- Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2016
Magical Iguana Productions and Let Us Entertainment will co-produce the romantic comedy, “Maybe This Time,” the production companies announced today. Starring veteran film and stage actor Mel England and penned by freshman scripter Richard DeFonzo, “Maybe This Time” is a gay romantic comedy about Robert Hunter, a wildly successful Liza Minnelli impersonator in New York City, who’s looking for Mr. Right. The only problem is that no one wants to date a drag queen.
Based on his life as one of the most celebrated Liza Minnelli impersonators, DeFonzo wrote “Maybe This Time” not just with his own experience in mind, but also to shed light on the challenging love lives of all female impersonators. “Sometimes, even within the LGBTQ community, it’s hard to find guys who can see beyond the dress and makeup,” DeFonzo said, adding, “It’s personal. So many of us in the drag world experience this. Love is love, no matter who you are, or what you do for a living.”
England (“Ron and Laura Take Back America”), is set to star as Peter, the love interest of Robert (yet to be cast), and will also executive produce. “I just fell in love with the script. It's so human – everyone wants love. We’ve never seen a film like this – it’s a part of the story that has never been told.”
Tony award winning Broadway producer, Sue Vaccaro (“Clybourne Park”) and Anton Khachaturian (“RuPaul’s Drag U”) are involved as producer and associate producer respectively.
Producers are in talks with Chad Michael’s (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”), Vincent De Paul (“House of Cards”) and Liza Minnelli to join the production, which is scheduled to begin filming in 2017.
About “Maybe This Time”
Robert Hunter is a show stopping Liza Minnelli impersonator in the Big Apple with a big problem, no one wants to date a drag queen! His best friends from his hit show, “Cher,” “Joan Rivers” and “Bette Midler” (well, the drag versions), team up to help him meet Mr. Right, even if it means giving up the act. But, when Peter the new stage manager enters stage left, will Robert finally find his leading man? Maybe This Time...
About the Filmmakers
RICHARD DEFONZO is one of the top Liza Minnelli impersonators in the US, most recently he was a headliner at The Hilton Hawaiian Village in the flagship production “CABARAE.” He has entertained worldwide in theatres, cabarets, and exclusive events. He starred in VH-1’s reality series “Boys Will Be Girls and was featured on A&E in promos for Liza's “A&E Biography.” As an actor, he appeared in the film “Jeffery,” on “The Cosby Show,” Off- Broadway at The Actor’s Playhouse and performed in various National Tours and Regional theatre productions.
MEL ENGLAND has starred on screen and stage, Off Broadway, and internationally. In the title role of "Ron and Laura Take Back America," he won Best Acting Ensemble, and two Best Actor nominations. Other starring film roles include "Best Day Ever,” "Little Big Top” "Persona Au Gratin." His one-man show "Swimming with the Polar Bears" premiered Off Broadway, featuring posters signed by Al Gore in a benefit for The Climate Project, and notably was invited to perform at the UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen, and at Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary on the National Mall.
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