International smash hit musical comedy show Naked Boys Singing! has opened for an extended run at the new “Eagle Late” outdoors at The Garden Theatre in Vauxhall.
The hilarious musical revue features 15 original songs, a bevy of gorgeous and talented men, and all with no clothes!
Originating at the Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles, this campy musical comedy, originally conceived by Robert Shrock, opened Off-Broadway in 1999 and ran for over 12 years.
It was the first show to acknowledge candidly that it featured nudity for its own sake, without explanation, justification or apologies. The opening number is called “Gratuitous Nudity”. One theatre producer commented: “Some audiences were astonished to discover that, when the actors are relaxed, uninhibited and enjoying the situation, nudity is remarkably unshocking. ”
This new production, directed and choreographed by Carole Todd, was due to open at the King’s Head Theatre in March but its press night was cancelled when all theatres shutdown. The show stars Liam Asplen, Nick Brittain, Daniel Ghezzi, Kane Hoad, Daniel Noah and Jensen Tudtud.
Naked Boys Singing! is produced by Peter Bull (for LAMBCO Productions) who told Boyz: “Gay men will identify with songs like “Muscle Addiction”, “Fight the Urge” (about unwanted, badly timed erections!) and “I Beat My Meat” – which has an hilarious double entendre. There’s a wildly funny song called “The Bliss of a Bris”, sung by a Jewish boy. Nothing in this show is sacred!”
Richard Lambert from LAMBCO Productions told us more about the nudity theme: “In these days of powerful media and mass market advertising, it’s all too easy to feel guilty for not eating the right foods, not going to the gym, not having the right look, not having the right haircut or wearing the latest fashions.
“We often allow ourselves to feel inadequate, which can result in superficial façades such as clothing, allowing us to project a well-considered but false image to those around us. Many people could never consider allowing themselves to be seen naked.
“Once the clothes come off, we are exposed in ways that go way deeper than the skin’s surface. A group of naked people share both a vulnerability and a similarity in having imperfections, but they tend to be kinder to each other, less critical, and there can be a deeper connection. Being as nature intended, rather than hiding ourselves from view, is not a sexual overture. The world would be a much kinder place if society was more accepting of our bodies.”
Naked Boys Singing! launches the new “Eagle Late” season at The Garden Theatre, Eagle London, 349 Kennington Lane, Vauxhall, London SE11 5QY. Please refer to the website for performance times and dates. Tickets £18 plus booking fee from www.gardentheatre.co.uk. The performance is 60 minutes without an interval.
Social Distancing is in place with seat allocations by the theatre staff.
Drinks orders may be taken via the Eagle London app and a table service is in operation.
Temperature will be checked on arrival and contact details taken for Test and Trace.
All audience members must wear face masks or coverings during the performance.
Photos taken from the rehearsals for Naked Boys Singing!