Naked Boys Singing!, the hilarious musical revue featuring six gorgeous boys wearing no clothes, has been completely revamped for 2012. The new production, playing now at the Kirk Theatre on Theatre Row, is packed with fresh new jokes, electrifying choreography and bold additions referencing the LGBT community’s ongoing battle for marriage equality.
“It was time to give Naked Boys Singing! a facelift with an updated attitude to reflect the times,” says the show’s producer and director, Tom D’Angora, a two-time Drama Desk nominee and Off-Broadway Alliance Award winner for NEWSical. He is the founder of D’Angora Entertainment, the production team behind recent off-Broadway smash musical revues Icons and A Broadway Diva Christmas. “We wanted a production that was relevant to this decade. Anything that screamed ‘90s has been altered or cut. We reinvented the staging and dancing and focused more on the comedy.”
From its sassy opening number “Gratuitous Nudity” to the screamingly funny “Bliss of a Bris,” audiences and critics are hailing the 70-minute show a crowd-pleaser. Songs celebrate the male anatomy with playful wit and unabashed explicitness. Whether extolling the anxiety of a high-school locker room or celebrating the joys of performing in the buff, every penile synonym known to man is referenced in the show.
“These boys sing, dance and act their tushies off,” D’Angora says. “Though naked is in the title, it is just the icing on the cake for audiences. The biggest misperception about the show is that it is dirty or like porn. The show is hilarious! While porn goes for the libido, Naked Boys Singing! goes for the heart.”
D’Angora’s co-director in the new production of Naked Boys Singing! is his husband, Michael D’Angora, who has directed the Provincetown production since 2007. Scott Delacruz is the show’s production stage manager.
The off-Broadway revival of Naked Boys Singing! is playing now at the Kirk Theatre on Theatre Row in New York City. For tickets, visit Telecharge.com.
By Ronald Jordan