The World’s a Gay Stage…At Least on Broadway!

by Lewis

Tribeca Film Festival has just announced their program (full details HERE) so that means I’ll be spending more time in New York watching films and seeing friends/colleagues from the industry. But it also gives me a chance to indulge in my other passion: THEATER!

I usually check out out TheaterMania.com) for the latest and greatest updates on the “Great White Way,” and this particular season, certainly seems to be the queerest, in a long time!! These are the shows I’m excited about seeing and maybe this list will inspire to take a chance and see a theatre production. There is just something infectiously wonderful about seeing a show come together in front of you; that organic, thrilling and voyeuristic feeling of watching the action unfolds. And even though it’s rehearsed, there still is the possibility of something spontaneous that could happen at that performance to make it a special, personalized experience.

And don’t let high ticket prices deter you.  At the end of this post is a link to places where you can find discount tickets to shows and I’ve been known to pass as a ‘student’ in order to score a cheaper student!

SING OUT LOUISE AND THE PLAY’S THE THING!

ANYTHING GOES (Stephen Sondheim Theatre)
A bright, toe-tapping musical revue featuring the music of queer composer Cole Porter stars the fiercely talented Sutton Foster (“Thoroughly Modern Millie”) and Joel Gray (“Cabaret”). Songs include title song, “You’re the Top” and “Blow, Gabriel, Blow.”

THE BOOK OF MORMON (Eugene O’Neill Theatre)
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of “South Park” along with Robert Lopez of “Avenue Q” fame, I’m sure will completely offend and endear audiences at the same time.  Check out an interview with creators:

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (Neil Simon Theatre)
Double dose of queerness: Tony Award-winning, composer Marc Shaiman of “Hairspray,” the musical and frequent Bette Midler music collaborator along with the choreography of Jerry Mitchell (“Legally Blonde”) will invigorate this new show based on the Tom Hanks/Spielberg movie about a charming, chameleon-like con-man. Add yummy ‘eye-candy’ in the form of leading man Adam Trevitt (“Next to Normal”) and the ever reliable Kerry Butler (“Xanadu”) and this looks to be a great night at the theater.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (Longacre Theatre)
Jerry Herman musical version of the French film, made into the American version aka The Birdcage is still slaying audiences on Broadway. It’s an extremely exciting time to see the show as openly gay actors Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy) and Christopher Sieber (“Spamlot”) have jumped into the roles of the very French AND gay couple.

THE NORMAL HEART (John Golden Theatre)
The revival of Larry Kramer’s essential and emotionally passionate play about the early years of the AIDS crisis makes it’s Broadway debut, is directed by Joel Grey (“Anything Goes”) and stars Joe Montello (“Angels in America”), John Benjamin Hickey (“The ‘C’ Word) and the Broadway debut of Ellen Barkin.  The website says, “a percentage of the production’s weekly profits will be donated to a group of dedicated nonprofit organizations, including The Actors Fund and Friends In Deed, among others. In addition, a special partnership is being created with amfAR.” Official website: www.thenormalheartbroadway.com

PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT, the musical (Palace Theatre)
Based on the film and featuring a plethora of dance floor classics – Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” Donna Summer’s “Macarthur Park” – tells the colorful story of three drag queens and their journey through the Outback. A major plus is that Lizzie Gardiner, who designed the costumes from the film, worked her magic for the show.

SISTER ACT! The Musical (Broadway Theatre)
Whoopi Goldberg brings her producing credit to adapting the popular comedy into an uplifting musical about a Las Vegas lounge singer who must hide out in a convent, after being targeted by her mobster-boyfriend. Am I the only one who thought this film was campy? And who is looking forward to the these nuns raising the roof? Features new music by the queerific Howard Ashman (The Little Mermaid, Enchanted, Little Shop of Horrors).

WONDERLAND (Marquis Theatre)
A brand, new pop musical that is a re-imagining of Alice and her Looking-Glass world.  As the website says:  “modern-day woman who goes on a life-changing adventure far below the streets of New York City, where a colorful cast of strange but familiar characters help her rediscover what’s really important.” I’m sure she is going to bump into some queer boys and girls along the way. I mean…c’mon, it’s New York!!

Find discounts and the latest information at:

Theater Mania: www.theatermania.com

Broadway World: www.broadwayworld.com

Theatre Development Fund TKTS Booths: www.tdf.org

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