BIG GAY MUSICAL, THE (director: Casper Andreas/Fred M. Caruso; screenwriter: Fred M. Caruso; cinematographer: Jon Fordham; editor: Alexander Hammer; music: Rick Crom; cast: Daniel Robinson (Paul/Adam), Joey Dudding (Eddie/Steve), Jeff Metzler (David), Liz McCartney (Patty-Maye), Brent Corrigan (Hustler), Steve Hayes (God), John Hillner (Benny), Marty Thomas (Dorothy), Andre Ward (Jose); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Casper Andreas/Fred M. Caruso; Breaking Glass Pictures; 2009)

"Clever anti-evangelical musical comedy."

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz 

This clever anti-evangelical musical comedy is directed by Casper Andreas and Fred M. Caruso and stars Eddie (Joey Dudding) and Paul (Daniel Robinson). It plays to the chorus (and those with an open mind), and is amusing, heartfelt and thoroughly refreshing. It benefits greatly because of its energetic supporting cast and splashy fruit colored visuals. The boys are about to open as stars in a new off-Broadway musical “Adam and Steve Just the Way God Made ‘Em,” and discover that their personal lives mirror their onstage characters. Paul on-stage is Adam, and in his real life is looking for the perfect man. Eddie on-stage is Steve, who in real life is dealing with how his sexuality and his strong Christian faith can co-exist. After Paul has another bad date, he vows to be sexually loose like the chorus boys in his show. Eddie has to tell his parents that he’s gay and is starring in a show that calls the bible the “Breeder’s Informational Book of Living Examples”. This 'coming out' revelation destroys Eddie's parents who reject him, while Paul doesn't enjoy his one-night stand and reasons he just wants to be loved.

The pic juxtaposes the lead stage performers in their campy show roles with their complicated off-stage lives. There are lively musical numbers with scantly clad tap dancing angels and a retelling of Genesis to coincide with scenes from West Village pickup bars and an HIV-testing clinic. Steve Hayes makes for a charming irreverent poof God in the show, and keeps the blasphemy all in good fun.

It resolves the boys' dilemmas by letting us know that life gets better for everyone once they accept who they really are, and that they are just the way God made ‘em. Who could argue with that? The well-intentioned gay pic has only an ordinary wishy-washy soap opera story, but rebounds as passable entertainment with colorful tunes and, at times, some bouncy eye-catching swishy moves.

REVIEWED ON 5/5/2011       GRADE: B

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