Same-Sex Couples from Theatre Community Wed On Stage at the St. James Theatre July 25

News   Same-Sex Couples from Theatre Community Wed On Stage at the St. James Theatre July 25 The Broadway community celebrates Marriage Equality in New York State July 25. Several couples, including Follies star Terri White and jewelry designer Donna Barnett, will be wed on the stage of the St. James Theatre following the evening performance of Hair.

Tony Award nominee Colman Domingo, a 2011 Tony Award nominee for The Scottsboro Boys, is scheduled to officiate the ceremonies. Two other couples also plan to exchange vows on the St. James Theatre stage: actor Ryan Dietz and playwright Josh Levine; and stage doorman John Raymond Barker and Jujamcyn Theaters usher Jared Pike.

The event was planned by Broadway Impact, an organization dedicated to promoting LGBT equality that was co-founded by 2008 Hair revival cast member Gavin Creel and Book of Mormon star Rory O'Mally. 

On June 24, the eve of Pride Weekend in New York City, New York became the sixth state in the U.S. to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The legislation, which passed with support from both Republicans and Democrats, was put into practice July 24 when clerks' offices began issuing licenses to same-sex couples.

The current Broadway engagement of Hair is a stop on the national tour of the Tony-winning revival, which launched in fall 2010. It re-opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre July 13.

Cast members from the original 2008 Broadway revival of the musical also attended the National Equality March in Washington, D.C. in October 2009 to commemorate the anniversary of LGBT activists who first marched on Washington in October 1979 to fight for equal rights. "Hair has always been more than just a show - its spirit of activism means changing the world, not just entertaining it," Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis said in a statement. "The entire company of this amazing production went to Washington to march for marriage equality, and we are honored to be back on Broadway helping New York show the world what real equality means."

"The theater is the place where we come together to celebrate and affirm who we are," Jujamcyn Theatres president Jordan Roth added in a statement. "It is the place where we stand in front of our community to speak our truth. That is theater. And that is also a wedding. It feels so very right then at this moment of historic magnitude for all of us to host some of the first same-sex weddings in New York State at our theatre. Our home."

Rory O'Mally makes the announcement outside the St. James Theatre July 13.
Rory O'Mally makes the announcement outside the St. James Theatre July 13. Photo by Krissie Fullerton
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