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Finding Aid to the Naked Boys Singing Records, 1989-2007

Finding aid prepared by Loni Shibuyama and Sarah Wilson, (c) 2013

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator - Creator
Schrock, Robert, 1945-
Title
Naked Boys Singing records
Collection no.
Coll2013.098
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1998-2004
Date [inclusive]
1989-2007
Extent
5.5 linear feet., 2 archive boxes + 3 flat archive boxes.
Language
English
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.

Preferred Citation

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

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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).

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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.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1. Administration files

Series 2. DVDs and audiocassettes

Series 3. Posters and promotional items

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2013
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

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.

Processing Information

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

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

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

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.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Celebration Theatre (Los Angeles, CA.).

Genre(s)

  • Audiocassettes
  • Musicals
  • Playbills
  • Theatrical posters

Subject(s)

  • Gay composers
  • Gay theater
  • Homosexuality in the theater
  • Musical theater

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series 1. Administration files 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 Item

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

4 1
Box Folder

 Clippings 1999-2003   [3 folders]

1 1-3

 Correspondence, email 1995-2007 

1 4

 LA Weekly Musical of the Year plaque 1998 

1 5

 Movie version 2000-2002 

1 6

 Notes 1998 

1 7

 "A Private Spirit" event 2000-2002   [2 folders]

1 8-9

 Producer updates 2000-2001 

1 10

 Production notebook 1997-1998   [2 folders]

1 11-12

 Program, autographed 2001 

1 13

 Programs circa 1998-2004 

1 14

 Promotional elements and photographs 1998-1999 

1 15

 Press, flyers circa 1998-2004 

1 16

 Rejected test 1998 

1 17

 Reviews and articles 1998-1999 

1 18

 Sankara, Gavin Dillard 1999-2000 

1 19

 Schrok, Robert, other productions circa 1998-2004 

1 20

 Script, "Flesh" 2000 

1 21

 Songs, first draft 1997-1998 

1 22

 Songs, "In the Flesh" 1999-2000 

1 23

 Too Old for the Chorus correspondence and agreement 2000-2001 

1 24

 Theater productions 

Box Folder

 Amsterdam 2004-2005   [3 folders]

1 25-27

 Atlanta 2004-2005 

1 28

 Brazil 2003   [2 folders]

1 29-30

 Chicago 2000-2003 

1 31

 Florida agreement and royalties 1999 

1 34

 Florida license agreement 1999 

1 32

 Florida press 1999 

1 33

 Florida reviews 1999 

1 35

 Houston correspondence and reviews 2000 

1 36

 Houston revival 2002 

1 37

 Indianapolis 2004 

2 1

 Japan 2000 

2 2

 London 2000-2002   [2 folders]

2 3-4

 Los Angeles budget 1998 

2 5

 Los Angeles cast and crew 1997-1999 

2 6

 Los Angeles show Bible 1998 

2 7

 Mexico City 2004 

2 8

 Middlesex County College 1999 

2 9

 Minneapolis 2003 

2 10

 New York opening night 1999 

2 11

 New York review 1999-2002 

2 12

 New York - Vancouver- Puerto Rico 2003 

2 13

 Norway, correspondence 2001-2002   [2 folders]

2 14, 17

 Norway, Norsk text circa 1998-2004 

2 15

 Norway programs circa 1998-2004 

2 18

 Norway sheet music 1993-1998 

2 16

 Portland, Oregon 2001 

2 19

 Provincetown 2000-2004   [3 folders]

2 20-22

 Puerto Rico 2003 

2 23

 Rome 2000-2001   [2 folders]

2 24-25

 St. Louis 2000 

2 26

 San Diego 2003   [2 folders]

2 27-28

 San Francisco correspondence 2000-2001 

2 30

 San Francisco press 2000 

2 29

 South Africa 2000-2001 

2 31

 South Africa press and publicity 2001 

2 32

 Sydney 1999-2001   [2 folders]

2 33-34

 Toronto correspondence 2002 

2 35

 Vancouver 2003 

2 36

 Washington, D.C. contracts and agreements 2002 

2 39

 Washington, D.C. production 2002-2003 

2 37

 Washington, D.C. tourist information 2002-2003 

2 38

 Washington, D.C. travel details and receipts 2002 

2 40

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Series 2:  Series 2. DVDs and audiocassettes 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 Item

 Naked Boys Singing 2003   1 DVD and 1 DVD copy.

VDD VDD0546

 Naked Boys Singing Norway circa 2000-2004   1 DVD.

VDD VDD0547

 Answering machine circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2132

 Bloom, Charles, demo circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2161

 Boddicker, Michael, sample tape circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2154

 Complete demo circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2143

 Dennis record circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2162

 Dillard, Gavin, "Christmas (This Song of Love)"; music by David Francis, lyric by Gavin Dillard 1989   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2123

 Dillard, Gavin, "Don'tcha Messup My Hair"; Dillard and Stober 1992   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2124

 "The Enchanted Cottage" 1998   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2129

 "The End of the Line" rough rehearsal circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2133

 "The Entertainer" circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2142

 Everest, John, songs circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2125

 "Fight the Urge" circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2134

 "Fight the Urge" circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2150

 "Fight the Urge" counterpoint section circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2141

 "Fight the Urge" new circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2151

 "Fight the Urge" Pevsner and Sciaroni 1997   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2159

 Getz, Mara, "Love Isn't Like the Movies" 1996   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2153

 "Gratuitous Nudity" and "Finale" circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2128

 "In the Flesh" 1999   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2136

 "In the Flesh" 1999   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2156

 Jablonski, Peter, and Barker review songs circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2157

 Jablonski, Peter, review songs circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2165

 Jablonski, Peter, "Semper Fidelis" circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2140

 "Look What You've Missed" circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2145

 Mark and Brian Show 1998   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2163

 "Muscle Addiction" 1998   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2126

 Naked Boys Singing circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2130

 Naked Boys Singing, act I and II circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2127

 Naked Boys Singing CD dub circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2131

 Naked Boys Singing demo circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2137

 "Party Update" old lyric circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2164

 Pevsner, David, songs: "Porn Star", "Shoelace", and "Maid" circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2139

 "Pizza Boy" composer demo circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2138

 "Porn Star" suggested new ending circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2148

 Rejected demos circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2144

 "Robert Mitchum, Nothing but the Radio On" 1997   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2149

 Savage, Mark, "Stripped" 1997   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2135

 Sciaroni, Rayme, demo circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2155

 "The Secret of My Appeal" circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2146

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

AC AC2147

 "Too Old for the Chorus" master 1999   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2158

 "Window to the Soul" long and short circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2122

 "Window to Window" 1997   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2160

 Winkler and Konecky circa 1989-2003   1 audio cassette.

AC AC2152

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Series 3:  Series 3. Posters and promotional items 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 Item

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

3 1

 Buttons: "Get Naked" circa 1998-2004 

4 2

 Duffle bag circa 1998-2004 

4 3

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

4 4

 Hat: "Chicos Cantando y Desnudos Mexico" circa 2004 

4 5

 Magnets circa 1998-2004 

4 6

 Picture frame: "Naked Boys Singing Atlanta" 2004 

4 7

 Posters 

Box Item

 Atlanta, The Armory (portrait) 2004 

5 1

 Atlanta, The Armory (landscape) 2004 

5 2

 Bienvenue Theatre production circa 1999-2003 

5 3

 Bienvenue Theatre production, signed circa 1999-2003 

5 4
Map-case Drawer

 Italy, Teatro Colosseo 2000 

14 2
Box Item

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

5 5

 Los Angeles, Celebration Theatre world premiere 1998 

5 6

 Madame JoJo's production, signed circa 1998-2004 

5 7

 Minneapolis, Loring Playhouse, signed circa 2003 

5 8

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

5 9

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

5 10

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

5 11

 Set drawing circa 1998-2004 

5 12
Box Item

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

3 2

 T-shirts circa 1998-2004   8 T-shirts.

GAR GAR1733-GAR1740

 Underwear, signed circa 1998-2004 

4 8

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