The naked gents over at Naked Boys Singing, carefully propped to disguise their...assets, sang a Music Man parody about -- what else? -- being naked, when all they desired was a good costumer. While bandying about names in chant ("Willa Kim, Willa Kim!" "William Ivey Long, William Ivey Long, Long, Long, Long, Long, Long -- get it?"), they discussed the closing of Cats (a popular theme in this year's skits) and their own dream ascent to Broadway before they were interrupted by their bonnet, complete with naked male dolls and a leggy chorine wearing it.
Annie Get Your Gun raised the most money with a take of $181,000. Running up were The Lion King ($136,000), Rent ($121,700) and Chicago ($118,000) with the Off-Broadway fund-raising award going to Naked Boys Singing, who collected $26,490.
Footloose garnered the award for best bonnet and presentation with their highly original, no doubt youthfully-inspired headgear: a large derriere belonging to what looked like a Footloose chorus boy. Star Jeremy Kushnier sang about the fact that his company, despite horrific reviews and mockery by the news media, will manage to near their two year anniversary before vacating the Richard Rodgers for the September arrival of Seussical. He urged the critics to kiss their Easter bonnet before representations of the major newspapers, complete with big red lips, took him up on the offer.
Beauty and the Beast came in second with its Evita-inspired, long-run rant delivered by one of the musical's best pieces of cutlery, the Spoon, and Chicago came in third with their own Jeff Shade, who, stepping in as Roxie Hart due to the apathy of his company, performed high-flying baton tricks.