“Where are you gonna get people who can screw AND carry a tune?”
While marking time at scAMDA on my way to (presumed) stardom, I used to stroll the aisles of Tower Records, giving myself a free education on the history of cinema. One evening, with 30 bucks burning a hole in my camo cut-offs, I came across a film with a most interesting title: The First Nudie Musical. As a self-professed shit kicker, equally obsessed with Sondheim and Sodomy, this almost seemed too good to be true. Thankfully, it wasn’t. The First Nudie Musical is an amazing piece of camp (and not a bad musical at that…).
Harry Schetcher (Stephen Nathan) is in dire straights. His father’s once prosperous film studio is headed towards certain bankruptcy. Over the past few years, he and his team (led by a pre-Laverne & Shirley Cindy Williams) have done everything – including pornography – to keep it afloat. But time is running out. He gets his investors to agree to one last project that is certain to pack ’em in the aisles: a porno musical. With just two weeks to put it all together, there isn’t a moment to spare. Not only must the performers be able to…perform…but they also have to sing and dance! As if that weren’t enough, one of the producers has foisted his virginal nephew on them as the director and their leading lady is pulling the Diva card from the jump. Will they save the studio? Of course they will. This is a musical after all. But oh what fun along the way!
What may surprise you most is that the music is…actually really good. There’s the eponymous opening toe-tapper, complete with a bevy of kick-lining nude chorines; the ingenue torch song “The Lights and the Smiles”; fun little vaudeville style interstitials like “Orgasm”; and my favorite, “Honey, What’cha Doin’ Tonight?” a “Big Spender” type knock off that will make its way onto my inevitable cover album of musical theatre tunes. (Incidentally, why is THIS not an Off-Broadway musical?!)
The First Nudie Musical, audacious title and all, reportedly got really good reviews (although contemporary online reviews are scarce and not glowing…) and has become a cult classic. If you like South Park, Family Guy, or The Rocky Horror Picture Show, you would appreciate this tongue in cheek farce.
*You can download the movie here.