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Finding aid to the Naked Boys Singing records, 1989-2007 Coll2013.098
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Administrative History
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement
  • Separated Materials
  • Related Archival Materials

  • Title: Naked Boys Singing records
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2013.098
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 5.5 linear feet. 2 archive boxes + 3 flat archive boxes.
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1998-2004
    Date (inclusive): 1989-2007
    Abstract: Correspondence, scripts, sheet music, contracts, production notes, photographs, clippings, publicity material, theater administration files, DVDs, audiocassettes, posters, promotional objects and other material from Naked Boys Singing!, bulk 1998-2004, an off-Broadway musical revue of gay experiences told through song and dance, co-created by Robert Schrock. The collection includes recording demos from the show's composers, as well as administrative files and promotional material from its national and international productions, including shows in Norway, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Japan, Italy and Australia.
    creator: Schrock, Robert, 1945-

    Administrative History

    Naked Boys Singing! is a musical revue conceived and directed by Robert Schrock. It opened at The Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles in 1998. As its title suggests, the revue is performed by a cast of nude men singing about their experiences as gay men. The music and lyrics were written by Schrock, Bruce Vilanch, Stephen Bates, Marie Cain, Shelly Markham, Jim Morgan, David Pevsner, Ben Schaechter, Rayme Sciaroni, Trance Thompson, and Mark Winkler. It was originally conceived by Schrock as a way to increase waning ticket sales at the gay and lesbian playhouse, Celebration Theatre, where Schrock served as Artistic Director. Naked Boys Singing! became a success traveling around the country and running in an off-Broadway theater for eight years; and a movie version was released in 2007. The show has also played in eight countries.
    Naked Boys Singing! caused an uproar during the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York when its producers offered discounts to the Republicans attending the convention. The Republicans demanded that the show be removed from New York City's official tourism website, but no action was taken. In December 2004, a production in Atlanta was halted after the police cited the production for permitting adult entertainment without a license. Atlanta's Mayor Shirley Franklin quickly asked that the charges be dropped as they were based on a misreading of the city code. In 2003 the show was forced to close and change venues in San Juan, Puerto Rico when the government's Department of Culture expressed concern for the "good name and prestige" of the theater. And in 2001 a Provincetown law stating that there cannot be any nudity within a certain number of miles from a church caused production to be halted until a legal battle resulted in the law being changed.
    Sources:
    Box 1, Folder 1, Naked Boys Singing records, Coll2013-098, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.
    Box 1, Folder 2, Naked Boys Singing records, Coll2013-098, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.
    Box 1, Folder 3, Naked Boys Singing records, Coll2013-098, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.
    "Naked Boys Singing Is On Stage Once More," Out.com, http://www.out.com/entertainment/popnography/2012/03/22/naked-boys-singing-stage-once-more (accessed October 18, 2013).

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Acquisition

    Received by ONE board member Bill Kaiser. Donor and exact date of acquisition unknown.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] Naked Boys Singing records, Coll2013-098, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama with assistance from Sarah Wilson, October 2013.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection includes correspondence, scripts, sheet music, contracts, production notes, photographs, clippings, publicity material, theater administration files, DVDs, audiocassettes, posters, promotional objects and other material from Naked Boys Singing!, bulk 1998-2004, an off-Broadway musical revue co-created by Robert Schrock. The administration files include scripts, sheet music and creative notes; programs and publicity material for the show and related events; clippings and theatre reviews; and other administrative records from Naked Boys Singing! shows performed throughout the United States, and international shows in Norway, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Japan, Italy, South Africa and Australia. The DVDs and audiocassettes include video recordings of performances as well as recording demos from the show's composers. The collection also includes promotional posters and objects such as a bathrobe, hats, a duffle bag, buttons, magnets and T-shirts.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in the following series:
    Series 1. Administration files
    Series 2. DVDs and audiocassettes
    Series 3. Posters and promotional items

    Separated Materials

    The following posters from Robert Schrock have been separated from the collection and placed with the ONE Archives poster collection:
    Back Home, undated.
    The Ballad of Little Mikey, 1994.
    Clean, 1998.
    Club Hell, 1995.
    Cyberqueer, 1996 and 1998.
    End of the World Party, circa 1995.
    The Gay 90's Musical, circa 1995.
    The He-Man Woman Hater's Club, undated.
    Hollywood Honeymoon, circa 1994.
    I Got Plans for the Rest of My Life, 1991.
    Men on the Verge of His-Panic Breakdown, circa 1994.
    Morticians in Love, 1997.
    The Passion of Carmen!, 1997.
    Supernormal Clutches, circa 1994.
    Too Old for the Chorus, circa 1998.
    White Boy, circa 1998.
    The following T-shirts have been separated from the collection and placed with the ONE Archives garment collection:
    Morticians in Love, 1997.
    The Passion of Carmen!, 1997.
    Too Old for the Chorus, circa 1998.
    One videocassette (VHS), Supernormal Clutches, 1996, has been separated from the collection and cataloged into the ONE Archives audiovisual database.

    Related Archival Materials

    Celebration Theatre Collection, Coll2007-017, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Celebration Theatre (Los Angeles, CA.).
    Audiocassettes
    Gay composers
    Gay theater
    Homosexuality in the theater
    Musical theater
    Musicals
    Playbills
    Theatrical posters