To coincide with London Fashion Week, curtains will part for Toby Rose's brand new, much-awaited electro musical Fashion Victim... But it's only on for two nights!
On February the 15th and 16th the Roxy Bar on Borough High Street will stage the first two ever performances of Fashion Victim: The Musical. I managed to catch Toby for a quick chat about what we can expect, and as I'm sure you'll agree, it sounds brilliant:
Jack: Hey Toby! It's called Fashion Victim: The Musical. Is it going to be like the Devil Wears Prada with songs?
Toby: This show is more Zoolander with added Chicago. But in case your worried it's not camp - it's very camp!
Jack: Is the music poppy and electro like fashion shows, or should we expect piano ballads and what not?
Toby: We have gone right up electro pop boulevard. The soundtrack is a blend of Grace Jones, Pet Shop Boys and I even sense a sprinkling of Gary Numan. Think Orchestral manoeuvres on the catwalk
Jack: This is sounding superb already. Will the fashion industry like this musical or will they rabbit on about inaccurate a portrayal it gives?
Toby: The fashion crowd is not always into self parody so I imagine that there will be elements who see something off trend. But the aim is not to trash fashion folk it is to ponder the age old question .....who do you crunch under your heel to get to the top.
Jack: It's not important, but, are you gay by any chance? Tell us about that.
Toby: I am pretty much gay gay gay. And after a few drinks this is even more obvious...
Jack: We hear that scene icon Jonny Woo is going to be in the show. Can you give us some hints over what to expect?
Toby: Of course! Mr Woo plays fashionista Jake Spangle who is this acid tongue who unmasks a girl on the make. As you can imagine this is going to be a direct duet conflict full of fireworks. Mimi Steele is our thrusting arriviste who is basically not playing straight with his best pal (and hunk) Cedric. Handbags at dawn!
Jack: There are only a few dates, so we have to book now. But do you think it'll transfer? It sounds very feasible for somewhere like the Menier Chocolate Factory theatre in London Bridge.
Toby: Our show is on for two dates only. So you get the chance to come to either the opening night or the closing night! Either way you will make fashion musical history. There are some plans to bring this Pop Up show back in the autumn bigger and better with more sass!
Jack: Do you have a favourite supermodel?
Toby: My fave supermodel is Naomi as she kindly did a show for my ex in his tiny Paris boutique. And there were no scr eaming fits when the railing collapsed backstage.
Jack: Are male models hot or annoying?
Toby: In my experience male models are hot and annoyingly straight or,at least, that is what they let me know in no uncertain terms.
Jack: What are you wearing right now?
Toby: A pair of jeans and a cow parsley long sleeved t-shirt and slingbacks. One item is fictitious.
Jack: What's your favourite Madonna song and why? Oh, and given our subject you can't say Vogue.
Toby: La Isla Bonita is my favourite Madonna song. I remember arriving fashionably late at one of her Wembley Stadium gigs and it was just wafting through the air.