Unbeknownst to most people, several years before pop icon Madonna released her first self-titled album in 1983, she played drums and sang in a new wave synth pop band called Breakfast Club. Eager to make a name for herself, her thirst for fame created waves in the band until she left in 1981 to make it on her own. Now, for the first time, we’ll get to see the story in writer/director Guy Guido’s upcoming documentary, Madonna and the Breakfast Club.
Before Madonna was Madonna, she was a New York newbie
After graduating from high school, Madonna got a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. But in 1978, she dropped out and moved to New York City with $35 in her pocket. There, she worked as a waitress for Dunkin’ Donuts while taking dance classes at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the theatre named after the renowned black, gay choreographer.
Touring as a backup dancer on the world tour of French disco artist Patrick Hernandez, Madonna met and started dating musician Dan Gilroy, the man with which she’d form the band, Breakfast Club.
Recreating the story of Madonna and the Breakfast Club
Madonna was only involved with the band for a few years, but writer and director Guy Guido decided to tell the story of her involvement with Breakfast Club through first-person interviews with her former bandmates including her ex Dan Gilroy; his brother, fellow guitarist Ed Gilroy; and bassist Angie Smit.
Dan Gilroy reportedly gave Guido access to hours of videos, audio tapes and intimate love letters between Madonna and him. But since Madonna doesn’t appear in the documentary, Guido hired actress Jamie Auld to play her in reenactments of the band’s performances and their behind-the-scenes drama — she’s the splitting-image of a young Madonna.
Madonna and the Breakfast Club will be released later this year.