Camp Morning Wood

Sean Stephens, Anthony Logan Cole, Da'merius Ford and Brady Vigness are among the singing, dancing nudists at Camp Morning Wood Meadows. Original photos by Aaron Cooper.
Does this “very naked musical” belong in a comedy club—or a strip club?

By Andrew Andrews

Returning to the stage for Pride Month, Camp Morning Wood is a “very naked musical” comedy about Randy—the only Professor of Colonial Queer Studies at Columbia University—who stumbles into a gay nudist camp after blowing a tire.

Encouraged by the campers to spend the weekend until the nearest garage reopens on Monday, Randy is forced to confront his own modesty, insecurities and a shallow infatuation as the camp itself confronts being razed to make room for a combined fracking operation and megachurch construction, led by a conservative senator with something to hide.

Full of puns, innuendo, obscenity and full frontal nudity, Camp Morning Wood is the most campy musical you’re likely to encounter anywhere—although given the no-holds-barred depiction of its subject matter, I can’t imagine this show would be produced anywhere outside of a major metropolitan area!

Shelton Lindsay, Chris Ogren and Thomas Delgado (not shown) round out the cast.

Camp Morning Wood delivers everything you’d probably expect based on its synopsis. With nods to The Wizard of Oz and a feature song that’s just different enough from Britney Spears’ Toxic to avoid a copyright infringement lawsuit, this show had the near-capacity opening night crowd laughing-out-loud and clapping along throughout the performance.

With lyrics such as Beware of Bears and Anything’s a Dildo if You’re Brave Enough, the musical numbers are as much fun as the lighthearted script, as long as you don’t expect Broadway-quality singing or dancing (or anything close to it!)

I felt that the casting could have been better, although I can imagine that few actors still in the city right now are willing to expose themselves so literally with the pandemic not-quite-behind us.

Comparing the opening number to a YouTube video of an earlier production, it appears that the script and book have been through the workshop since then, although they could still use some more polish. The show starts out strong, but kind of peters out a bit with Randy’s solo before recovering somewhat with its positive-message finale.

Camp Morning Wood is certainly not for the faint of heart, with blatant language, tons of gay culture references and swinging genitalia from start to finish. But if you purchase discount tickets from one of the many online sources, the seven-member cast supplies an affordable, very entertaining evening—even if you keep your gaze above their waistlines.

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Andrew Andrews attended Camp Morning Wood at Asylum NYC in New York on Friday, June 4, 2021 @ 9:30pm to write this review.

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