The Skivvies lay it all on the line each and every performance – the clothesline, that is.
It is hard to neatly describe the Skivvies, a guy-girl best friend duo that performs pop, cabaret and Broadway tunes while stripped down to their underwear. The simplest way to categorize them would be fast-paced, irreverent, and most of all, fun.
But those expecting a less fully clothed group to lack talent would be wrong. The Skivvies – Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley – have performed in dozens of musical theater productions from Broadway and off-Broadway to nationwide tours.
Cearley and Molina are active theater performers individually as well. If you miss Friday’s Skivvies performance at the B Street Theatre , you can still see Cearley in “An Act of God” through Saturday.
“It’s kind of the oldest trick in the book,” said Molina. “You take off your clothes and people notice you. And when you have talent and musicality and great arrangements to back it up, people stay for the music and forget that you’re actually in your underwear.”
The skimpiness of their attire is not the only unique aspect of a Skivvies performance. They have featured “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton” actress Philippa Soo, and actress, singer, and songwriter Lena Hall. The group’s arrangements almost always include ukelele, drums, guitar and cello, but also can include glockenspiel, saxophone and melodica. Cearley compared the set list to “the best mixed tape a friend made you when you were in high school.”
While it probably would be best not to bring children to the performance, Cearley and Molina say their shows are for adults of all ages. The group plays a lot of pop music, but the performers says even their older audiences have a blast.
“There was one 85-year-old woman in Key West, and after she saw one of our shows, she came up to us and said it was the best thing she had ever seen in her life,” said Molina. “The most fun, the most musical (show) that’d she ever seen.”
“She kept using the word joyful,” Cearley added.
The pair met in 2003 performing in Theatreworks USA’s national tour of the “Just So Stories.” Their success was spurred by a 2012 YouTube video. While Molina, donning her underwear, was deciding how to dress, Cearley suggested that she just remain in her bra and panties. After all, they were performing a “stripped-down” version of a pop song. The video went viral, and The Skivvies (named by Molina’s boyfriend) were born.
The ukelele, which Cearley learned to play for the video, now is his primary instrument when on stage.
The Skivvies’ Sacramento performance will feature four stars from the Sacramento Music Circus’s production of “Beauty and the Beast,” including leads James Snyder (a Sacramento native) and Jessica Grové. Performers from the B Street Theatre also will take the stage.
As in any Skivvies performance, Molina and Cearley, both 36, will wear their energy on their (lack of) sleeves. Expect to be surprised, but know that there will be absolutely no sad ballads or dreary arrangements on the program.
“It’ll be so much fun,” said Cearley.
B Street Theatre, 2711 B Street
10:00 - 11:30 p.m.