Naked Boys Singing!
They’re here. They’re queer. We’re used to it.
Naked Boys Singing! returns to NYC, gayer than ever. The 1999 all-male Revue (which closed in January), is back Off-Broadway with a new production. This time it’s a bit more modern, 30 minutes shorter (running time is 60 minutes, no intermission) and the boys are a lot more twinky. Directed by “gay-married” couple Tom and Michael D’Angora and choreographed by the fabulous Alex Ringler, this production is campy and just plain fun! Now playing Theatre Row’s Kirk Theatre on 42nd Street, the show is pure entertainment.
When originally produced at The Actors’ Playhouse in the Village, I imagine there was something extra special about it. Seeing hunky naked guys, singing and dancing, it was more than just entertainment, it was a form of expression for the gay community. Now that gay is “in,” a show like this just exists, and that’s a good thing. This studly cast makes it special in their own way. Taking on multiple roles and “showing-off” their best assets, each boy has a moment to shine.
The audience is an important character in this show. A majority of the audience the night I saw it, were drunk-horny women (probably from New Jersey), who were yelling and screaming for the boys−like the teenage girls who come to see Daniel Radcliffe (Or Darren Criss, or Nick Jonas), in a show they probably don’t know the name of. “Take it off!” ”Oooo, I love cowboys!” “Karen, did you see his Dick?” Pre-show I heard, “Hey, what’s your name?” (Yelling to a women two rows behind her.) “Add me on Facebook! My name is ____ ____. Hey, everyone in the audience can add me, too.”
Make sure to stop by Theatre Row to see some penis [certainly more nudity than the last production] and musical theatre-fun.