Based on the memoir, Dreamboy: My Life as a QVC Host & Other Greatest Hits by Dale Guy Madison, My Life in 3 Easy Payments (MLI3EP) will inspire you to "dare 2 dream" stand in your truth and believe in yourself. Watching MLI3EP reflects a past that is still very true for young and old today because the journey is universal, ageless, and timeless. A show about acceptance, love, and friendships in a community that is highly underrepresented.
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“One Night With You”
Baltimore 1976. The year of independence and Dale Madison and his two best friends, Keith and Boo are teenagers living in their truth. The three teens, who all love the girl groups, dress up in drag and perform for themselves in the Madison garage. Dale feels he has been born to be a star and always takes the center position as Diana Ross does in her girl group, The Supremes.
Dale's mother, Miss Lovelean, a strict Christian woman disapproves of their behavior. She's a single mother raising two boys who are "different." Tension in the single-family household surrounds the lifestyle of Dale and his brother Ricky who don't play sports with other boys. Dale is a talented designer who makes the costumes for him and his friends. As a peace offering, he makes his mom a church dress. Miss Lovelean rejects wearing the dress because of what it potentially represents to the nosey judgemental women in her church.
Our story picks up in 1991, when Dale, Keith, and Boo are in their 30's. Dale creates a gig for himself by telling African stories to children. Boo is the stage manager for a fashion network, and Keith manages a nite club. Dale is in a kinky sexual relationship with Melvin, a married man who is a teacher at one of the schools that he performs. To establish emotional boundaries Dale establishes a "no kissing on the mouth" rule.
Things change for Dale when he gets a call from Boo to audition for the Fashion Style Network (FSN) as a host. Despite a tense encounter with Ingram, one of FSN's star hosts, Dale nails the audition and is hired. Dale has finally landed a job where the world will see him as a star from midnight to three am. He's determined to find a way to take his center position on this new stage. FSN will be his Motown and he will be Miss Ross.
We soon come to learn that this new door opening for Dale also lowers his emotional boundaries toward Melvin. They kiss on the mouth for the first time. We also dip back to 1976 and see that Miss Lovelean, in a show of unconditional love to her son wears the dress Dale made her to church. We close in 1991 where we see Dale who still performs in drag, but now as a solo act, in the drag club managed by Keith. Boo and his brother Ricky are in the audience for support. Dale is ready to take on the world, with the help of his friends as he performs the Mary Wilson ballad "One Night With You."