Nudity in Musicals: Nude Musical

Nudity in Musicals: Nude Musical

When nudity in musicals is presented with an honest title such as “Nude Musical”, the next thing you have to guess is the storyline. And when some folks don’t have any issues with nudity, the sensible topic to discuss then would be sex. Well, it’s a clip I saw on DailyMotion with no credits and checked it out for myself.

It turned out to be hilarious. You may remember the nudity explained in one of my previous articles where stage director Susan Herner mentioned about finding a purpose (or an excuse) to insert nudity into the production. Here in “Nude Musical”, they went nude for the sake of tackling sex.

The clip opens with a couple nude holding sticks similar to what vaudeville performers hold when dancing jazz. Having watched some “vintage porn” in the past, I could tell that it’s rather a dated way to present a couple nude. 80’s maybe? The guy is unshaven/unwaxed from the chest down to his pubes. Same thing with the girl but you need to look closer just to see if she’s really hairy down there. They then sing a duet about things that they do while naked. At the end of the song, you realize that the reason behind the nude approach for this song is the need to rejuvenate their sex life. The desperation contained in the song was played for laughs especially with the way they sang since both of them managed to keep their cool while strutting their stuff. It gives the impression that they have done this before and have no issues whatsoever going nude since it seems as if there is the promise of a better sex life once prancing around in the buff.

 

Now speaking of a better sex life, if all else fails, get yourself a dildo. The next musical number featured 4 men in tin can costumes that pass off as life-size dildos. They did not sing about how to fit them between your legs. (What kind of vagina do you have if you managed to fit a dildo that big? Kidding.) Again, it’s played for laughs with the women wearing scarves and the ball gown frame but without the gown itself. You can see the boobs and the pubes that way and it dares you to laugh at them while they sing the benefits of having a dildo along with the life-size dildos themselves.

Do people behind the cameras get away when taping something as crazy as this? That issue was addressed when one of the staff members almost chastised the cameraman for playing with the equipment. No explanation is given. The cameraman didn’t explain explain himself for literally going in circles unless it’s the only sound effect that can be produced to make it look like the dildos are vibrating at all. Such behavior caused a major blunder in the production that agitated the leading lady to walk out. Worse, the cameraman acted as if he did a great job.

 

The final “act” here involved tap dancers. While the men are covered from head to toe, the women are covered only with a black blazer, a top hat and tap shoes. Everything else is left hanging out. It served a purpose in showing that sex is not the only thing you can do nude. And perhaps that is the point of this musical.

If you can talk about sex when clothed, what more if you are naked? The only thing lacking is consent. If you’re going to discuss motivational tools to encourage a better sex life, do it nude. And if you still are not motivated to have sex, go nude and try doing something else like tap dancing. Not everyone has the courage to do that. I still can’t but it would be unfair for me to go judgmental on cultures and fetishes that I don’t understand. It can easily be seen how this is more about being comfortable in your own skin than getting yourself preoccupied with what everyone else has to say.

 

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