Nudity on Stage

CATSNYrevival
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 04:31pm
^Oh. I didn't know that. Thanks!
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PalJoey
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 04:43pm
Marin Mazzie in the original Passion.



How many performers have been naked while singing Sondheim? That's a distinction.
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EricMontreal22
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 04:45pm
"^Wasn't it the same actor who played it in the film version? I don't remember him being that big. Has the definition of "long" changed since the mid 90s? "

I'm sure the piece is exagerating--Talk of the Town are just little gossipy bits. But, also, nudity on stage and on film gets pretty different reactions (and if we're talking size can even look slightly different). Also, from a regional production I saw, the nudity in the play does last a lot longer--or at least seemed to, to me.

Re Mazzie (and really, I think Jere could have had a bum shot as well :P), they claimed at the time two openings to the filmed version would be filmed (so that it would still get played on PBS, or wherever--this was after the Tales of the City controversy)--but it seemed in the end, only the more modest opening was.
Someone in a Tree2
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 04:47pm
Nice to see mention of The Boys of Winter here (even if it's for totally prurient reasons).

Worked on that production with an amazing cast (Matt Dillon, D W Moffat, Ving Rames, Wesley Snipes) that I got to coach on how to climb around the walkways and ladders of David Mitchell's Tony-nominated set. Getting to watch Herb Ross at work with those guys was a treat, even if in the service of a crappy script.

More prurience-- 20-year-old Jude Law's cute arse and willy on display in Indiscretions.
EricMontreal22
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 05:04pm
Is this Boys of Winter the play about the Vietnam war? I saw an awful student production of it, if it is, years back (awful due to the play seeming to be something of an unclear mess, and lousy performances), but unfortunately, I'm pretty sure there was no nudity.

I did see an amazing production by a Russian troop of a play they did (with subtitles projected) of The Master and Margarita that toured Canada when I was 14. I went with my then-girlfriend (yes, I know), and her parents, and it was in a small black box theatre, with us right in the front, level with the audience. The male and female leads midway through got completely naked (I don't remember the context, but despite full nudity it didn't seem gratuitous to the play) and had about a five minute scene, about a foot away from us, in that state--which was my first encounter with on stage nudity (I don't remember them even placing a warning--not that I minded), so it's always stuck out for me.
ghostlight2
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 05:09pm
Yes, Boys of Winter was about the Vietnam war. There was a scene where Andrew McCarthy"s character stripped nude to shower, having hung a bag of water in a tree for that purpose. At one point during the shower, the water turned to blood.
CATSNYrevival
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 05:24pm
^Jere Shea should have gotten naked in Passion. If Clara is naked Giorgio should be too. Who's up for a revival?
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bobs3
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 05:33pm
There was play that starred Mary Tyler Moore and Lynn Redgrave. They played artists and each had to paint a different young man who appeared in the nude. I don't remember the names of the actors.

Jeanne Tripplehorn (Big Love) did a play at The Public where the actor playing her boyfriend covered her nude body in Vasoline in the first act. During the second act she sat in a bathtub while he bathed her. I think the play was written by John Patrick Shanley.

Updated On: 10/25/12 at 05:33 PM
ZoeTheGoat
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 05:33pm
Dracula (2004 I believe) had female full frontal and of course Harry Potter got naked for a good amount in Equus.

If anyone saw that circus show Empire. There was a penis.
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EricMontreal22
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 05:36pm
"Don't know if it was true or not, but I remember hearing that Vanessa Redgrave didn't always get naked in "Orpheus Descending"; that it depended on whether or not she "got there" each night."

Interesting--in the well done, filmed for cable restaging of that production, I'm pretty sure there's no nudity--despite being cable--but it's been a while since I've hauled out the VHS (get it on DVD, damnit!).
GavestonPS
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 05:39pm
LET MY PEOPLE COME was broadcast on cable TV, back before cable was in every home. It featured a young John Wesley Shipp before he was a soap star or The Flash on TV.

I assume it was HBO, because pay channels were few back then (at least in my house), but I'm not really sure.

Somebody somewhere has a copy of that tape...
ghostlight2
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 05:42pm
"Dracula (2004 I believe) had female full frontal"

What? No. Aren't you reading your own thread? There have been two posts on Dracula, the last one mine, from the last page:

"Kelli was walking upstage when her nightgown "disappeared" in a pretty amazing effect. The lighting was dim, and Dracula covered her quickly with his cape. Her back was to the audience throughout. Anyone seeing her breasts had to have been on the extreme sides of the stage. As nudity goes, it was fairly tasteful, if arguably gratuitous. She was, btw, wearing a g-string.

Ms Errico had a scene in which she unlaced her shirt to give Dracula access to her throat while under his thrall. On occasion, at her whim, she pulled the shirt down far enough to expose a nipple. She was never bare breasted. "


Alan Cumming in Cabaret showed his tucchus.
The Distinctive Baritone
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 05:42pm
Yes, the Wildhorn Dracula had a full frontal from Kelli O'Hara and a bare-breasted Melissa Errico. They may have changed it by opening, but I saw it in previews and they were both facing the audience and fully exposed. It was awkward. O'Hara later expressed deep regret about agreeing to it in an interview.
CATSNYrevival
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 05:45pm
^Kelli wasn't even really naked. She was wearing a body stocking if I remember correctly.
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EricMontreal22
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 05:47pm
Shipp's very friendly on his facebook page, I should ask if he has a copy. :P I didn't know it was televised--I've seen the odd "cinecast" (before they had cinecasts) of Oh Caligula, however.
The Josh
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 05:48pm
The nudity in Seminar struck me as odd.
GavestonPS
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 05:53pm
What's a "cinecast"?

What is "OH CALIGULA"?
ghostlight2
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 05:55pm
"Yes, the Wildhorn Dracula had a full frontal from Kelli O'Hara and a bare-breasted Melissa Errico. They may have changed it by opening, but I saw it in previews and they were both facing the audience and fully exposed. It was awkward. O'Hara later expressed deep regret about agreeing to it in an interview."

Your memory is playing you false. It is true that O'Hara was always uncomfortable with the nudity, but she always had her back turned to the audience. She was facing upstage because that's where Dracula was, outside the window. There was no reason why she would ever have been facing downstage, since her focus was on him. There was a lightning flash, and in that moment O'Hara's nightgown vanished, and Dracula was suddenly in the room with her.

She did have a sense of humor about it, though. She threw a party during the run, sending out lovely invitations. On it, in small print at the bottom, were the following words: "clothing optional".





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CATSNYrevival
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 05:56pm
^I'd watch a show called "Oh, Caligula." Is there nudity in it?

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Updated On: 10/25/12 at 05:56 PM
GavestonPS
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 06:11pm
Apparently, there's no comma, CATS. "Oh" is Caligula's first name.
CATSNYrevival
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 06:15pm
Oh, I just assumed.
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CATSNYrevival
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 06:22pm
***Also, apparently, the itunes download of Let My People Come IS the crappy LP transfer with all the skips and clicks. Why would they release that? Lame.
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EricMontreal22
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 08:02pm
LOL that's what I get for writing quick replies between classes. Oh! Calcutta! of course. Cinecast is like the recent theatre showings they've done for various theatre/opera/ballet productions only on certain dates, usually with no home release planned, and often live, depending on area.

I got it a bit wrong though, at least according to Wiki. It was broadcast as a special pay-per-view event (surely one of the first) over closed circuit tvs in certain cities in 1971, and later shown as a special event in other movie theatres in 1972.

CATS, maybe they lost the original masters for the cast album? That said, I have a few recordings that were mastered from LP copies and they usually can make them in fairly decent quality with a little tinkering.
CATSNYrevival
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 08:06pm
^The itunes one sounds like there was no tinkering at all.
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GavestonPS
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 08:43pm
Well, here's a shocker: I was confused. The nude review shown on cable TV was Tom Eyen's THE DIRTIEST SHOW IN TOWN and, per Wiki, it was the first made-for-cable movie and was shown on Showtime in 1980.

It did indeed feature a young John Wesley Shipp, so it appears I have a better memory for naked boys than for titles of musical revues.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dirtiest_Show_in_Town

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Eric, I thought LET MY PEOPLE COME premiered in 1974. That's the year on the program and OC recording. Are you saying it was done on TV several years before that?
CATSNYrevival
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Posted: 10/25/12 at 08:55pm
^The wikipedia page doesn't say anything about Let My People Come being filmed or broadcast, but it also says the show opened on Broadway and according to ibdb it only previewed on Broadway and never officially opened.
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