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THEATER: Cheyenne Jackson’s First Porn Shoot, Zac Efron’s Broadway Debut, and More Hunkiness

Ain’t no secret that Broadway’s gay theatergoers love ogling naked man-flesh, especially from celebrities (looking at you, Daniel Radcliffe). This week we’ve got nearly nude Broadway hunks, gay musical romances, and an upcoming Broadway spectacular that may go down in flames.

CONSUMATE PERFORMERS

As if he wasn’t already the ultimate sex fantasy for theater queens, out thespian Cheyenne Jackson gives us kinky Roman roleplay in this press photo for The Performers, starting October 23 at Broadway’s Longeacre Theatre. Although we previously alerted readers about this new rom-com set in the porn industry, the visual has us standing at attention straighter than the sword gripped by Cheyenne’s manly hands.

We don’t need a plot, sets, other actors, or even a script: We’d pay $150 just to see Cheyenne stand on stage checking his Twitter. We already know he can carry a tunic. [Broadway.com]

HOME-COMING

Alison Bechdel’s award-winning graphic memoir, Fun Home, has been turned into a musical, slated to open October 17 at New York’s Public Theater.

The autobiographical story follows young Bechdel’s relationship with her closeted father, and her own journey to come out as a lesbian. The new musical is composed by Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie), with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron (Well). It promises to be considerably more intelligent than that current comics-based musical, Spider-Man—and less risky to the cast. [Playbill]

THE LADY VANISHES?

The upcoming Broadway musical Rebecca is shaping up to be the joke of the season: Rehearsals were to start this past Monday, September 10, but have been postponed for two weeks after a major investor dropped dead.

Maybe he got a premonition of the reviews?

The deceased was to toss in $4.5 million for the rock-pop musical, based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier. Negotiations between the producers and the investor’s estate, however, have not secured the cash.

This is the second time money issues have put the show on life support. In January, when the producers failed to raise the show’s $12 million in initial costs, the production was cancelled two weeks prior to the start of rehearsals. Even though the musical has been a hit throughout Europe, if the current money issues aren’t tied up shortly, the Broadway production could go down in flames quicker than the burning staircase that’s the show’s most dazzling set piece. [Variety]

WHEN CLASSIC MGM MUSICALS GO GAY

Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musicals get a gay twist when the 1975 off-Broadway musical Boy Meets Boy opens at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre. Largely forgotten now, it was a New York hit in the late ’70s, thanks mainly to its then-novel idea of an unabashed gay musical romance set against the ritzy backdrop of London’s pre-WWII upper crust. The tuneful score by Bill Solly is full of toe-tapping gems, giving a fabulously gay homage to escapist black-and-white musicals of the Great Depression. The show fantastically culminates in a gay wedding—a concept straight out of Looneyland during its original run—and you’ve gotta love a musical with the sassy lyrics “Boy meets boy, boy loses boy, but boy gets boy in the end.” [Playbill]


BROADWAY ROLES FOR ZAC EFRON

In his recent interview with The Advocate, hunky dreamboat Zac Efron said, “Without a doubt, I’d love to do Broadway. I actually can’t wait to get back to musical theater…. Until I master other things, it would be hard for me to get back to musical theater. But that will always be my home base and where I feel the most free, and it’s something I will definitely do again, even it it’s just for pleasure and personal fulfillment.”

We have a few suggested roles for Zac–race, creed or national origin notwithstanding:

  • Alan Strang in Equus
  • Darren Lemming in Take Me Out
  • Jerry Lukowski in The Full Monty
  • Song Liling in M. Butterfly
  • Any character in Hair or Oh, Calcutta!
  • A two-man staging of Naked Boys Singing with Taylor Lautner.

[Ed.'s note: We sensing a theme here.]

By:           Aaron Coleman
On:           Sep 14, 2012
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  • 1 Comment
    • hephaestion
      hephaestion

      I can’t wait to see Cheyenne Jackson’s new show!! I’ve seen two of his Broadway shows and both were extraordinary. He can put a smile on the face of ANYBODY.

      Sep 14, 2012 at 7:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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