Finding aid to the Naked Boys Singing records, 1989-2007 Coll2013.098

Finding aid prepared by Loni Shibuyama and Sarah Wilson
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
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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

 

Administration files Series 1. 1993-2007

Series Description

This series includes scripts, sheet music and creative notes; correspondence and contracts; photographs; 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 US, including its world premiere at Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles in 1998, and international shows in Norway, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Japan, Italy, Australia and South Africa. This series also includes correspondence and a contract agreement between Robert Schrock and producers of Too Old for the Chorus, another musical in which Schrock was involved.

Arrangement

General administrative files are at the beginning of this series, followed by production files for the national and international theaters in which Naked Boys Singing! was produced. The files are arranged alphabetically.
Box 4, Item 1

Back Stage West, Garland Award for Musical Score, Robert Shrock Naked Boys Singing 1998

Box 1, Folder 1-3

Clippings 1999-2003

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence, email 1995-2007

Box 1, Folder 5

LA Weekly Musical of the Year plaque 1998

Box 1, Folder 6

Movie version 2000-2002

Box 1, Folder 7

Notes 1998

Box 1, Folder 8-9

"A Private Spirit" event 2000-2002

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 1, Folder 10

Producer updates 2000-2001

Box 1, Folder 11-12

Production notebook 1997-1998

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 1, Folder 13

Program, autographed 2001

Box 1, Folder 14

Programs circa 1998-2004

Box 1, Folder 15

Promotional elements and photographs 1998-1999

Box 1, Folder 16

Press, flyers circa 1998-2004

Box 1, Folder 17

Rejected test 1998

Box 1, Folder 18

Reviews and articles 1998-1999

Box 1, Folder 19

Sankara, Gavin Dillard 1999-2000

Box 1, Folder 20

Schrok, Robert, other productions circa 1998-2004

Box 1, Folder 21

Script, "Flesh" 2000

Box 1, Folder 22

Songs, first draft 1997-1998

Box 1, Folder 23

Songs, "In the Flesh" 1999-2000

Box 1, Folder 24

Too Old for the Chorus correspondence and agreement 2000-2001

 

Theater productions

Box 1, Folder 25-27

Amsterdam 2004-2005

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 1, Folder 28

Atlanta 2004-2005

Box 1, Folder 29-30

Brazil 2003

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 1, Folder 31

Chicago 2000-2003

Box 1, Folder 34

Florida agreement and royalties 1999

Box 1, Folder 32

Florida license agreement 1999

Box 1, Folder 33

Florida press 1999

Box 1, Folder 35

Florida reviews 1999

Box 1, Folder 36

Houston correspondence and reviews 2000

Box 1, Folder 37

Houston revival 2002

Box 2, Folder 1

Indianapolis 2004

Box 2, Folder 2

Japan 2000

Box 2, Folder 3-4

London 2000-2002

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 2, Folder 5

Los Angeles budget 1998

Box 2, Folder 6

Los Angeles cast and crew 1997-1999

Box 2, Folder 7

Los Angeles show Bible 1998

Box 2, Folder 8

Mexico City 2004

Box 2, Folder 9

Middlesex County College 1999

Box 2, Folder 10

Minneapolis 2003

Box 2, Folder 11

New York opening night 1999

Box 2, Folder 12

New York review 1999-2002

Box 2, Folder 13

New York - Vancouver- Puerto Rico 2003

Box 2, Folder 14, 17

Norway, correspondence 2001-2002

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 2, Folder 15

Norway, Norsk text circa 1998-2004

Box 2, Folder 18

Norway programs circa 1998-2004

Box 2, Folder 16

Norway sheet music 1993-1998

Box 2, Folder 19

Portland, Oregon 2001

Box 2, Folder 20-22

Provincetown 2000-2004

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 2, Folder 23

Puerto Rico 2003

Box 2, Folder 24-25

Rome 2000-2001

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 2, Folder 26

St. Louis 2000

Box 2, Folder 27-28

San Diego 2003

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 2, Folder 30

San Francisco correspondence 2000-2001

Box 2, Folder 29

San Francisco press 2000

Box 2, Folder 31

South Africa 2000-2001

Box 2, Folder 32

South Africa press and publicity 2001

Box 2, Folder 33-34

Sydney 1999-2001

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 2, Folder 35

Toronto correspondence 2002

Box 2, Folder 36

Vancouver 2003

Box 2, Folder 39

Washington, D.C. contracts and agreements 2002

Box 2, Folder 37

Washington, D.C. production 2002-2003

Box 2, Folder 38

Washington, D.C. tourist information 2002-2003

Box 2, Folder 40

Washington, D.C. travel details and receipts 2002

 

DVDs and audiocassettes Series 2. circa 1989-2003

Series Description

This series includes DVDs with video recordings of performances in the United States and Norway; and audiocassettes that include demos from the show's composers, different versions of songs from Naked Boys Singing!, and audition tapes.

Arrangement

The Naked Boys Singing DVDs are at the beginning of this series followed by audiocassettes. Items are arranged alphabetically.
Box VDD, Item VDD0546

Naked Boys Singing 2003

General Physical Description note: 1 DVD and 1 DVD copy.
Box VDD, Item VDD0547

Naked Boys Singing Norway circa 2000-2004

General Physical Description note: 1 DVD.
Box AC, Item AC2132

Answering machine circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2161

Bloom, Charles, demo circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2154

Boddicker, Michael, sample tape circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2143

Complete demo circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2162

Dennis record circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2123

Dillard, Gavin, "Christmas (This Song of Love)"; music by David Francis, lyric by Gavin Dillard 1989

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2124

Dillard, Gavin, "Don'tcha Messup My Hair"; Dillard and Stober 1992

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2129

"The Enchanted Cottage" 1998

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2133

"The End of the Line" rough rehearsal circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2142

"The Entertainer" circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2125

Everest, John, songs circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2134

"Fight the Urge" circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2150

"Fight the Urge" circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2141

"Fight the Urge" counterpoint section circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2151

"Fight the Urge" new circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2159

"Fight the Urge" Pevsner and Sciaroni 1997

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2153

Getz, Mara, "Love Isn't Like the Movies" 1996

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2128

"Gratuitous Nudity" and "Finale" circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2136

"In the Flesh" 1999

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2156

"In the Flesh" 1999

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2157

Jablonski, Peter, and Barker review songs circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2165

Jablonski, Peter, review songs circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2140

Jablonski, Peter, "Semper Fidelis" circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2145

"Look What You've Missed" circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2163

Mark and Brian Show 1998

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2126

"Muscle Addiction" 1998

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2130

Naked Boys Singing circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2127

Naked Boys Singing, act I and II circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2131

Naked Boys Singing CD dub circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2137

Naked Boys Singing demo circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2164

"Party Update" old lyric circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2139

Pevsner, David, songs: "Porn Star", "Shoelace", and "Maid" circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2138

"Pizza Boy" composer demo circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2148

"Porn Star" suggested new ending circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2144

Rejected demos circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2149

"Robert Mitchum, Nothing but the Radio On" 1997

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2135

Savage, Mark, "Stripped" 1997

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2155

Sciaroni, Rayme, demo circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2146

"The Secret of My Appeal" circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2147

"Too Old for the Chorus" act 1 and 2 circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2158

"Too Old for the Chorus" master 1999

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2122

"Window to the Soul" long and short circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2160

"Window to Window" 1997

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
Box AC, Item AC2152

Winkler and Konecky circa 1989-2003

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette.
 

Posters and promotional items Series 3. circa 1998-2004

Series Description

This series includes posters (some of them signed) and objects such as a bathrobe, bath towel, hats, duffle bag, buttons, magnets, T-shirts, picture frame and underwear promoting Naked Boys Singing! productions, including performances in the US, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Italy.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.
Box 3, Item 1

Bathrobe: "Naked Boys Singing New York" circa 1999-2003

Box 4, Item 2

Buttons: "Get Naked" circa 1998-2004

Box 4, Item 3

Duffle bag circa 1998-2004

Box 4, Item 4

Hat: "Naked Boys Singing Italy" circa 2000-2001

Box 4, Item 5

Hat: "Chicos Cantando y Desnudos Mexico" circa 2004

Box 4, Item 6

Magnets circa 1998-2004

Box 4, Item 7

Picture frame: "Naked Boys Singing Atlanta" 2004

 

Posters

Box 5, Item 1

Atlanta, The Armory (portrait) 2004

Box 5, Item 2

Atlanta, The Armory (landscape) 2004

Box 5, Item 3

Bienvenue Theatre production circa 1999-2003

Box 5, Item 4

Bienvenue Theatre production, signed circa 1999-2003

Map-case 14, Drawer 2

Italy, Teatro Colosseo 2000

Language of Material: Italian
Box 5, Item 5

Los Angeles, Celebration Theatre, CD now available circa 1998-2004

Box 5, Item 6

Los Angeles, Celebration Theatre world premiere 1998

Box 5, Item 7

Madame JoJo's production, signed circa 1998-2004

Box 5, Item 8

Minneapolis, Loring Playhouse, signed circa 2003

Box 5, Item 9

New York, Actors' Playhouse, 5th year circa 2003

Box 5, Item 10

New York, Actors' Playhouse, signed circa 1998-2004

Box 5, Item 11

San Juan, Puerto Rico, Teatro Tapia production circa 1998-2004

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
Box 5, Item 12

Set drawing circa 1998-2004

Box 3, Item 2

Towel: "Naked Boys Singing New York" circa 1999-2003

Box GAR, Item GAR1733-GAR1740

T-shirts circa 1998-2004

General Physical Description note: 8 T-shirts.
Box 4, Item 8

Underwear, signed circa 1998-2004