All-gay ‘Naked Boys Singing’ cast hit­ting At­lanta in Jan­uary

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The last time “Naked Boys Singing” ran in the ATL, it was any­thing but smooth sail­ing. The pro­duc­tion was tem­po­rar­ily shut down by the At­lanta Po­lice De­part­ment. 12 years later, the tune-filled pro­duc­tion is back hop­ing to steer clear of trou­ble. Ge­or­gia Voice caught up with openly gay per­former An­thony Ma­sorotto and the man re­spon­si­ble for the new en­gage­ment, Tim Evan­icki, to dish about the mu­si­cal and its balls-out sen­si­bil­ity.

How did you get in­volved in the show, An­thony?

I saw an au­di­tion no­tice. I went into a gen­eral open call then we had some singing au­di­tions. Af­ter a call back and a round of cuts, we had to come in in groups of five for a com­pletely nude ver­sion of it. I got cast later that day. It was very ex­cit­ing.

Were you fa­mil­iar with the show?

I had heard about it. Liv­ing in New York, it was al­ways one of those shows I had al­ways wanted to see. I knew it was kitschy but I didn’t know the story or the songs. I knew it was go­ing to re­quire nu­dity, singing and danc­ing.

Do you have a fa­vorite num­ber?

We all have so­los and group num­bers. My solo is “Perky Porn Star.” I love do­ing it. It’s so out there, with its sub­ject mat­ter. It’s non-PC but funny and light. It’s also a dance num­ber, with very high en­ergy. I have a blast

It’s al­ways been on my bucket list to be in a show that in­volves nu­dity in some ca­pac­ity. There is some­thing so lib­er­at­ing and free­ing about be­ing naked in front of peo­ple with­out it be­ing sex­ual. I didn’t ex­pect my first nude ex­pe­ri­ence on stage to be a show where I am nude the ma­jor­ity of the show. I was a lit­tle ner­vous but ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity.

What is the show’s ap­peal?

Nat­u­rally mu­si­cal the­ater has such an ap­peal for the gay com­mu­nity. This show has vi­gnettes geared for a gay au­di­ence – one in a bath­house, one about an erec­tion in a locker room, sit­u­a­tions that gay men have been put into.

Is this cast mixed?

No. This cast is com­pletely gay.

Tim, how did you de­cide to bring this back?

I took over the Par­lia­ment House in Or­lando last year and it’s the first show I did. I wanted a show that would put butts in seat. In the process I met (cre­ator) Ronnie Larsen and we sat down and thought this show had legs. We re­al­ized that there hadn’t been productions in most cities in 10 years. We picked At­lanta be­cause we thought it was a great mar­ket. We didn’t know when we picked it, it had been shut down (be­fore) but the tone of the com­mu­nity has changed quite a bit. I wrote a show, “Bath­house: The Mu­si­cal,” that played At­lanta in 2007.

Is this a new ver­sion?

The show has not changed much, but we have tried to mod­ern­ize it with some of the ref­er­ences. There aren’t many cos­tumes to change up but we want to change the look. The hook is the nu­dity but most peo­ple af­ter the first num­ber don’t no­tice it any­more. The peo­ple we hire don’t just look good – they have to be good at singing and danc­ing.

‘Naked Boys Singing’ re­turns to At­lanta 12 years af­ter be­ing tem­po­rar­ily shut down by the At­lanta Po­lice De­part­ment. (Cour­tesy photo)

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