A leaky pipe on the 100-year-old Actors' Playhouse building in Greenwich Village caused flooding in the dressing area of Naked Boys Singing! April 4, prompting a cancellation of the popular musical revue.
The backstage area was assessed by an Actors' Equity Association representative and the conditions backstage were deemed unsafe for the actors, a show spokesman said, and the show was cancelled. The problem has been fixed, the backstage is cleaned out and performances will resume April 5.
In December 2001, Naked Boys Singing, which has a title that delivers, celebrated 1,000 performances. The show has proved popular with a crossover audience: What might be perceived as a gay-crowd-only event has blossomed into a ticket that lures a female audience (birthday parties and bachelorette parties are not uncommon). The April 5 show marks performance No. 1,142.
Naked Boys Singing! is a sometimes comic, sometimes serious, all-singing, all-dancing revue celebrating mankind in the clothes he was born in. The original 16-song score includes such numbers as "Fight the Urge," "The Bliss of a Bris," "Muscle Addiction," "Nothing But the Radio On," "Members Only" and "Window to Window." The musical comedy revue opened in New York July 22, 1999 after a successful run at the Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles. A cast album exists. The show's contributing writers are Stephen Bates, Marie Cain, Shelly Markham, Jim Morgan, David Pevsner, Rayme Sciaroni, Mark Savage, Ben Schaechter, Robert Schrock, Mark Winkler and Bruce Vilanch. Schrock directed with choreography by Jeffry Denman (The Producers) and musical direction by Stephen Bates.
Tickets are $35-$50 or $65 for the first two rows. The 169-seat Actors' Playhouse is located at 100 Seventh Avenue South below Christopher Street. Call (212) 463-0060 for information.
— By Kenneth Jones
and Christine Ehren