Two new gay musicals are set to go into repertory at the Kraine Theatre on East 4th St. In New York's Greenwich Village. Cravings and My Heinous Life are both composed by Frank D'Agostino, with books by D'Agostino and Dean Anderson, who also directs.
Cravings deals with sexuality and fate, as Tony, a college-age gay man, contends with his sports-oriented, unsupportive father, and his female roommate who would rather have a mate than a room. My Heinous Life catches Tony later on, as an adult. Now he's a successful playwright/composer dealing with "hilariously diabolical" theatre producers and agents who attempt to blackmail him because he's gay. To beat them, Tony must come out of the closet with a vengeance.
Presented by The Staging Company, Cravings and My Heinous Life both open Jan. 12 and feature Sally Bassoff, Michael Bellivue, Russell Caputo (Tony), Larry Drabeck, Lori Anne Foster, Patti Anne Lucas, Brett Noorigian, Ed Pigut, Joan St. Claire, Eileen Marie Toth and Matt Weisfeld.
After the opening date, the two musicals will play Sundays only, in an open run. For tickets ($15 per show, $25 for the double bill), and information, call (212) 332-9909.
--By David Lefkowitz