Filmmaker Andrew Horn, who helped introduce an unsuspecting world to the bizarre joys of Soviet-era musicals in EAST SIDE STORY (1997), chronicles the short, flamboyant life of German-born, Manhattan-based phenomenon Klaus Nomi. Born Klaus Sperber, Nomi (his nom de
nightlife was an anagram of Omni
mogul Bob Guccione's speculative-science magazine) came to New York City in the late '70s to pursue the classic dream of self-expression and fame. A slender, buttoned-down, classically trained, Maria Callas-loving countertenor — countertenors sing in a high, clear voice that sounds more like a choirboy's than a grown man's — Sperber renamed h...