from Westcliff on Sea
, 06 Apr 2010
The BFI Theatre on the South Bank in London was packed on the afternoon I went to see The Big Gay Musical. As with all movies associated with Casper Andreas I expected it to be entertaining, witty, comical with just a hint of sadness attached to it. I was not disappointed at all. He had co-directed this along with Fred M. Caruso. This joint venture proved they were a formidable duo. Casper had introduced the movie on other showings but had had to fly back to the US so Brian Robinson - the Press Officer at the BFI Theatre - stepped up on stage to do the honours. He told the packed house that The Big Gay Musical had been the favourite of the whole group of gay themed movies that had been shown at the festival over the past few days. The lights dimmed and the movie started. Black and white to start with which gave it a 1930s feel and I just knew it was going to be an enjoyable ride from start to finish when Casper playing a small but important part asks columnist Michael Musto as he dashes out from an extremely bad show if there is anything he would like. Screaming hysterically 'I need a big gay musical' as he rushes on his way the screen bursts into colour and a most wonderful production number with handsome near naked men wearing angels' wings and boots tap dance across the screen . The theatre audience, clapped, laughed and cheered throughout the movie. Yes, it's campy, even a bit cheesy but its dramatic and it's filled to the brim with muscular bodies and show tunes that get your feet tapping along with them and then when a very limp wristed God appears played to the hilt by Steve Hayes and he creates Adam and Steve to live in the Garden of Eden after chasing Adam and Eve out well....... The plot has been described in many reviews so it is suffice to say that it is a movie that one must see to appreciate to the full. Words just do not do it justice. The talent is outstanding and all can dance, sing and act. A powerful combination. Many are from the Broadway stage and to name just a few - Daniel Robinson was in Hairspray, Joey Dudding did Gypsy, La Cage Aux Folles and Chorus Line and others appeared in Tricks, Wicked and even South Pacific. Sheer entertainment from start to finish.
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