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‘Naked’ wears out welcome

Gov't cancels show, producers eye transfer to private venue

Naked boys have been told to stop singing in San Juan. The Off Broadway musical revue with the exuberant (and factually accurate) title “Naked Boys Singing!” saw its four-week sold-out run at the Teatro Tapia end before it began when city officials walked out of a rehearsal perf last Thursday, deeming the show “immoral.”

Skedded to open last Friday, the show has been canceled and its producers are working to transfer the run to a theater that, unlike the Tapia, is not funded by the Puerto Rican government.

That process is expected to take at least a week, costing “Naked Boys” about $30,000 in lost revenue, said Anne Argus, head of inhouse marketing and sales for the show’s Gotham run.

“Naked Boys” is entering its fifth year in New York, having originated in Los Angeles. This October the musical will open in San Diego as a test for a national tour.

The San Juan imbroglio is not the first of its kind. In 2001 skittish citizens of Provincetown, Mass., threatened but did not succeed in canceling the show.