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darquegk
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Posted: 9/8/10 at 07:44pm
Now, I understand that the target audience for Naked Boys Singing sure ain't women. That's to be expected. Off-Broadway knows its demographic, and theater is (in a literal statistical sense, not a pejorative one) kind of gay.

Which brings to mind my question- would Naked Girls Singing work? The idea of a light, frothy and busty show for the "tired businessman" seems to have disappeared with the rise of the musical as a legitimate art form.

Could a show combining the cheesecake factor with live entertainment still work, targeted at the fringe demographic of straight men going stag? Would someone protest the show, while saying that it's more acceptable with men? This is kind of an interesting business and sociology question of what does and doesn't work in theater today.
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TheatreDiva90016
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Posted: 9/8/10 at 09:14pm
No.

And you should really look into their box office, because they do attract LOADS of women to the show.
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TheatreFan4
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Posted: 9/8/10 at 09:28pm
Doesn't Naked Guys only do one show a week?
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jpbran
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Posted: 9/8/10 at 09:36pm
Yep-- at least with the Chicago production, it was a lot of groups of women at this piece-o-crap. (well, groups of women plus what seemed to be an icky skin-rash on half the cast)
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darquegk
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Posted: 9/8/10 at 09:37pm
I know they do attract plenty of women, but when cataloging the book or cast recording, the first generated "tag" that comes up is Theater- Gay Themes.
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newintown
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Posted: 9/9/10 at 12:44pm
Ridiculous idea. The objectification of the naked man is perfectly acceptable, but displaying naked women onstage is still seen by many as victimizing the woman and removing her power. Naked men, due to our culture's worship of the penis, actually GAIN power when objectified.

And what are they going to do - lift their legs and display their vaginas in song? This kind of show would be nothing more than a cheap strip show; there's no way to give it any theatrical dignity (not that NBS has any dignity at all).
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Posted: 9/9/10 at 01:02pm
It's a total double standard. When will People Magazine do a "Sexiest Woman Alive" issue?

Objectifying men is culturally acceptable in the U.S.A. Doing the same with women is considered sleazy.
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Mister Matt
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Posted: 9/9/10 at 04:45pm
Yep-- at least with the Chicago production, it was a lot of groups of women at this piece-o-crap. (well, groups of women plus what seemed to be an icky skin-rash on half the cast)

You must have seen it when I wasn't in the cast. There were no skin rashes and the audiences were generally 25-30% women. And sold out almost every night. There were 1-2 bridesmaid parties/ladies-night groups of 6-10 per week (who could get rowdy from time to time), but most of the women that came to see the show were in pairs or attended with their gay male friends. I did about a year with the show after a year or so into the run and we had 4-5 performances a week.
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TheatreFan4
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Posted: 9/9/10 at 05:10pm
When will People Magazine do a "Sexiest Woman Alive" issue?


I think they have it covered.
"Hi there, we represent The Broadway Better Business Players for a Better Tomorrow. We're trying to start a petition to get second rate shows taken off the marquee and with your help we can stop Mamma Mia from ever playing again." -Brad Jones in Suburban Knights

"Is it true you have Ralph Jr at the bottom of your purse in a jar of formaldehyde?" - Felicia
"No, but I wish I did so I could shove it down your throat!" - Bernadette

"This play is sh*t! This play is sh*t! F*CK YOU TERRENCE MCNALLY!!"- Patti LuPone as an angry theatre goer at 'Master Class'

"Being normal is VASTLY overrated..."
- Aggie Cromwell
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darquegk
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Posted: 9/9/10 at 05:12pm
The difference is that that's a men's lad mag. Getting named hot in a strokey-book doesn't have the same standard of societal respectability as being named in one of the top magazines on the market, which is (ostensibly) for all people and not just young, horny men.

I know what you mean about the double standard. I think the difference is many MEN don't mind being objectified.
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Posted: 9/10/10 at 11:07am
The NY production of NAKED BOYS SINGING! attracts a vast number of bachlorette parties. It's also a sort of "girls-night-out" show.
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newintown
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Posted: 9/10/10 at 12:25pm
I've seen it twice with bachlorette parties in the house (both times it was embarrassingly empty - perhaps 20% of seats occupied).

The first time, the gals were clearly very drunk and hooted for every shot of penis revealed, until they got tired halfway through and fell into a stupor.

The second time, the more sober gals realized very early on that this show was NOT written for a heterosexual female audience, and remained silent all night, sheepishly slinking out at show's end.
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jpbran
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Posted: 9/10/10 at 12:26pm
MisterMatt: Our audience the night I went was easily 40% tipsy women (not in the company of their gay friends). And my partner's friend who came along had seen it before and said the audience before had been almost identical. Maybe it was sheer chance though.

And I will say that several members of the cast deserved better than this childish, pandering show.
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Posted: 9/10/10 at 01:59pm
I've seen the show several times (I was friends with former cast members) and I can't ever say it was great theatre, but I've enjoyed it very much. Maybe I just like to sit back and enjoy the Whitman's Sampler of endowments on the stage.
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Daniel2
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Posted: 9/10/10 at 04:30pm
I can't see it working. There are already strip clubs and titty bars where you don't have to deal with songs--and I don't think straight men in general are all that big on showtunes.
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PalJoey
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Posted: 9/10/10 at 04:47pm
Straight men don't want to see naked girls sing.

They want to see naked girls having girl-on-girl sex with other naked girls.

But not singing.
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mallardo
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Posted: 9/11/10 at 03:56am
I don't know, I'm straight and I would love to see naked girls singing show tunes.
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PalJoey
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Posted: 9/11/10 at 08:36am
Yes, but you're a straight man who posts on BroadwayWorld.

You're different.
yr pal,
joey




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Daniel2
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Posted: 9/12/10 at 04:15pm
Mallardo, be honest, how many of your straight friends would want to go see that? I think more gay men would go than straight men.
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darquegk
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Posted: 9/12/10 at 06:49pm
There's a theorem entitled Rule 34 which states that anything you can think of has a large sexual fan base. Anything at all. And the more blatantly sexual the thing, the larger the group of fetishists will be.
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mallardo
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Posted: 9/13/10 at 04:18am
PalJoey and Daniel2, you're both probably right but never underestimate the appeal of a naked woman.
Faced with these Loreleis, what man can moralize!
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auggie
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Posted: 9/13/10 at 10:50am
Straight male here that likes theater that can lend some insight to the subject.

There already is a kind of a naked girls singing, its called modern Burlesque. The girls don't technically sing when they are doing the strip act but in a burlesque show they are doing it in a much more theatrical way with some really fun themes and acts as opposed to skanky way the strip occurs in a modern strip bar. Also I dig the various fantasies that many of the burlesque girls play out vs the trailer trash vibe of the girls at the "Platinum" club. Yes that don't get full on nude but some times what is left to the mind is sexier that seeing it staring you in the face.

http://www.thenewyorkburlesquefestival.com/