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Joan Marcus, The O and M Company Bobby Steggert, left, and Frederick Weller in a scene from the production "Mothers and Sons," performing at the Golden Theatre in New York.

Broadway: Terrence McNally’s ‘Mothers and Sons’ gentle, moving

Thursday, March 27, 2014
NEW YORK — Terrence McNally's new play opens with a woman of a certain age wearing a lush, black fur coat. It's a provocatively politically incorrect garment — and a giveaway that what will come out of her mouth will be, too. [ Read more → ]
Elise Amendola, APActor Neil Patrick Harris is dressed in a bra and wig during his roast as Man of The Year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals in Cambridge, Mass., Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

Neil Patrick Harris accepts ‘Hasty Pudding’ award from Harvard drama troupe

Saturday, February 8, 2014
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Neil Patrick Harris, dressed in a wig, lingerie and red heels, took the stage at Harvard University on Friday to accept the 2014 Man of the Year Award from America's oldest undergraduate drama troupe. [ Read more → ]
Austin McAfee, AP

Ole Miss students, football team disrupt ‘Laramie Project’ play with gay slurs

Thursday, October 3, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. -- An audience consisting of mostly University of Mississippi students, including an estimated 20 Ole Miss football players, disrupted the University's theater department production of “The Laramie Project” Tuesday night, heckling cast members and shouting anti-gay slurs. [ Read more → ]
Edward Albee

LGBT History Month profile: Playwright Edward Albee

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Edward Albee is a celebrated playwright who won three Pulitzer Prizes and three Tony Awards. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” his first Broadway play, helped establish Albee as one of America’s greatest playwrights. [ Read more → ]

Fierstein plots return to Broadway with play about cross-dressing men

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
NEW YORK — Fresh off his success with "Kinky Boots," Harvey Fierstein will be offering his first play in almost 30 years — and there's plenty of kink. [ Read more → ]
Henny Ray Abrams, AP  (File)Stephen Sondheim

Composer, lyricist Stephen Sondheim receives lifetime achievement award

Sunday, August 11, 2013
PETERBOROUGH, N.H. -- Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim is being awarded one of the top honors in the arts world: the Edward MacDowell Medal for lifetime achievement. [ Read more → ]
Harold Scott

Neb. school official fired for performing in community play with gay themes

Saturday, August 10, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. — The superintendent of a Christian school in Lincoln says he lost his job because he performed in a community production of "The Producers," a Broadway musical with gay characters, Nazi jokes, some coarse dialogue and racy lyrics. [ Read more → ]
Matthew Murphy, The O+M CompanyThis theater image released by The O+M Company shows Billy Porter during a performance of "Kinky Boots." The Cyndi Lauper-scored "Kinky Boots," based on the 2005 British movie about a real-life shoe factory that struggles until it finds new life in fetish footwear, is nominated for 13 Tony Award nominations.

‘Kinky Boots,’ ‘Matilda the Musical’ front runners in tonight’s Tony Awards

Sunday, June 9, 2013
NEW YORK — The Tony Awards will be a real drag this year: The two top musicals battling it out have leading men dressed as women and the night's biggest celebrity will be Tom Hanks, who reminded everyone of his cross-dressing roots by teaming up in "Lucky Guy" with Peter Scolari, his "Bosom Buddies" co-star. [ Read more → ]

Mass. performing arts school takes heat for gay biblical play

Friday, March 8, 2013
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. — The head of a western Massachusetts charter school says a student production of a play that retells the biblical story of Genesis with gay characters will go on as planned despite objections from some who say it's offensive to Christians. [ Read more → ]
Arthur Laurents (center).

LGBT History Month profile: Arthur Laurents, award-winning playwright

Monday, October 22, 2012
Arthur Laurents was a Tony Award-winning playwright, director and screenwriter. He wrote the scripts for “West Side Story,” “Gypsy” and “La Cage Aux Folles." [ Read more → ]

Interview with Steven Fales: A gay Mormon boy grows up

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Actor/playwright Steven Fales first came to my attention with his groundbreaking solo play, Confessions of a Mormon Boy, which was a hit off-Broadway and in cities around the world. The play chronicles Fales’ heartbreaking journey from being a devoted sixth-generation Mormon and father of two, to coming out as gay and being excommunicated from his church. [ Read more → ]

All-star reading of Prop 8 trial play raises $2 million toward marriage equality fight

Monday, March 5, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- A star-studded benefit reading of of Dustin Lance Black's play "8," featuring Brad Pitt and George Clooney, raised more than $2 million Saturday night for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), and gave YouTube viewers around the world a rare glimpse into the historic trial of Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Maryland high school reverses ban, will allow play to include gay scene

Saturday, November 5, 2011
BEL AIR, Md. -- Students in a suburban Baltimore high school's drama club are rejoicing after school administrators reversed a decision that would have prevented them from staging a play that included a scene in which two young men come to realize they are attracted to each other. [ Read more → ]

Principal says reaction to gay-themed play shows importance of teaching acceptance

Saturday, October 22, 2011
HARTFORD, Conn. -- School officials at Hartford High School are catching some flack, but standing by their decision to allow production of a gay-themed play, and even made attendance mandatory for some of its students. [ Read more → ]
Alan Cumming

LGBT History Month profile: Award-winning actor Alan Cumming

Monday, October 10, 2011
Alan Cumming is an award-winning film, television and stage actor. He has appeared in more than 100 films and television series, as well as major theatrical productions in London and on Broadway. [ Read more → ]
Making the Boys

Why are we still haunted by ‘The Boys in the Band?’

Monday, June 27, 2011
When The Boys in the Band opened off-Broadway in 1968, homosexuality was still classified as a mental illness. The play’s behind-the-scenes peek at gay men in their natural habitat was fascinating to audiences and greeted with enthusiasm from the gay community. [ Read more → ]

Want to get out of jury duty? Just say you’re gay!

Saturday, March 5, 2011
Earlier this week, in a rather simple statement and wonderful declaration of his second-class citizenship, New York musical theatre actor and model, Jonathan D. Lovitz challenged one of his civic duties -- jury duty. [ Read more → ]

Tarleton University cancels controversial production that depicts gay Jesus

Friday, March 26, 2010
[caption id="attachment_7410" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Promotional still from 1998 New York production."][/caption] Tarleton State University has canceled Saturday's performance of four student-directed plays, including "Corpus Christi," the controversial production which portrays Jesus as gay. In a media release (PDF) posted on it's website Friday night, Tarleton... [ Read more → ]

Student play depicting gay Jesus planned at Texas university

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
A class project depicting Jesus Christ as gay has hit a nerve in Stephenville, Texas. Tarleton State University is adding security for expected demonstrations Saturday when students perform the production, called "Corpus Christi." The play, by Terrence McNally, opened in New York in the 1990s,... [ Read more → ]
Bobby Steggert, left, and Ivan Hernandez in Yank

New musical chronicles relationship between two WWII-era gay servicemen

Saturday, February 27, 2010
[caption id="attachment_6559" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Bobby Steggert, left, and Ivan Hernandez in Yank"][/caption] With "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in the national headlines, along comes the York Theatre Company's new off-Broadway musical about gays in the military. Set during World War II, Yank! chronicles the relationship between... [ Read more → ]
Hugh Dancy and Ben Wishaw in Alexi Kaye Campbell's 'The Pride.'

British actors give acclaimed performances in off-Broadway play ‘The Pride’ (Video)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010
British actors Hugh Dancy and Ben Whishaw have won praise for their turns playing troubled gay lovers in an off-Broadway production that jumps back and forth from repressed 1950s London to 2008. [ Read more → ]
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