Kfir, a classically trained ballet dancer, has been making a name for himself on the Great White Way, where he currently stars in Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera. In his spare time, however, he’s aiming to conquer the club scene, too.
This month, he’s out with “Drama Queen,” the first single from his new Free Delivery EP. It is catchy, funky and totally NYC… but what really caught our attention is that the Israeli-hottie has taken the opportunity to step out from behind the stage curtain in fierce full effect. He appears in the song’s music video in drag.
Why drag for the “Drama Queen” video?
Kfir: The song is very in-your-face lyrically and I wanted it to be delivered to the viewer in an equally strong visual. I wanted to harness the fierceness and nerve that comes with my drag persona.
You’ve obviously worn make-up for the stage but was this your first time walking the streets in drag make-up?
Kfir: Yes. I was so scared and nervous to step out on the street at first but I found it to be empowering and liberating. I salute all those who harness their true selves and have the courage and pride to step out into the world exactly the way they are!
What did your partner think?
Kfir: My entire family and all those who are close to me were so loving and supportive.(Laughing) My mother thought I looked like her!
Let’s talk a little about the song.
Kfir: “Drama Queen” is about people who are so full of themselves that the become delusional, carrying on as if they’re celebrities and made of gold.
Why do they bother you so much?
Kfir: Maybe it’s because I grew up in a small town where everyone knew everyone. When I moved to New York I noticed that people ignore those around them and almost go out of there way to make others feel invisible. One of my biggest pet peeves is when I come across someone I’ve met previously and they act like they don’t know me.
Not everyone is so nice, especially on Broadway. As a performer, you must have had to deal with your share of rejection.
Kfir: Oh, I’ve been rejected so many times, I can’t even tell you. Even as a kid, I was bullied for being a ballet dancer. However, every time people tried to tear me down, it made me stronger. I came to accept that I’m different and I learned it’s ok to be so. I take rejection as a self motivator and as a powerful tool for self growth.
Do you plan to leave the Broadway stage to pursue the club stage?
Kfir: I’m still in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and this fall, I am joining the Metropolitan Opera House as a lead dancer in their new production of Adriana Lecouvreur. However, in between I will be releasing more material from my new Free Delivery EP and I’m excited to start performing the tracks around NYC. I will always love theatre but it’s time I focus on my music. Life is about taking chances and I’m taking a chance with my art, hoping to inspire and excite those who need it most.
“Drama Queen” is available on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.