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It's raining gay men.

The gay bio-tuner is all the rage. After Boy George's "Taboo" and Peter Allen's "The Boy From Oz," why not a third? How about Paul Jabara's life story as a stage musical?

For those unfamiliar with '70s disco favorites, Jabara wrote "It's Raining Men," "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" and the Oscar-winning song "Last Dance."

Jabara was to the Gotham disco scene what Boy George was to the London club world a decade later. And like Allen, Jabara starred in a Broadway musical--and his, unlike Allen's flop "Legs Diamond," was a hit: Jabara was in "Hair."

Jabara also co-founded the Red Ribbon Project in 1991 before he died of AIDS in '92.

The Jabara project is being produced by Robert Wachs, who secured the stage rights to the music from the songwriter's family.

But where is the story are from "Hair" to Donna Summer to all those red ribbons?

"That's what we're working on right now," says Wachs, who has enlisted veteran TV writer Jim Geoghan ("Three's Company") to do the book. Wachs also looks to produce Geoghan's play "Light Sensitive."

Former manager of Eddie Murphy, Wachs' legit bio goes back to the Comic Strip and to his lawyer days at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

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Title Annotation:Let's Dance
Author:Hofler, Robert
Publication:Variety
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 29, 2003
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