In a reversal of the current traffic across the Atlantic - with actors, singers and other celebrities piling in to the Big Apple to cheer New Yorkers up - a popular New York revue has just arrived in Soho.
Naked Boys Singing! is exactly that - six fresh-cheeked guys singing (and dancing) 12 songs and a few reprises in a roughly one-hour show that leaves nothing to the imagination in terms of the actors' physiques but which manages to conjure up (with a bare minimum of props) a variety of scenarios; usually comic, often sexual, occasionally very moving.
This show has safely landed in Soho, unlike the rival Nude Boys Revue which Dan Crawford planned to stage at the King's Head, Islington last month. The postponement of the King's Head venture leaves the field entirely to Naked Boys Singing! whose very American show has brought a touch of New York's pre-September joie de vivre to theatreland. Judging by the queues outside Madame JoJos's on Saturday, they are being welcomed with open arms.
The show, originally conceived by Robert Schrock, is directed by Kerry Michael, choreographed by Julie Armstrong, with design by Lou Gray and uses material by a dozen songwriters.
For further details phone the box office on 0870 1212529.
—by Paul Webb Theatrenow