Kalen Allen Talks ‘For Christmas Sake
Entertainer and Web sensation Kalen Allen is ringing within the holidays with a brand new vacation particular filled with tinsel, presents, and loads of ‘sleighing,’ and we’ve acquired the FIRST have a look at ‘For Christmas Sake!: The Film Musical.’
If Santa Claus ever must take a yr off, he can all the time name Kalen Allen as a result of he’s about to provide followers the proper reward this yr: For Christmas Sake!: The Film Musical. Following the discharge of Kalen’s debut Christmas album of the identical identify, the actor, producer, singer, and Web sensation will launch the film musical on Dec. 18 at 9pm EST / 6pm PST.
“It’s a magical film!” Kalen tells HollywoodLife in an EXCLUSIVE interview. “It’s the story of the Klauses. Santa Klaus and his husband, Mr. Klaus. I took a previous story and made it new and in addition extra inclusive.” Serving to him inform the story is his personal fleet of Santa’s Little Helpers: MJ Rodriguez (Pose), Alex Newell (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist), TERRELL (The TERRELL Present), singer VINCINT, and RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Shuga Cain, Monique Coronary heart, and Manila Luzon.
“It’s a Christmas card to the LGBTQ+ group,” Kalen tells HollywoodLife.” For Christmas Sake! is, in accordance with Kalen, “an opportunity to lastly see ourselves inside the vacation narrative and for as soon as it not being about our id, however as an alternative about us basking within the pleasure that Christmas brings!” Forward of the premiere – solely on Kalen Allen’s YouTube Web page – Kalen spoke with HollywoodLife concerning the creation of For Christmas Sake!: The Film Musical, and which Christmas album you shouldn’t be sleeping on throughout this vacation season.
HollywoodLife: What impressed you to make For Christmas Sake!?
Kalen Allen: I made a decision to create For Christmas Sake! as a result of I felt as if all of us might use a bit of vacation cheer this yr. For me, the vacations have all the time been very particular, and that’s principally due to the music!
What are you able to share about the For Christmas Sake!: The Film Musical? What impressed it? Did you all the time need to have your personal Christmas particular and determine, ‘hey, it’s 2020, would possibly as properly’?
It’s a magical film! It’s the story of the Clauses. Santa Klaus and his husband, Mr. Klaus. I took a previous story and made it new and in addition extra inclusive. It’s a Christmas card to the LGBTQ+ group. An opportunity to lastly see ourselves inside the vacation narrative, and for as soon as, it not being about our id, however as an alternative about us basking within the pleasure that Christmas brings! After the album was completed, I knew as my good friend Julian Roca-Chow, who has labored within the trade for years, after which he known as some associates, and we made it occur. We each take into account this to be a few of our greatest work!
We spoke with Nina West about how Christmas is, for some, an opportunity to have a good time with their “chosen household,” particularly after they can’t – for one cause or one other, go “dwelling for the vacations.” Did you all the time know that For Christmas Sake! was going to be a Christmas card to the LGBTQ+ group, or did issues change when you have been making it?
Oh, it all the time was! From the very start! I made the film musical as a result of I used to be bored with by no means seeing my group represented in vacation films, particularly queer folks of coloration. As a result of homophobia and stigma in itself, there is such a lot of LGBTQ+ youth and households who spend the vacations alone. I needed to middle us inside a story that for as soon as wasn’t about our id, however as an alternative was about us sharing the enjoyment that Christmas brings! Everybody deserves a vacation
This season, we’ve requested artists what they suppose are ‘underrated’ or ‘underappreciated’ Christmas songs, so as to add some completely different taste to their vacation playlists. What’s one tune that you just suppose deserves extra love this season?
I’ll provide you with an entire album: Mariah Carey’s second Christmas album, Merry Christmas II You, deserves a lot extra recognition. Particularly her rendition of O’ Come All Ye Devoted along with her mom, Patricia!
Kalen Allen’s For Christmas Sake!: The Film Musical premieres on Dec. 18 at 6pm PST / 9pm EST on Kalen’s YouTube web page.