‘Naked Boys Singing!’ Beloved Music Review Returns to Key West with a Local Face (Paradise)

‘Naked Boys Singing!’ Beloved Music Review Returns to Key West with a Local Face (Paradise)

Posted Thu, May 15, 2008 in Articles

“Naked Boys Singing!”, which has thrilled audiences around the globe both as a film and as a stage production, opens in Key West with a performance at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Waterfront Playhouse, in Mallory Square.

The show, which is back (and front) by popular demand, is a delightful musical revue that wowed Key West audiences two years ago. The show will be performed at 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through June 14.

Opening night will be sponsored by Dennis Beaver, Bert Whitt and Charlie Allen, and will feature a post-performance “meet the cast” party in the sculpture garden in front of the theatre with catering by Great Events. The show carries an audience advisory, due to nudity and adult comedy.

“Naked Boys Singing!” is produced by the Key West Players-Waterfront Playhouse, a professional nonprofit theatre, in cooperation with Adam Weinstock and Creative Concept Productions. WGAY-TV and Key West Pride Fest 2008 are partnering with the production. The final week of performances have been scheduled to coincide with this year’s PrideFest and is part of their official activities line-up.

Robert Schrock, the creator and original director of the show, is returning to direct and choreograph the Waterfront production. He and producer Weinstock of Creative Concept Productions have gathered together a cross section of some of the best cast members from the New York production, as well as productions from around the United States and Canada. The show has been a hit with audiences worldwide, playing to sold-out houses, including many sell-out nights in Key West. The Daily News claimed the show has “Loads of charm and theatrical savvy . . . really good, clean if adult fun!”

The 2008 production will feature an entirely new cast and will include one of Key West’s homegrown stars Spencer Gates, who has been performing in the off-Broadway production for the past year.

The talented and great-looking cast also includes Vash Bodde, Jay Krottinger, Michael Munoz, Ruben Navarro and Eric Potter, as well as Michael Fauss, who is returning as musical director. The professional cast has extensive credits on Broadway, off-Broadway and regionally.

The show itself is a smart, funny and fabulous musical revue featuring 16 original songs. The numbers are by turns hilarious, poignant and wonderfully theatrical. It just so happens that the cast is naked. A team of 12 acclaimed writers have contributed songs, including Stephen Bates, Marie Cain, Perry Hart, Shelly Markham, Jim Morgan, David Pevsner, Rayme Sciaroni, Mark Savage, Ben Schaechter, Trance Thompson, Mark Winkler and two-time Emmy Award winner, Bruce Vilanch. The show opens with “Gratuitous Nudity,” in which the cast throws caution and costumes to the wind, and they never look back. Other numbers include “Naked Maid,” “Robert Mitchum,” “Nothin’ But The Radio On” and “Perky Little Porn Star.”

The charming appeal of the show brings in a diverse audience, including men, women, young people, senior citizens, celebrities, clergy members and others.

In 2002, the Off-Broadway production played to a sold-out house of NYPD officers and Sept. 11 first responders. Unsure of what they might be getting into, the officers decided to attend because they “needed a night out to relax, and every single one of us enjoyed it! We went around for days singing the songs,” said officer David Held.

Tickets for the show cost $35 and are available at the Waterfront box office, by calling 305-294-5015, or online at www.waterfrontplayhouse.com.

Group rates and locals discounts are available.

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