OUT magazine has unveiled its annual list celebrating the top 100 most compelling people of the year with the special OUT100 double issue. Among the list of entertainers, politicians, sports figures, artists, and activists are several from the theatre, including current Hamilton leading man, Javier Muñoz.
The 2016 issue, which will be on newsstands beginning November 29, is available with four different covers: Ellen DeGeneres (Entertainer of the Year), Tom Ford (Artist of the Year), Muñoz (Breakout of the Year), and Tracey Norman (Legend).
Muñoz, who also performed for the Obamas in 2015, talks about how he’s combating HIV stigma. The singing actor told OUT, “If I can be a new face that people see that is HIV-positive and healthy and performing seven shows a week and kicking ass, then let that stand as a positive example for the person who is still living with that stigma and fear. Or for the person living in a country or situation in which they are not supported, let that be a fire in their belly to keep fighting the good fight for themselves.”
Other theatre artists on the list include playwright/performance artist Taylor Mac, actor/director Michael Arden (Spring Awakening), stage and screen star Conrad Ricamora (The King and I, How to Get Away with Murder), singing actor Tituss Burgess (Guys and Dolls, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Tony-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge), Tony-winning actor BD Wong (M. Butterfly), and dancers/choreographers Gina Gibney and Marcelo Gomes.
Arden, who was represented on Broadway last season as the director of the Tony-nominated revival of Spring Awakening, which wove American Sign Language into the production, told the magazine, “Helping to open up the conversation about inclusion and diversity in casting has been a dream come true.”
This year’s list also pays tribute to the survivors and heroes of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, FL, and the numerous LGBT staffers from the Obama White House.
The complete list can be found here.