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Florian Klein is a gay porn actor better known as Hans Berlin. He’s taken his porn industry 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.
Shooting Star debuted at the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles in May.

DNA: Do you remember the moment you 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, who is 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?

Because 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 tells me we actually have more costumes than RENT – a total of 96 – and I thought I wrote a small show!

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In the Travel Issue we visit LGBT Iceland, scuba in Hawaii, paraglide over Slovenia, cruise down the Rhine and discover kooky Berlin. On the cover: Max Denisov plus 8 pages inside. 7 Hot Hunks hit the showers – we take you there! Max Konnor: from small-town bible geek to the sweetest top in porn. My Best Sex Move: improving your bedroom performance. Whatever happened to the gay kid from School Of Rock? He got hot! Sexy Scott Tweedie – this month’s Straight Mate has serious gay cred! Greek Style – the story of Modus Vivendi. Shooting Star – a new musical theatre show about the adult industry. Gay To Z – a new column kicks off the letter A. Plus regular columns on music, books, theatre, health and fashion.