My chat with Julie Brown about her new show “Homecoming Queen’s Got a Musical”
I’m in Palm Springs for Pride this weekend but before I hit the scene, I want to post part one of my interview with the amazing Julie Brown who is in the middle of a three-weekend run of Homecoming Queen’s Got a Musical at the Cavern Theatre in Silver Lake.
This show is great fun! I caught it on opening night last weekend and it made me so happy. It made me laugh a lot and it had such a fresh and fun feeling and the talent on stage is phenomenal. (To get tickets – and you should, go to Julie’s Website)
I was introduced to Julie after the show and since then I’ve done my research and learned all about her career in films (Earth Girls Are Easy) and television (Clueless, The Middle) not to mention all of the stage roles, the YouTube videos and recordings.
She’s a creative genius!
Of putting together her first musical ever Julie says: “It’s so hard, I had no idea. It’s the first musical I ever produced and it’s a lot of fricken work – just one dance number is a lot of work. This is why everyone on Broadway is 25!”
This is a totally, brand new 80′s musical written and starring Julie along with Drew Droege, Sam Pancake, Jenn Dohn Watkins, Natalie Lander, Chris Pudlo, Jaci Denning, Cole Gerdes, Grant Bacicco, and Marsian DeLillis.
The show has .singing, dancing and murder. Here’s the premise: Something’s not right at Betty Ford High, people are starting to drop dead, but no one has time for that because there a new a Homecoming Queen to crown. Julie plays, well, Julie Brown, as she and her best friend Debbie Dickey (Droege) count down the minutes and the student bodies, until Homecoming.
The show is co-written by Kurt Koehler who also directs.
“I know it’s kind of ridiculous,” Julie says of the plot. “But in a way, it’s fantastic. It’s fun and really allows you to comment on the 80s. It wasn’t hard for me to go there and to write it. Status in high school was so much like that.”
Julie has appeared at the Cavern Theater before (it’s located in the basement of Casita del Campo restaurant and you can bring your margaritas downstairs with you!)
“I did my own act there at least three times but not for awhile,” Julie says. “Having a kid in high school and being a single mom, it’s hard (to perform live). I would get very exhausted. You get so wiped out going out to clubs and performing.”
Instead, she focused on being an actress for hire doing recurring roles on ABC’s The Middle and ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey.
But she has no regrets.
“I felt like being a mom was the most important thing I would do and I thought I could do my act later,” says the mom of a son now in college. “I don’t know how you half-ass (being a parent). It wasn’t that hard of a choice. I found him more interesting than show business.”
On Monday, I’ll post part 2 of my interview with Julie when we talk Earth Girls Are Easy and her deep connection with gay fans.