Watch: Sneak Peek of New Musical 'Shooting Star' Where Porn Meets Broadway

Wednesday September 30, 2020

A screenshot of performers from "Shooting Star"
A screenshot of performers from "Shooting Star"  (Source:YouTube)

About a decade ago, adult entertainment performers Jessy Ares and Hans Berlin were doing a scene together and discovered a mutual interest — musical theater. Ares said he used a lot of his money to produce his own songs and music, and that he would perform in a jockstrap and sneakers—and sometimes even show his dick and have a hard-on. He sang songs like 'Pornstar' and 'Callboy Ahoy,'" wrote the NSFW website The Sword last year.

Something clicked with Berlin. "Jessy put that singing porn star/porn musical idea into my brain. So, I toyed around with that idea and I wrote down a treatment of the story, and it's based on my story—although yes, it's pretty clear that I wanted to make my protagonist younger," Berlin said.

Florian Klein (Berlin's alter-ego) decided to take the idea to the next level. He collaborated with composer Thomas Zaufke and lyricist Eric Ransom on a musical about his experiences in gay porn entitled "Shining Star." A year ago, their project got its first production at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre in Hollywood, where it had a limited, sold-out run. It was nominated for two Ovation Awards by the LA Stage Alliance.

This week Klein has partnered with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Pineapple Support to release a COVID-19 Relief Fundraising Medley music video on October 1st to raise funds for performers during the pandemic, writes The Sword.

The video will premiere on October 1 at 8:15 pm on YouTube. It features performers from the musical's NYC workshop and LA production, along with cameos from stars of RuPaul's Drag Race and the adult film industry. Amongst the cameos are award-winning NakedSword director mr. Pam, Jensen Clifford, Chris Crisco, Honey Davenport, Coco Peru, Alexa Poller, Misha Riley and Alaska Thunderf.

Also, the project features many well-known "Essensual Workers" from the industry, including Adam Ramzi, Brian Bonds, Luca D'Amore, Jay Alexander, Scott DeMarco, Jason Derek, Jason Domino, Element Eclipse, Ian Frost, Duncan Black, Jackson Hood, Nick Milani, Antonio Biaggi and Leya Tanit, reports The Sword.

"I am so delighted to offer this very special sneak peek of 'Shooting Star' while also shining a light on the hardships this pandemic has caused for actors—of all kinds," said Klein. "Whether or not they perform in clothes or out, all performers are experiencing financial difficulties right now with the stages of Broadway dark and film sets closed." The producer encourages people to donate to BCEFA or Pineapple Support.

"One of the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS helps men, women and children across the country and across the street receive lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance. To make a tax-deductible donation to BCEFA, visit its website," writes The Sword.

"Pineapple Support is a nonprofit organization that provides free and low-cost mental health therapy to pornographic film actors, producers and others who work in the adult film industry. To make a tax-deductible donation to Pineapple Support, please visit its website."

Watch the teaser trailer for the October 1 video below::

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