for @arsnovanyc 💦💦💦💦 #kpop #🐌

A post shared by Max Vernon (@frauleinsallybowels) on Jun 20, 2017 at 2:33pm PDT

Saturday
Jan072017

The View UpStairs in the News

We're on Playbill! Yesss Nathan you better come thruu with those legendary eyebrows.

http://www.playbill.com/article/new-musical-the-view-upstairs-finds-its-cast

Broadway.com is also buzzing about Frenchie Davis' star turn in The View UpStairs:

"A musical about a ‘70s gay bar in New Orleans starring Frenchie Davis? We’re there!" saying they are "beyond ready" ME TOO

http://www.broadway.com/buzz/187216/odds-ends-new-beauty-and-the-beast-footage-allegiance-returns-to-movie-theaters-more/

and Theatremania! http://www.theatermania.com/off-broadway/news/the-view-upstairs-musical-casting-off-broadway_79573.html

Saturday
Jan072017

The View UpStairs @ The Lynn Redgrave Theatre!! 

So excited to announce my first New York production!! TIX ON SALE NOW:

http://www.theviewupstairs.com/

The View UpStairs will open Off-Bway in February at the Lynn Redgrave Theatre with an incredible group of performers (Nathan Lee Graham Frenchie Davis Michael Longoria Jeremy Pope Doreen Montalvo Mann Taylor Frey Randy Redd Richard E. Waits Anthony Alfaro Benjamin Howes) and crew whose Charisma Uniqueness Nerve and Talent blows my mind. I've spent the last 5 years putting everything I have artistically and emotionally into this show and trying to do justice to the story of the UpStairs Lounge- The show explores what has changed over the last 40+ years in the queer community -what we've gained and lost in the fight for equality, and if we're better off. In context of this current moment of cultural backlash and far-right extremism, not to mention the hate crime earlier this year at Pulse, I'm less sure than I've ever been of the answer to that question BUT... getting to create a new musical full of characters who are 3-dimensional, dirty, queer, decadent, fierce, and fucked up- has kept me going. I hope you'll come see the world we've created and join us at the UpStairs Lounge! X

Friday
Jul012016

Benefit Concert for Pulse Orlando! 

*UPDATE* Through ticket sales at the concert we raised $3400 for Equality Florida. Thank you to everyone who attended and lent support!

Having spent the last 4+ years writing a musical about the UpStairs Lounge Fire and living with that forgotten tragedy, I needed to do something productive with all the rage and sadness I still feel about the Pulse shooting in Orlando.

I've put together a benefit concert for monday, July 11th @ 7pm. Rattlestick Theatre has generously offered us their space and we have a mini-army of award winning, amazing Broadway/TV talent to sing the songs from View UpStairs. We will honor the memories of those affected by Pulse and UpStairs, use music to combat homophobia and hatred, celebrate the power of community, and raise money for Equality Florida, which is working directly with the families of those affected by the shooting.

Tickets: $30 - 50 (with the ability to pay/donate more)
Ticket proceeds will be donated to Equality Florida. We have already raised over $1000 from our first day of ticket sales alone. Please come and join us!!
Tickets available: www.theviewupstairsbenefit.bpt.me

Performers include:

Blake Daniel (Spring Awakening)
Frenchie Davis (The Voice, American Idol, Rent)
Gideon Glick (Significant Other, Spring Awakening)
Robin de Jesus (2-time Tony nom. for La Cage, In the Heights)
Jay Armstrong Johnson (Quantico, On the Town)
Ben Mayne (South Pacific tour)
Doreen Montalvo (On Your Feet, In the Heights)
Alex Newell (Glee)
MJ Rodriguez (Runaways, Rent)
Tony Sheldon (Tony nom. Priscilla)
Jason Tam (If/Then, A Chorus Line)
Clarke Thorell (The Front Page, Annie, Hairspray)

Directed by Scott Ebersold
Music Directed by James Dobinson

Thursday
Apr072016

The View UpStairs

Invisible Wall's workshop presentation of The View UpStairs took place last week on 3/31 and 4/1. So proud of what we were able to create with only 2 1/2 weeks of rehearsal. It was the most creatively inspired I've ever felt & I loved my cast and creative team. Onward and upward!

The View UpStairs by Max Vernon

Dir: Scott Ebersold

Music Dir: Matt Aument

Choreo: Spencer Liff

Cast: Frenchie Davis, Nathan Lee Graham, Robin de Jesus, Ben Mayne, Doreen Montalvo, Justin Sargent, Jason Tam, Clarke Thorell, Michael Winther.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Nathan-Lee-Graham-Robin-De-Jesus-Jason-Tam-Lead-Industry-Readings-of-THE-VIEW-UPSTAIRS-This-Week-20160331