Florian Klein is a gay porn actor better known as Hans Berlin. He’s taken his experiences and turned them into a stage musical, Shooting Star which has premiered in LA and garnered rave reviews in both the gay and mainstream press.
DNA: Do you remember the moment you suddenly had the bright idea to write a musical about the gay porn industry?
Florian: Yes, it was in the fall of 2012, a few months after I got into the adult industry. I’d just shot one of my first scenes with Jessy Ares, a singing porn star, and we were joking about a musical porn scene with singing and sex. When I went home that night the idea took shape in my head – why not write a porn musical? At first I wasn’t sure about the tone of the show and called it Porn – The Musical. But once I outlined the story it became clear I wanted to create a sincere and honest, yet magical, portrayal of the gay porn world and not a camp-and-corny porn musical.
Why did you change the title?
Porn – The Musical sounds like a camp-and-corny show with dancing dildos and priests singing, “We love porn!” and that’s exactly what Shooting Star is not.
How did the creative team come together for the premiere season in LA?
My fabulous director Michael Bello (assistant director of the Tony Award winning Summer: The Donna Summer Musical) came highly recommended. Michael brought Jim Cooney, our choreographer, with him. I’m very fortunate to be friends with the fabulous Angela Wendt, who was the original costume designer of worldwide phenomenon RENT: The Musical. She told me we actually have more costumes than RENT – a total of 96 – and I thought I wrote a small show!
Your day job is porn star, and your porn persona is Hans Berlin. What would Hans make of Shooting Star?
That’s a funny question. Hans and Florian are not that different. Florian is blown away by what my creative team made of Shooting Star. And Hans loves it, too [laughs].