The Year Of The Broadway Hottie Continues

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This week's column takes you to the opening night of The Nance, about a gay burlesque star in the '30s and his various moral dilemmas.

And among other things, the play furthers this as the year of the Broadway stud. I wrote about this earlier, when I ran photos of various nude or semi-nude guys parading around the legit stages. From Cat to Vanya to Picnic and beyond, the season has been more stud-studded than a week at the old Gaiety. When I wrote that, Breakfast at Tiffany's hadn't even opened yet, the adaptation featuring the Capote character stripping for a luxurious bath that gave the audience a momentary rise. And there's also since been Alan Cumming as a mental patient acting out Macbeth, at one point totally starkers in a bathtub.

Well, that's already closed, but now, in The Nance, we have Johnny Orsini, completely nude as a piece of "trade" Nathan Lane's character hooks up with, which leads to some serious loving.

At one point, Nathan's character is shown wondering why he's gotten involved with this guy. Then the guy appears naked and Nathan suddenly remembers.

As for Orsini, playwright Douglas Carter Beane told me, "He's the coolest straight guy. He blew us away at the audition. When I said, 'Why do you want to be in this?' he said, 'I don't think anyone should hate themselves'." Aw!

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Hot as Johnny Orsini is in the buff -- and he bloody well is!!! -- Nathan Lane steals the scene with his reactions, physical byplay. Brilliant acting.


It's not "off the topic" at all; weren't the two guys Fred Weller and Daniel Sunjata?

'Nuff said.


OK,  I know it's "off-topic", but B'way hasn't topped the shower scene in "Take Me Out" which stunned me for lasting about 10 minutes...I barely heard the dialogue.