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Naked Boys Singing!

a Musical Revue
CATEGORY : MUSICAL
by Robert Shrock et. al.

COMPANY : 7 Stages [WEBSITE]
VENUE : 7 Stages [WEBSITE]
ID# 5015

SHOWING : January 04, 2017 - January 22, 2017

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Ronnie Larsen presents a Tim Evanicki Production

Six Guys, Sixteen Songs, and Zero Clothes! A winning combination if ever there was one! The hilarious off-Broadway smash-hit musical hits the road and its next stop is Atlanta! From the sassy opening number “Gratuitous Nudity,” to the screamingly funny “Bliss of a Bris,” audiences and critics alike have hailed “Naked Boys Singing!” as a sure-fire crowd-pleaser.

Conceived by Robert Shrock
Written by Stephen Bates, Marie Cain, Perry hart, Shelly Markham, Jim Morgan, David Pevsner, Rayme Sciaroni, Mark Savage, Ben Schaechter, Robert Shrock, Trance Thompson, Bruce Vilanch, and Mark Winkler


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Was It a Standing Ovation If the Audience Remained Seated?
by playgoer
Sunday, January 15, 2017
4.0
With a title like "Naked Boys Singing!" and an opening number titled "Gratuitous Nudity," it’s fairly obvious that the show is an all-male revue with a lot of skin showing. When you see an actor entering with clothes on, odds are good that the clothes will be removed by the end of the number. The only plot line, such as it is, involves two men who see one another stripping for bedtime through windows in buildings that face one another and who long for a closer connection. The only thing that makes it approach a storyline is that one of the men is the primary singer in "Window to Window" when it first is sung, and the other sings a reprise later in the show.

In between, there are a lot of musical numbers by a lot of different songwriters. There’s next to no dialogue in the show; the only extended spoken segment is largely improvised audience banter by Anthony Massarotto as an introduction to "Perky Little Porn Star." (And, yeah, the content skews heavily toward gay themes.) This is a national tour playing in an intimate space, so the setting is simple, consisting of four trussed metal columns with lights shining upward and a banner emblazoned with the show logo.

At the performance I attended, the lights had severe problems in the middle of the show. The actors were true troupers, though, and didn’t miss a beat as they performed half a number (plus a bit of another) in the glow of the piano light. Otherwise, the lighting scheme adds some nice variety to the show. Andrew Fiacco’s motion-filled choreography provides additional variety.

Director Tim Evanicki has molded his cast into an appealing ensemble. Jonté Jaurel Culpepper gets some of the heaviest dancing duties, partnered ably by bearded heartthrob Stephen Millett. Diminutive charmer Anthony Massarotto has probably the best voice, with a wide range and lovely tone. Charismatic Tim Granham nearly matches his quality of voice, and the understated Charles Walljasper Robinson does wonderful work with vocal harmonies. Danny Burgos, who appears to be the most recent addition, has the least to do, and he doesn’t seem quite as seasoned as the other performers. Still, the music consistently sounds good.

Is this a show for everyone? No. Although a few of the musical numbers are rock-inflected, most are in a musical comedy vein. There’s a fair amount of suggestiveness, but the overall atmosphere is of good clean fun, albeit with a strong gay bent. The novelty of the show is the thing that keeps it touring. And, to judge by the ad content of the show’s playbill, local gay-oriented businesses see great overlap with the audience for this show. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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