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Gay Batman Exhibit Ordered Closed, Gay Musical Busted

by Beth Shapiro 365Gay.com New York Bureau

Posted: August 19, 2005 8:00 pm ET

(New York City) A New York art gallery has been ordered to remove an exhibit of watercolors showing Batman and Robin in a variety of romantic poses.

The works of artist Mark Chamberlain had been on display at the Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts Gallery on West 26th Street since February. The order to remove them came from DC Comics which owns Batman.

"DC Comics wants me to hand over all unsold work," said Cullen.

Arts website Artnet also was ordered to remove copies of the art from its website.

It isn't the first time Chamberlain's art has been targeted. Two years ago a painting featuring Kylie Minogue's behind was removed from the British Royal Academy's summer show after the singer's lawyers complained.

Meanwhile, police have shut down the Milwaukee the local production of the hit Off Broadway musical "Naked Boys Singing".

Director Mark Hooker was told that if the show went on he would be arrested for staging a nude review without a license.

"It's very clear to us that this incident is mean-spirited and homophobic," Hooker told theatergoers who came to the Milwaukee Gay Arts Center to see the show on Thursday night.

Police say they began looking into show after evangelist Drew Heiss filed an open records request for a copy of the center's licenses to serve alcohol, show nude photos and have nude dancers.

Last December the Atlanta production of "Naked Boys Singing" was shut down after police said the show bar in which it was playing didn't have an adult entertainment license. (story)

The charges were later dropped after mayor Shirley Franklin interceded. (story)

In January, a federal court has ordered the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to pay the Local producers of the gay themed musical $1.3 million in compensation for closing the campy musical a day before it was to open at the state-owned Tapia Theatre in 2003.

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