Apparently BJ, The Trial of a Transgendered Country Western Star is alright with Provincetown, Massachusetts, town officials, but Naked Boys Singing! is not. The popular gay getaway on Cape Cod has issued a cease and desist order against the popular Off-Broadway revue playing at Provincetown's Crown and Anchor. The show features, unsurprisingly, naked boys singing.
The cease and desist order carries a $100 in daily fines for zoning and licensing fees. The town's licensing agent, Greta Holman, was quoted as saying, "We met with [the owners] and discussed the show, discussed the options, which are to end the show or cover up." The Crown and Anchor is located within 500 feet of a Unitarian church, the city's town hall and a woman's erotic boutique, each of which proximity violates the town's zoning bylaws. With nudity on display, the Crown and Anchor becomes an adult entertainment complex, something for which the space is not licensed to sell alcohol.
The Crown and Anchor staff, including Adam Weinstock of Creative Concept Productions, argue that the nudity in Naked Boys Singing! is not sexual, but merely a part of a theatrical, not adult, production.
Now beginning its third year in New York after a hit run in Los Angeles, the revue is a sometimes comic, sometimes serious, all singing, all dancing revue of tunes celebrating mankind sans clothing. 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 revue'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. The Crown and Anchor is located at 247 Commercial Street. For information, call (508) 487-1430. The Crown and Anchor is on the web at http://www.thecrownandanchor.net.
— By Christine Ehren