Fresh -- or rather "filthy" -- from its extended run at San Francisco's Cable Car Theater, Dirty Little Showtunes , an adults-only musical revue that the Bay Area Reporter deems "the gayest show ever to play San Francisco," reopens at Theatre Rhinoceros, June 19-July 27.
The show's premise is simple: make up X-rated lyrics for famous showtunes.
The soot starts with Tom Orr, the show's author and lyricist, who also performs in the show, directed by Allen Sawyer and John Karr. Orr opens the evening by singing "Dirty Little Showtunes" to the melody of Stephen Sondheim's "Pretty Little Picture" from Forum. Songs from musicals such as South Pacific, A Chorus Line, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma! get the same treatment.
The Sound of Music song "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" becomes "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Gonorrhea?"
In another parody of the choreography from West Side Story, men dressed in black leather emerge, and dance in fighting opposition to men in drag. This prompts the musical number "The Leather Man and the Drag Queen Should Be Friends" -- taking off from Oklahoma!'s "The Farmer and the Cowman Should Be Friends." The tunes of Dirty Little Showtunes are selected mainly from musicals before 1980. The composers vary from Gershwin, Rodgers, Bernstein to Sondheim and others, though at one point in the evening, an actor shouts "There will be no Lloyd Webber!"
Each show is highlighted by a newly written "mystery song." Prior to intermission, Orr comes out and asks the audiences to shout out a Broadway song, a sexual act, and a location. During intermission, he writes a song using those three items. Then he performs it in the second act.
When asked if Orr ever extends the intermission to accommodate his writing and remembering really good song, spokesperson Eric Glaser [no relation to this reporter] replies, "Nope, he's pretty fast."
He added, "It's REALLY funny. A lot of people came back 4, 5, 6 times--I'm not sure if they were coming just to see the "mystery song" or the whole thing."
According to Glaser, after Dirty Little Showtunes closes in San Francisco, it will re-open in Orr's native Seattle. Orr and producers Michael Bruno Productions are also in negotiations to run in Chicago and a few other places. No venues have yet been announced.
For tickets or more information about Dirty Little Showtunes, opening June 20, call (415) 861-5079, or refer to the Theatre Rhinocerous regional listing on Playbill On-Line.
--By Blair Glaser