The four boys of "Well-Strung: The Singing String Quartet" know their chiseled torsos and matinee idol faces make them seem like an inspired novelty act. In fact, second violinist Chris Marchant says he has lost track of the number of times the all-male string quartet has turned down offers to perform nude during their 2012 summer stint in Provincetown, Mass.
But moments after the hunky group took the stage of Manhattan’s Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater in the West Side Y last week, the audience’s initial catcalls gave way to enthusiastic applause -– a response that Marchant believes is indicative of Well-Strung’s fanbase, which he hopes will listen as closely as they’re looking.
“One of our aims is to blur the line between high and low art,” he says.
An evening with Well-Strung is anything but typical. Along with Marchant, first violinist Edmund Bagnell, violist Trevor Wadleigh and cellist Daniel Shevlin tear through a set list that includes Mozart and Dvořák compositions alongside string arrangements of recent pop hits by Adele, Britney Spears and Ke$ha, during which the boys provide vocals. In addition, each of the handsome stars offers up winking anecdotes of growing up gay in between numbers, lending much of the act the breezy feel of cabaret with a hint of vaudeville.
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