- The Dirtiest Show in Town
"The Dirtiest Show in Town" is a musical
revuewith a book and lyrics by Tom Eyenand music by Jeff Barry.
An attack on both
air pollution, the Vietnam War, urban blightand computerized conformity, it is filled with sex, nudity, and strong lesbianand gaymale characters, and culminates in a massive orgywith the entire naked cast writhing on the floor. What distinguishes it from a raunchy sex show is Eyen's clever dialogue and witty observations, which impressed even mainstream critics when it first was staged near the end of the sexual revolution that started in the 1960s.
Directed by Eyen, "The Dirtiest Show in Town" opened on
June 27 1970at the off-Broadway Astor Place Theatre, where it ran for 509 performances. It subsequently toured and then was staged at the West End's Duchess Theatre, where it ran for nearly 800 performances. In 1975, Eyen and Henry Kriegerput together a version called "The Dirtiest Musical in Town" starring Nell Carter. [http://www.thevillager.com/villager_198/oscardreaming.html]
In 1980, Eyen directed a film version of the play for the cable TV network
Showtime, making it the first "made for cable TV" movie ever made. This movie version starred a young John Wesley Shippbaring all.
* [http://www.theatredb.com/QShow.php?sid=s2315 Production information]
* [http://www.furious.com/Perfect/adultmusicals.html Analysis of 1970s "Adult Musicals"]
* [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,909467,00.html?promoid=googlep Time Magazine review]
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