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Naked Boys Singing! (2007)

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The cast of "Naked Boys Singing."

October 12, 2007

Swinging Singers

In ?Naked Boys Singing!? 10 grown men (including one natural redhead) go full monty while belting out show tunes and high-kicking like muscular Rockettes. The show?s injury log must make for very colorful reading. Save for an occasional arty flourish, the film simply restages the popular revue that since its 1998 Los Angeles premiere has taken bouncing genitalia to raunch-deprived audiences worldwide. Alternately campy and coy, smirky and serious, the 16 original songs (newly arranged by Troy Christian) celebrate the male anatomy ? and the gay lifestyle ? with playful wit and unabashed explicitness. Sound quality is excellent; whether extolling the delights of a bris or the anxiety of a high-school locker room, every penile synonym rings clear.

Quiet moments are few; the heartfelt emotion in ?Kris Look What You Missed? ? and in the lovely voice of Jaymes Hodges ? is a welcome oasis between bouts of antic phallocentrism. Yet ?Naked Boys Singing!,? with its complete lack of sleaze, is more likely to have you pondering the cast members? skin care routines than their vital statistics. And though stage shows are always best experienced in their natural habitat, few will benefit as much as this one from the eventual consolations of ?pause? and ?zoom.?

NAKED BOYS SINGING!

Directed by Troy Christian and Robert Schrock; music director, Stephen Bates; staged and choreographed by Mr. Christian; conceived by Mr. Schrock; music and lyrics by Shelley Markham, David Pevsner, Mark Savage, Rayme Sciaroni, Mark Winkler, Marie Cain, Binyumen (Ben) Schaechter, with additional lyrics by Bruce Vilanch; directors of photography, Jerry L. Evans and Mr. Christian; edited by Mr. Christian; production designer, Chris Anthony Miller; produced by Darryl Anderle and Ilo Orleans; released by TLA Releasing. At the Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street, Greenwich Village. Running time: 95 minutes. This film is not rated.

WITH: Andrew Blake Ames, Jason Currie, Jaymes Hodges, Joseph Keane, Anthony Manough, Ethan Le Phong, Joe Souza, Kevin Stea, Salvatore Vassallo and Vincent Zamora.

And.... from South Korea!

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Topless junior students sing a song to support and wish their seniors? success in the College Scholastic Ability Test at Chunchon High School Thursday in Gangwon Province. The state-run test was held nationwide. / Yonhap

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