Several people warned me that Rent Boy The Musical wasn’t worth the Paypal expenditure, but after Breakfast at Tiffany’s, I figured I could sit through anything.
The show turned out to be a very light revue-style entertainment, using the premise of a Hookie Awards ceremony punctuated by numbers featuring the winners of each Hookie.
David Leddick–who wrote the book and lyrics–stars as the MC who presents the honors to various escorts, then asks them a few questions, which generally segues into some singing, dancing, and crotch bumping.
Some of the songs aim for dry wit and whimsy, but with a raunchy overlay. (“Pete’s Tool Rental,” “Who Invented The Jockstrap?”)
Others are more romantic, like “All My Dreams in a Row”–a lovely duet for a call boy, played by Parker Krug, and his client, Andrew Ryan Rix, who fall for each other against all odds.
And Leddick has a drag number, “I Have My Fans,” in which he does a slow-burning fan dance as a mature, cross-dressing escort who rhymes “fanny” with “trannie”.
The show tends to be as much of a hit-and-miss affair as hiring an escort without reading his reviews.
There are very few topical references and there’s little illumination shed on what rentboys’ lives and motivations are really like. And the whole thing ends up being as slight as a hustler on a liquid diet.
But it has a cuteness and I really didn’t hate it. And you can’t say that about every rentboy experience, can you?
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on March 26, 2013