CAMP MORNING WOOD Enters Final Week of Performances
There's just one more week to pitch your tent at the fresh, new(d) off-Broadway musical on 42nd Street. Camp Morning Wood, A Very Naked Musical concludes its limited engagement July 7 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 416 W 42nd Street, 4th floor.
Camp Morning Wood is The Rocky Horror Show meets Naked Boys Singing! A newly engaged gay couple decides to unplug from their phones and head out of the city to get away from the rat race and reconnect with each other. But fate has other ideas when their car breaks down outside the gay nudist getaway "Camp Morning Wood." The ill prepared couple meets the wide array of nude campers who bring plenty of laughs, temptations, elaborate dance numbers and torch songs until an ultra-conservative super handsome senator threatens to end the fun. Who knows what will happen, but it's sure to be hilarious, heart-warming and super-duper naked.
Conceived and directed by Marc Eardley (Fat Kid Rules the World, 50 Shades), Camp Morning Wood, A Very Naked Musical features book and lyrics by Jay Falzone (Fat Kid Rules the World, Cooking with The Calamari Sisters)and music by Derrick Byars, Bobby Cronin, James Dobinson, Matt Gumley and Will Shishmanian.
Presented by JT-Party Productions, Go Naked, Soirée Fair, Nathaniel Hill, and Traguna Productions, Camp Morning Wood features Anthony Logan Cole, Courtney Dease, Najee Gabay-Knight, Alex Gagné, Tim Garnham, Ethan Gwynn, Bryan Songy, Sean Stephens, Brady Vigness, and Michael Witkes. Nick Cartusciello and Jeffrey Johns are the company swings.
Camp Morning Wood features choreography by Jay Falzone and Ian Coulter-Buford and Jay Falzone; musical direction by Casey Reed; musical supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by James Dobinson; scenic design by David McQuillen Robertson; costume design (yes, there ARE a few costumes) by Izzy Fields; lighting design by Zach Pizza; and sound design by Kimberly S. O'Loughlin. Dustin West is the associate director and production supervisor, and Hazel Jade is the literary consultant.
"We like to think of Camp Morning Wood as Rocky Horror meets Naked Boys Singing!," says Jay Falzone. "We wanted to write a show for today but one that calls back to a different era of fun, campy, crowd-pleasing off-Broadway musicals. And there's a lot of naked TV in Europe ...naked dating shows, etc... and they're successful and normalize sexuality and vulnerability in a very fun way. Why not bring more of that here?"
"We created this show to celebrate a message of unconditional love and to remind us all that when we put down our phones and defy digital app culture," says Will Shishmanian. "We're re-connecting to each other in very human, analog ways. And it can be very powerful and vulnerable to connect with each other without the barrier of clothing!"
"It's a cornerstone of the Queer community to be open, accepting and free," says Marc Eardley. "So on this 50th anniversary of Stonewall and the year that World Pride comes to New York, we wanted to create an inclusive, diverse show that can become a part of that celebration. And in the spirit of the moment, we couldn't be happier than to be one of the first off-Broadway musicals to feature songs by a transgender singer/songwriter."
Visit www.CampMorningWoodTheMusical.com for more information.
Photo Credit: Michael Wiltbank