New York City Opera are facing cuts to more than their budget.
After discovering that Margaret Duchess of Argyll enjoyed a reputed 88 lovers, director Jay Scheib wanted 88 naked men for his new production of Powder her Face.
However during the original production meeting it became apparent that the poky stage couldn't accommodate that many. "It became a hazard" said the director. "You don’t want anyone to fall into the orchestra pit."
Accordingly, New York operagoers will have to make do with a mere 25 bare botties when the production opens at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Friday.