Desmond Channing may only be a high school student but as president of the school drama club he knows how to shine. He knows he was born to perform and thrives in the spotlight. But when a new student makes a play for power, are Desmond’s Broadway hopes in tatters? Not if Desmond has his way. He’ll take on any diva but is he condemning himself to hell? Luke Bayer stars in this one-person musical that premiered in New York where it won itself a campy cult following.
As President of the high school drama club and the star of every school play, Desmond Channing has spent most of his short life in the spotlight. But when Evan Harris, a hotshot transfer from New York, challenges his throne, Desmond responds as any diva would... with lethal force. Now, stuck in the Seventh Circle, Hell’s most squalid cabaret venue, Desmond is forced to relive the outrageous events that led him there. As he presents his one-millionth consecutive show, Desmond performs with a desperate vigour in the hope that he can prove he’s repented and be finally freed from his eternal, campy torment. This one-person musical, inspired by the classic Bette Davis movie, ‘All About Eve’, with book and characters by Nora Brigid Monahan and music and lyrics by Alexander Sage Oyen, features Bayer performing a full company of roles, set against a contemporary musical theatre score dripping in references to some of the West End and Broadway’s most iconic shows. ‘DIVA: Live From Hell!’ was due to have its first UK preview on March 16, 2020, the day theatres were ordered to shut down in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Age Recommendation: 14+