Keitel's slow conversion--from fear that his kid may be "light in the loafers
" to admiration for his talent--profits greatly from the actor's obvious enjoyment of his character's comically swaggering obtuseness.
The gay casting director who every now and again is forced to air the phrase "light in the loafers
" when an actor he knows is gay comes in to audition, for fear the straight bosses might think he cast the guy for the same reason they might cast the waitress they met at Hooters.
The Pigs costumes are certainly inventive, but one can also enjoy the witty lyrics, the amiable if camp humor, and the dance routines, particularly for "Light in the Loafers
," with David Pevsner and John Treacy Egan tapping away with flashlights on their shoes.
After Crabtree's death Waldrop wrote "Light in the Loafers
," a song illustrating what Crabtree did for Waldrop - and for untold others.