In Gay Company, a sophisticated, stylish musical revue that won rave reviews in a triumphant run Off-Broadway in New York City where it played 1974-75 and was revived again there in 1980. Its original production was nominated for “Best Score” by the New York Drama Critic Circle in 1975.
With lyrics and music by Fred Silver, the company of four men and one woman present their experiences of gay life in 1960s and 1970s. They sing and dance a variety of witty cabaret songs and inventive musical numbers, referencing many musical styles as diverse as Broadway, Jazz, Grand Opera, Sondheim and even a gay Gregorian chant!
What was it like to live at a time when same sex relationships had to be hidden from the public eye, due to severe legal restrictions in both the USA and UK? The songs expose the secret codes and private relationships that became established between gay men meeting together, be they firemen, monks, ballet dancers, or simply as strangers meeting in a late-night bar. Amongst these four men of both young and old generations is one single lonely lady, who keeps thinking she has found her perfect match – a man so sensitive, so charming and bright… but in the end he turns out to be… well there is only one word for it… GAY!
On 27 July 1967, the Sexual Offences Act (SOA) was passed and sex in private between two men over the age of 21 was legalised in England and Wales. Gay men in Scotland and Northern Ireland had to wait until the early 1980s. And it wasn’t until 2001 that the age of consent for men who have sex with men was lowered to 16, and brought into line with heterosexual couples. In 2003, “buggery” was finally repealed from statutory law across the UK. Still, between 1885 and 2013, almost 100,000 men were arrested for same-sex acts. What better time to look back at life before the act...