Naked Boys Singing Finally Getting Dressed And Going Home

After more than 12 years and 3,000 performances, the original New York production of Naked Boys Singing is finally throwing in the towel.

Er, we mean calling it a day.

The tres-gay show, which celebrates the male form in all its glory, is the second-longest musical in off-Broadway history after The Fantasticks and has spawned productions all over the world (including a few that were shut down) as well as a 2007 film version. It’ll continue its run at New World Stages until January 28.

With the coldsnap New York is facing now, though, don’t be surprised if there’s a little…shrinkage.


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  • Mike in Asheville

    Why the snarky “… finally getting dressed and going home?”

    NBS has been a huge success, a very gay success, and a very happy success. Additionally, various traveling NBS troupes have helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for local gay/lesbian and hiv/aids causes.

    Congratulate them, don’t deride them. For fuck’s sake, they are on our side, you know.

  • ginini

    ughhh, who even goes to the “theatre”?? well except maybe the gays.

  • j

    @ginini: I know, right! We should totes all just stay at home and watch the real house wives and jersey shore all day. Oh, wait…

  • QJ201

    where oh where will bachelorette parties go?

    I saw the film version…forced myself to sit through it. Score was less than memorable and the “acting” was on par with most LA Gay porn.

  • Steve

    I am sure the lesson of NBS will be learned by many other writers and producers, who will henceforth find (perhaps, gratuitous) reasons to have naked characters in their future plays.

  • Spike

    @Steve: U apparently don’t know the beginnings of NBS. It started at the LA/Weho adjacent Celebration Theatre on Santa Monica at LaBrea. Celebration struggle to produce LGBT theatre however in the process the creative director realized that regardless of the storyline, if naked characters were part of the show, the show sold more tickets in comparison to say, yet another angry AIDS related play or lesbian themed production. Thus NBS was born.

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