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Pretty Filthy Gets A Recording and A One Night Celebration at Feinstein’s/54 Below

Pretty Filthy Gets A Recording and A One Night Celebration at Feinstein’s/54 Below
Pretty Filthy Cast

Pretty Filthy Cast

Drawing on extensive interviews and research, The Civilians’ Pretty Filthy explored the real stories of people in the adult entertainment industry. The music and lyrics by Michael Friedman and a book by Bess Wohl were funny witty and tuneful. Last night The Civilians, Ghostlight Records, and Jon B. Platt celebrated the recent release of the  Pretty Filthy original cast recording, with an unforgettable evening at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

Starting with the opening number “Names,” about the importance of a name, “You have to make an impression / Something special and unique / So they won’t forget. We’re all stuck with the names we’re born with, but a name like Sunny or Misty or Stormy gives you an actual identity.”
Becky, the wholesome teenager sung by the Alyse Alan Louis talked about “What If I like It.” In hearing these songs the soft pop lilt was evident. Michael Friedman wrote Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Fortress of Solitude.
The savvy talent agent played by Steve Rosen, teaches us in “Impossible Girls” that discovering that there’s a science to managing the long-term career of a successful porn star. He explains his game plan “So, I said, you’re brunette / small boobs, then you’re blonde / small boobs, then we go blonde / big boobs. And then when you’re done with blonde and brunette big boobs, then you add anal.” As you can see if you have any hang-ups about sex, this score may put you on edge.
“Porn Capitalism” sung by Maria-Christina Oliveras and Harriet Foy, for me is a must skip song, but hey every score has at least two of those.
Luba Mason

Luba Mason

The powerful Luba Mason, showed the audience why she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in “The First Video Stars.”“We were the first video stars / The first girl-next-door girls.”  (“And God, I was beautiful!”) Nowadays, she plays the cougar and vents her scorn for “This robotic and greedy / Viagra-inspired / Accountant-created and / Media-generated world we made together.”

Eric William Morris

Eric William Morris

The hilarious Eric William Morris, who was not in the original sang “Squirting 101” as if he were Pirelli in Sweeney Todd. Again if you can’t handle sexual terms, you will definitely feel uncomfortable.

In “Becky and BoBby and Taylor and Dick” Alyse Alan Louis and Marrick Smith sing about how their porn characters and who they are really clash. How does two porn stars have a relationship is complicated.
Jared Zirilli, Marrick Smith, Eric William Morris, Steve Rosen

Jared Zirilli, Marrick Smith, Eric William Morris and Steve Rosen

Seeming very much like it’s from The Full Monty “Waiting For Wood,” has four male porn stars talking about how it’s a women’s world. Eric William Morris, Marrick Smith, Jared Zirilli and Steve Rosen excelling.

Marrick Smith

Marrick Smith

In explaining gay porn Marrick Smith, has a rock moment in “F**k the World.”This song is pounding and driving, creating a powerhouse moment.

For me “Apple Sauce,” is the second let’s skip song. It is this feel good moment about a married couple having it all in this industry.
Luba Mason

Luba Mason

“Beautiful” for me is the reason to buy this album. This haunting recap of an middle age women’s life is captured with perfection by Luba Mason.

Finally the title song “Pretty Filthy,” shows just how relevant the lyrics are to today’s society. Almost all the songs end with witty asides and for those who love musical theatre, this is a definite must own album. It boarders on cult musicals. If this show had been done in the 70’s or even the 80’s it would have run for years, but in a strange way we are more hung up about all of this, than ever. I am also sure somehow this is “Politically Incorrect” and there are those who are waiting to protest!
The recording was produced by Michael Friedman and Kurt Deutsch with Jon Platt serving as executive producer.

As one male porn stated:  “I’d like to think that if I can give you something that you can get off on, that I’ve done a service to you.”   But it’s a whole new world out there.

Thank-you to the The Civilians, Michael Friedman, Kurt Deutsch along with Jon Platt who produced this lasting memento.

To order the CD, visit


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email:

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