Gilda Lilly is coming to town! The new show is by David Leddick and Andrew Sargent and is the saga of a mythological movie goddess, sub-titled “My Years in Hollywood.” As Gilda herself says, “You’ll laugh…You’ll cry…You won’t believe a word.”
Gilda is played by David Leddick in thirteen musical numbers that make up the two-act show. Leddick is also the writer and lyricist for “Presenting Gilda Lilly.” Andrew Sargent is the composer. V. J. Colonna Productions is producing the show, which is under the direction of David Kingery, with musical arrangement by David Cohen. Nathan Smith of “TWIST” fame appears as a very special guest performer.
Leddick and Sargent previously wrote the mini-musical “Quentin and I”, about the legendary English eccentric Quentin Crisp. It has just completed a national tour with a two-week run in Palm Springs at the Villa Resorts.
As well, as his newly-revived theater career, David Leddick is the world’s leading expert on homoerotic art and all things gay. He is the author of the Lambda Award-winning books: “Naked Men” and “The Male Nude.”
David Leddick is responsible for no less than 15 published works on the male nude as well as novels, non-fiction and biographical work. His newest book is “In the Spirit of Miami Beach” from Assouline Press, which has just arrived at bookstores.
Before embarking on a literary career Leddick was first a dancer at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, then served as an officer in the U.S. Navy aboard an aircraft carrier, a Director of TV commercials in Paris and finally became the Worldwide Creative Director for Revlon at Grey Advertising in New York.
Leddick is now enjoying a successful return to the stage after being absent for many years pursuing his writing career. First, in three productions with the Miami Gay Men's Chorus and then in his own cabaret show which he has performed in Miami and internationally.
Leddick has also written two musicals, “The Secrets of the Chorus” and “Quentin and I” with Andrew Sargent as the composer. He has starred in the musical “It’s A Fabulous Life”, which recently played to sold out crowds at the Broward Center of the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale and the Colony Theater in Miami Beach for several seasons.
Andrew Sargent studied music at the University of Montevallo in Alabama and was for several seasons the accompanist for the Miami Gay Men’s Chorus where “It’s a Fabulous Life” was originally created. In addition to the songs created for “It’s a Fabulous Life”, Andrew has written the music for “The Secrets of the Chorus,” which is a backstage-backstabbing musical romp. His most recent project, along with David Leddick, has been the mini-musical about Quentin Crisp titled "Quentin and I" which recently ended its national tour. Along with his cabaret partner David Leddick and his manager Vince Colonna, Andrew has performed in theaters and cabarets around the world.
V. J. Colonna is the manager for both Mr. Leddick and Mr. Sargent. His production company, V. J. Colonna Productions Inc., presented “Quentin and I”, “The Secrets of the Chorus” as well as Mr. Leddick’s cabarets “David Leddick at the Deauville,” “The Littlest Review,” and “Let’s Fall In Love.”. Previously, he produced Steven Sondheim’s “Company” (in concert) starring Polly Bergen. He is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT.org)