Atlanta's mayor said December 14 that she asked police not to press charges against a nightclub featuring the nude musical revue Naked Boys Singing! Police raided the Armory on December 11 and cited it for permitting adult entertainment without a license. The show had run four months.
Mayor Shirley Franklin decided, however, the citation "was based upon the misreading of a section of the Atlanta city code," a statement from her office said. "At this time the city is not requiring that the Armory discontinue the performances of the play," the statement said. After Naked Boys Singing! opened in August, a reviewer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution placed it on a list of seven "must-see" productions, describing it as "a little song, a little dance, a cast of six not wearing pants."
Robert Darroch, a lawyer who coproduced the show with his wife, Donna, appealed the decision to Franklin in a letter asserting the show did not meet the city's definition of adult entertainment. "We apologize for the mix-up," Assistant Police Chief Alan Dreher said. (AP)