re: Nudity on stage

musicalkid
Leading Actor
joined:1/24/06
Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/14/07 at 08:52pm
hi all,
i'm considering a certain source material for a new musical i'm intending to write. (it will remain undisclosed as of yet)

The material requires quite a lot of nudity onsatge, no profanity or dirty stuff, just plain nude. overall, it is a very family-friendly story (if it were'nt for the nudity).

to your understanding, how often do things like that happen? how are they accepted. has there recently been a musical that required nudity? what are it's chances of being produces professionaly?
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Yankeefan007
Broadway Legend
joined:3/20/04
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/14/07 at 08:56pm
Broadway is no stranger to nudity - recent examples include Take Me Out (full frontal male), The Graduate (full frontal female), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (full frontal male and female), and I believe Marissa Tomei was known to drop her top on occasion during the Dance of the 7 Veils in the last Salome revival.

It's much rarer in musicals. Jane Krakowski and Anita Morris pretty risque stuff in both productions of Nine, Kelli O'Hara did full frontal and Melissa Errico dropped her top in Dracula, and I believe there was (some) nudity in one of the "Wild Party" shows.
Mattbrain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/23/05
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/14/07 at 09:18pm
There is also some nudity in Spring Awakening.
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VonTussleGirl
Broadway Legend
joined:1/2/05
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/14/07 at 09:22pm
No kidding?!
That's the sorrowful precis. It's very messy.
handsome25
Swing
joined:3/7/07
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/14/07 at 09:23pm
The question shouldn't be about the nudity. It should be about the source material. If it's worth it, the nudity will not matter.
jv92
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/05
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/14/07 at 09:23pm
And Hair. Don't forget the granddaddy of all musical theatre peep shows!
Honestly, if it's for storytelling purposes, go ahead. As long as it isn't outlandish. Best of luck to you.
ABSteel
Broadway Legend
joined:3/12/07
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/14/07 at 09:26pm
Uh, we're also forgetting OH, CALCUTTA!

Duh.

I wish he'd tell us what the source material is.
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ggersten
Broadway Legend
joined:5/11/06
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/14/07 at 10:15pm
Not a musical, but Love! Valour! Compassion! was referred to as the penis play, because, well, there was a lot of male nudity - at least in the Berkeley Rep production.

steel84
Chorus Member
joined:3/28/06
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/14/07 at 10:26pm
The Little Dog that Laughed had some
BDavis0092
Broadway Star
joined:7/24/06
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/14/07 at 10:40pm
If it is truely neccesary for the show and the plot then it will be accepted. If the audience feels as if it was just thrown in for nudity then it wont be taken well. It all depends on the show around it.
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BSoBW2
Broadway Legend
joined:12/8/04
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/14/07 at 10:50pm
Equus, the Musical? Can Harry Potter sing?
theaterdude87
Broadway Legend
joined:6/4/06
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/14/07 at 10:51pm
or Equs the play. because Harry Poter aka Daniel Radcliffe (he is a real person) can act.
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CurtainPullDowner
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/04
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/14/07 at 11:26pm
The more the better.

PASSION had some.
CATSNYrevival
Broadway Legend
joined:3/1/04
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/15/07 at 12:27am
There was even, apparently, nudity in the last Damn Yankees revival! ...wish I could have seen it.
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Jon
Broadway Legend
joined:2/20/04
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/15/07 at 07:07am
The Damn Yankees revival had a brief shot of Greg Jbara's bare butt.

I can't believe no one has mentioned THE FULL MONTY.

Two mega-flops, DRACULA and THOU SHALT NOT, had female nudity.
tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/15/07 at 09:59am
It seems in general nudity is accepted in theatre. I don't know what your source material is, but if it is as you said aimed at a family audience, I would obvioulsy reconsider.
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Broadway Legend
joined:12/31/69
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/15/07 at 08:17pm
"The Damn Yankees revival had a brief shot of Greg Jbara's bare butt. "

As did Passion of course depending on where youw ere sitting and what night you went (as well as Marin's breasts--they filmed two openings for the video one which ahd a bit of nudity--too bad it wasn't an extra on the DVD :P)

And of course Sprign Awakening which I'm shocked wasn't mentioned but maybe everyone's sick of discussing th enudity in it by now
Yankeefan007
Broadway Legend
joined:3/20/04
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/15/07 at 08:18pm
And Jennifer Ehle's full frontal and rear nudity in Coast of Utopia Part II.
dfwtheatreguy
Broadway Star
joined:8/8/06
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/15/07 at 09:07pm
and dont forget Bernadette Peters' full frontal nude version of "Rose's Turn" in the recent GYPSY revival.
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WickedOne2
Broadway Star
joined:3/4/05
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/16/07 at 01:04pm
The nudity in Spring Awakening is minor: part of Lea's breast as she is lying down and most of Jon Groff's butt in the sex scene

We also see Maureen's butt in La Vie Boheme in Rent.
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mallardo
Broadway Legend
joined:5/28/04
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/16/07 at 01:22pm
Kelli O'Hara's nudity in Dracula was NOT "full frontal". Her back was to the audience.
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ken8631
Broadway Legend
joined:4/13/04
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/16/07 at 01:41pm
Kelli's back wasn't to the audience during the two times I saw Dracula.....
Fosse76
Broadway Legend
joined:3/21/05
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/16/07 at 02:01pm
"Kelli's back wasn't to the audience during the two times I saw Dracula..."

I distinctly recall full frontal nudity in Dracula. I remember thinking how unecessary it was.
HughE2030
Featured Actor
joined:3/3/06
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/16/07 at 02:31pm
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Yankeefan007
Broadway Legend
joined:3/20/04
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/16/07 at 02:36pm
Hugh - I believe you're thinking of The Graduate, but I could be wrong.

And yes, Kelli did indeed do full frontal. That view from the front row....you could tell she wasn't very comfortable.

At least she had some success that season....with Piazza.
TheActr97J
Broadway Legend
joined:2/9/05
re: Nudity on stage
Posted: 4/16/07 at 02:55pm

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