Bed, Boys and Beyond, a gay-themed musical revue expanding on a 1999 New York International Fringe Festival show called All Male Lives of Y2-Gay, has proved a much-extended hit at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre in NYC’s Greenwich Village. However, this being summertime in New York, the revue, like a host of other shows, is throwing in the proverbial towel. The show, which began performances March 1, was set to end April 1 and then extended through June and through July, will now close earlier, June 24.
The show plays Saturday nights only, though two Sunday benefit performances were added, with all proceeds going to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. For information, call (212) 255-5438.
Portions of the show, by lyricist-librettist Jeff Dobbins and composer Alfredo Alvarez, were seen in the summer 1999 Y2-Gay hit. The show explores the lives of five gay men searching for love, understanding and community in the post-closet era. Songs includes "Searchin' for a Euphemism," "Here in Chelsea," "Family Values," "The Seven-Week Itch," "May I Take Your Hand?" and more. The "ex-gay" movement is also addressed, and a satirical look at the Boy Scouts is offered.
Jeff Kalpak directs and Brett Kristofferson musical-directs a cast that includes Don Brewer, Chad Miller, Ryan Perry, Tom Stuart and James Wesley.
Performances are on Saturdays. Tickets are $15 (with a two-drink minimum). The Duplex is at 61 Christopher Street in Manhattan. -- By David Lefkowitz