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Naked Boys Singing

Naked Boys Singing

Conceived by Robert Shrock

Directed by Tim Evanicki

Musical Direction by John T. Gardner

Choreography by Pete Simpson

Tim Evanicki Productions

Presented at the Footlights Theatre, Orlando FL</strong>

For a show about naked guys, there sure are a lot of costume changes. This sometimes funny, sometimes touching collection of Broadway-styled tunes delivers exactly what the title promises with a cast of 7 buff singers showing off their stuff both personal and professional. The choreography is complex and well executed, the music peppy and bright, and even if the vocals are a little hard to hear (because honestly, where are you gonna hide a microphone pack?) the show is a complete joy. Ensemble numbers like “Gratuitous Nudity” show off the troupe’s dance skills; and its tough to not compare their other qualities as well. Other highlights include the Ensemble “Members Only” and Joshua S. Roth’s “Perky Little Porn Star,” the baleful “Kris, Look What You Missed” by Cannon Starnes, and the retro “Robert Mitchum” led by Kevin Kelly. I never knew Mr. Mitcham was a gay icon, but that’s what this sort of show can do: bring up to the straight audience to the nuances of the cruising world. There’s even a boot slapping country number here; Bryan Manley (Seriously? That’s NOT a stage name?) line dances by himself to “Nothin’ but the Radio On.” Yes, they are mostly naked; yes, the boys are always in tune and positively they are a fun evening’s entertainment so long as the nudity doesn’t offend you. And if it does, well, deep down we are all naked somewhere, sometime. We just don’t charge for it.

For more information on shows at the Footlights Theater, please visit http://www.parliamenthouse.com/footlight-theatre/

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