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Producers for 'Boystown' visit Chicago's gay neighborhood for casting call

Chicago, IL — Producers from Logo's A-List, and The Real World, were in Chicago over the weekend looking for "big personalities" during an open casting call at Scarlet, 3320 N. Halsted. 

Casting call for 'Boystown' at Scarlet :: jerry nunn
Casting call for 'Boystown' at Scarlet 
credit :: jerry nunn
They were casting for a new reality series about Boystown from executive producer Dave Schlessinger, a Chicago native who has produced numerous high profile concert events through his company ChiTown Entertainment. 

The Boystown neighborhood was turned upside down with a pre-party on Friday and all-day scouting on Saturday. Scarlet owner Paul Cannella explained that producers invited potential candidates into the bar's VIP Table One for an initial interview on Friday with call-backs on Saturday. 

Schlessinger tells that the working title of the reality show is ‘Boystown.'

"Our goal is to highlight the beauty, cultural, and artistic qualities of Boystown along with some of the fun, crazy, and wild people that live and play in it," said Schlessinger. 

Chicago's Boystown, located in the East Lakeview neighborhood on the north side, is the first officially recognized gay village in the United States. The area includes a large entertainment strip along Halsted St. that features an eclectic mix of gay bars and a colorful nightlife. 

The casting producers, who are now on the way back to LA to continue the project, found a lot of "great prospects" from the hundreds of 20-somethings who auditioned. 

Stay tuned for more details on ‘Boystown.'
"Boystown"-I'm hoping it has more substance than the A-list...
Posted by David S. Hackett on Tue, 4/19/2011 10:18 AM
It seems like the direction this show wants to take is "cute boys & bars". I've been a patron of Boystown for over 20 years. Why not show THE REAL BOYSTOWN ? : Give us something profound (such as pioneers in the gay community- gay veterans, activists - NOT twinks) or give us something scandalous and exciting (like public sex, tranny hookers getting arrested etc )NOW THAT IS SOMETHING I WOULD WATCH LOL
Posted by georgesaintgeorge on Thu, 4/28/2011 5:42 PM
This is hardly profound or groundbreaking. No one wants to watch a bunch of drunken twinks staggering from one bar to the next. It's plastic and I can see that happen any Saturday night from my window. In 1971 The First REALITY TV SHOW EVER WAS "AN AMERICAN FAMILY" featuring "the Louds" and their openly gay son Lance Loud. THAT was groundbreaking. This is just tripe feeding into our youth obsessed culture of desire.
Posted by georgesaintgeorge on Thu, 4/28/2011 5:50 PM
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