Jul 26, 2018
Staging the Male Nudity in "The Emperor's New Clothes"
He struts about naked, with everyone afraid to say anything until a small boy points out "The Emperor has no clothes."
1. The story is very short, with one-dimensional characters. It has to be extensively fleshed out.
2. You can't have a guy running around naked in a performance that will draw children.
Alan Schmuckler and David Holstein have a musical version where the Emperor and his daughter Sam learn to get along with each other through judicious costume choices.
Eric Coble has a Caribbean adaption: Jasmin wants to wear a simple sash, but the Emperor of the island requires fancy clothes. Until the magic tailor Buzz Butler arrives.
See also: Hans Christian Andersen