The last time “06880” caught up with Mia Gentile, the former Staples Players and “Kinky Boots” Broadway star had just released a stunning, Black Lives Matter-inspired version of “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?”
She and collaborator musician/video producer Roger Klug called themselves MISSYFIT.
“06880” loves Mia. Previous stories covered the 2007 Staples/2011 Cincinnati Conservatory of Music grad’s clever, multi-genre interpretations of the Stanley Steemer jingle, and her many stage roles back in the days when live theater was a thing.
Which brings us to her latest project.
Once again, Mia and Roger have worked together — though hundreds of miles apart — on a new take of an old classic.
Or in this case, 2 classics.
“It was cathartic for us to ring out 2020 with some punk rock angst,” she says.
They mashed up the Ramones’ “Glad to See You Go” and “I Wanna Be Sedated.” The latter song is particularly apt — you know, “20, 20, 20, 4 hours to go…”
It’s a quick leap to 2020 — the year we can’t wait to bid adieu.
So, with just about 9 hours to go … take it away, Mia and Roger!
“1-800-StanleySteemer, the carpet cleaner” is not the world’s most obnoxious remember-this-phone-number jingle.
That honor goes to 1-877-Kars4Kids. Hands down.
The real Mia Gentile.
But even if you think Stanley Steemer is only mildly repellent, you won’t want to miss Mia Gentile‘s music video.
Sure, she repeats the melody over and over. And over. And over again.
But each version is only a few seconds long.
Each is sung in a different genre. There’s jazz. Opera. Girl group. Country. Latin. Torch song. Punk rock. Gospel. Lady Gaga.
Combined with dozens of costume changes, a rollicking piano accompaniment, and Mia’s versatile, vibrant voice, the result is a YouTube video that has — of course — gone viral.
It got 500 hits a couple of hours after Mia posted it on a few Facebook walls. Within a day, there were 13,000.
Now it’s nearing 50,000 hits.
Not bad for a video done just for fun. This was no guerrilla marketing ploy.
Mia Gentile, pitching Stanley Steemer.
Hopefully, though, it will bring the talented 2007 Staples grad — a veteran of Players shows like “Cabaret,” “The Wiz” and “Children of Eden,” who went on the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and earned praise for her regional theater work in plays like “Next to Normal” — to the attention of Broadway casting directors.
Or at least, the producers at a show like “Ellen.”
Mia first recorded “1-800-StanleySteemer” as a voice demo. It was a way to prove her range of styles.
Roger Klug — a very talented rock musician, writer and producer, who collaborated with her on the project — wanted her to turn her jingles into a music video.
The idea sat on the back burner while Mia auditioned in New York. When she returned to Cincinnati, though — performing every night in “Normal,” and singing in jazz clubs — she finally knocked out the video.
It took a few days to come up with costumes. But it was a fun project. Now it’s taking on a life of its own.
Mia, Mia and Mia — a ’50s girl group.
The Facebook friends whose walls Mia shyly posted the video on forwarded it along. It found its way to Reddit, Tumblr and College Humor. Quickly, it went viral.
“It wasn’t our intention to do this for casting directors, but that’s a happy byproduct,” Mia says. “Casting directors want to put you in a box. If people can see I can play a variety of types, that would be great.”
In less than 3 minutes, the video proves, Mia can sing just about any style, and perform just about any role.
Mia and Mia channel Lady Gaga.
Including a sexy woman in a sequin skirt, oozing sensuality while singing about a carpet cleaner: call Mia Gentile.
Though not at 1-800-StanleySteemer.
Click below for Mia Gentile’s YouTube viral video.)
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