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Well, my "little vacation" ended up lasting two and a half years... funny how life steers your life in directions you weren't planning on. I'll start off with occasional posts, but I fully plan to resume this blog to full speed by the new year.

I hope you'll come back for frequent visits, to see new reviews, to share opinions, to take a survey (or two), and to celebrate the shows and show people that have made the TheatreScene!

Jeff

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Just like Ben... A Broadway Torsos Blog

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The Abs that started it all...
Sex sells.  That is hardly news, especially on Broadway.  For decades, the Great White Way has traded on sexy, scantily clad chorus girls, titillating innuendo, and occasional bouts with headline-making nudity.  From The Ziegfeld Follies to Oh! Calcutta! and Hair to The Full Monty and Naked Boys Singing, the New York theater scene has had its share of skin on display.

But I can't remember a professional review, including those about some of the aforementioned shows, that was so down right smutty and objectifying as the one published in The New York Times for the current revival of Picnic (HERE).  As you probably know, the chief theatre critic spends more than half the review describing the torso of one actor (plus a side trip into his exposed nipple) and the legs of another.  No names.  Just a skeezy, leering description.  He eventually gets to a couple of sentences about their acting.  Why not waste what little space he's apparently given with an actual review?  I guess verbal masturbation sells papers.  I miss the days where his smug tone was actually discrete AND about the show.

Of course, I make no qualms about celebrating the bodies beautiful of Broadway.  And apparently most of you don't mind, either.  Most of my most viewed blogs are more sexy ones - you wouldn't believe the numbers I get for Broadway Bares.  So, here's one for you guys!  (And thank you to "The Grey Lady' for "legitimizing" it...)

SEXY BROADWAY LOGOS, PROMOS AND ADS...

That's not sweat.  It's painted on Vaseline.
Matt Cavenaugh in Urban Cowboy

Doesn't the tag line say it all?

Scarjo is sultry...

Sebastian and Maggie are sexy AND romantic..
and there's comedy in pixelated nudity.

And there's un-pixelated nudity for the as advertised Naked Boys.
And they sing, too...
Cheyenne Jackson as "Mandrew"

Even Disney is in the torso game...

Will the Times review focus on MJT's
performance as Pippin, or on his nipples?

SEXY TORSOS AS PART OF THE SHOW...
LADIES FIRST...

There's the smoldering Maggie the Cat... 

Velma and the Merry Mureresses...

Val and her tits and ass...

And uber-sexy Bonnie Parker!

AND NOW THE GENTLEMEN...

The Men of Chicago

Pippin... and check out Patina's sexy arms, too!

Kieran Campion in The American Plan...

Daniel Radcliffe in Equus; Will Swensen in Rock of Ages

The Full Monty

Hair

Ghost

Mamma Mia!

Matthew Morrison in South Pacific

Edward Watts in Scandalous

Sexypants is back!
Benjamin Walker in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Seth Numrich in Golden Boy

AND BROADWAY BOYS OFFSTAGE...

Cheyenne and Jeremy...


The Spider-Men exercising

My favorite, Charlie Williams!

And my new favorite, Colt Prattes!

And perennial Broadway pin-up, Nick Adams! 

Jeff
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