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How the 1985 AIDS Drama
Changed a Theatregoer’s Heart and Mind
By Playbill Staff | 06/30/2017
I thought I would be immune to the play’s power because I’m not gay,” a moved theatregoer wrote to Playbill in 1985.
Why Andrew-Keenan Bolger Saved the First Pride-Edition Playbill
By Olivia Clement | 06/30/2017
Go behind the scenes of the Pride-themed edition of Playbill’s new podcast,
The Broadway Cast
The Unexpected Challenges of Musical Theatre for Trans Performers
By Olivia Clement | 06/29/2017
For Donnie Cianciotto, transitioning meant choosing between his career—a lifelong dream—and his happiness.
How Much Do You Know About LGBTQ Theatre History?
By Logan Culwell-Block | 06/28/2017
It's the final week of 2017 Playbill Pride, so prove just how well you know your queer theatre history with this quiz!
Look Back at The Stonewall Portraits, Capturing a Historic Milestone in LGBTQ History
By Hannah Vine | 06/25/2017
Harvey Fierstein, Tony Kushner, Lea DeLaria, Chita Rivera, Joel Grey, and George Takei were among an array of activists and artists who made a historic visit to the civil rights landmark.
Look Back at the Broadway Cast of
Marching in NYC Pride
By Hannah Vine | 06/25/2017
celebrated LGBTQ Pride by walking alongside members of PFLAG in the 2016 New York City Pride March.
How a Real-Life Lola Became the Star of
By Ryan McPhee | 06/25/2017
For J. Harrison Ghee,
marks a Broadway debut. But as Crystal Demure, drag is nothing new.
Why We Need to Address the Lack of Lesbian Stories on Stage
By Wendy C Goldberg | 06/25/2017
Director Wendy C. Goldberg emphasizes how Broadway’s
fills a conspicuous gap in the gay theatre canon.
27 LGBTQ Heroes in the Theatre That Inspire You
By Hannah Vine | 06/24/2017
We asked, you answered: our followers shared what LGBTQ theatre heroes inspire them.
5 Songs From Broadway Musicals That Broke Ground for LGBTQ People
By Adam Hetrick | 06/23/2017
These powerful milestones were the first to chart new dramatic territory in musical theatre.
Playbill Mixtape: LGBTQ Pride Edition
By Ruthie Fierberg , Felicia Fitzpatrick | 06/22/2017
Celebrate LGBTQ Pride with iconic songs from
La Cage aux Folles,
42 Shows That Brought LGBTQ Experiences to the Stage
By Hannah Vine | 06/21/2017
Celebrate Playbill Pride with a look at LGBTQ stories on stage.
From the Archives
How Did Tony Winner John Benjamin Hickey Feel About His Broadway Debut?
By Harry Haun | 06/21/2017
In 1995, the
Six Degrees of Separation
actor made his Broadway debut in Terrence McNally’s
Love! Valour! Compassion!
and shared how he felt playing one of the gay “old marrieds” in this milestone play.
FROM THE ARCHIVES: Inside the Risky, First Out-of-Town Preview of
La Cage aux Folles
That Put a Gay Love Story Center Stage
By Arthur Laurents | 06/18/2017
Were audiences in 1983 ready to see two gay men openly express physical affection onstage? Read director Arthur Laurents’ firsthand account of the nervous energy at the first public performance.
Trailblazing Writer-Director Robert O’Hara Won’t Be Limited By Anyone’s Imagination
By Olivia Clement | 06/17/2017
playwright and director of Tarrell Alvin McCraney’s
The Brother/Sister Plays
breaks the mold with his theatrical perspective for
Bella: An American Tall Tale
Cabaret & Concert News
Exclusive: Charles Busch Plans to Reinvent His Cabaret Persona This Fall
By Robert Viagas | 06/16/2017
The drag icon will emphasize “trouser” roles for his club appearances, starting in October.
Artists of the Trans Experience Open Up About Identity, Casting, and Art as Activism
By Ruthie Fierberg | 06/15/2017
In honor of Pride, Playbill gathered three transgender artists for an open discussion about identity, representation, auditions, and activism.
Will Pay Tribute to Alvin Ailey
By Ryan McPhee | 06/15/2017
The fourth annual ceremony will also honor Cyndi Lauper and
Will and Grace
creators Max Mautchnick and David Kohan.
Paula Vogel Puts Her Story as a Gay Jewish Woman Onstage in
By Ryan McPhee | 06/14/2017
The Tony-nominated and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright writes the story of her own marginalization in this history play.
Benefits and Galas
Brad Oscar and George Faison Will Be
at Gay Pride Concert
By Robert Viagas | 06/13/2017
Check out all the Pride events planned for the coming weeks.
From the Archives
How Harvey Fierstein’s
By Robin Reif | 06/10/2017
This 1982 interview offers a rare glimpse of Fierstein on the verge of stardom, as he gets personal about his successes, vulnerabilities, and more before he became a symbol of Broadway.
Look Back at the Career Highlights of LGBTQ Trailblazer Harvey Fierstein
By Hannah Vine | 06/06/2017
The Tony Award winner celebrates his birthday June 6.
Cabaret & Concert News
About the Multi-Generational Fight for Equality, Receives One-Night-Only Concert
By Ryan McPhee | 06/02/2017
The new work by Douglas J. Cohen and Cheryl L. Davis premiered at Berkeley Playhouse in 2016.
How Did Leslie Uggams’ ‘June Is Bustin’ Out All Over’ Go From Technical Snafu to Broadway Folklore?
By Ryan McPhee | 06/01/2017
Watch as the Tony winner relives making up a language on the spot while singing the
Rainbow Playbills Take Over Broadway as Fourth Annual Playbill Pride Kicks Off
By Playbill Staff | 06/01/2017
Playbill Pride returns June 1, celebrating the theatre’s diverse community of LGBTQ artists, allies, innovators, and fans.
Harvey Fierstein Has Words for the Next Generation of LGTBQ People
By Adam Hetrick | 06/30/2016
Playbill’s 2016 Pride Issue—“What’s Next?”—comes to a close in a candid interview with Harvey Fierstein.
Cast Recap Their March For Equality at This Year’s Pride Parade
By Michael Gioia | 06/28/2016
The cast of Broadway’s
celebrated Pride by walking alongside PFLAG New York City in Sunday’s Pride march. They share what the march meant to them.
Photos! See the Cast of
March in the 2016 Pride March
By Monica Simoes | 06/27/2016
celebrated Pride by walking along side PFLAG New York City in Sunday’s Pride march. See it all here!
New York City LGBT Pride March Steps Off Today
By Adam Hetrick | 06/26/2016
This year’s theme is “Equality Needs You.”
Why Broadway’s New Rum Tum Tugger and His Partner Feel Extra Pride
By Whitney Spaner | 06/26/2016
In the wake of the Orlando tragedy, Tyler Hanes and Van Hansis reflect on their relationship, Pride and feeling grateful for the latest revival of
Pres. Obama Addresses LGBT Struggle in Speech Broadcast in Times Square
By Robert Viagas | 06/25/2016
It followed Friday's designation of Stonewall Inn as a National Monument.
The Stonewall Portraits—Broadway Celebrates a Landmark
By Adam Hetrick | 06/24/2016
Harvey Fierstein, Tony Kushner, Tom Viola, Jordan Roth and Chita Rivera were among an array of activists and artists who made a historic visit to a civil rights landmark.
How Today’s LGBTQ Youth Programs Will Be the Armor for Tomorrow’s Equality Fight
By Alex Rubin | 06/24/2016
From gender-blind casting to unlimited outlets of expression, theatre changes the lives of LGBTQ youth and generations to come.
Diary of a Trans Actress on the Road...in North Carolina
Theatre-maker and activist, Shakina Nayfack, takes her solo show on tour in one of the most dangerous places to be trans. Her goal: education and acceptance through art.
Lorna Luft Sings “Over the Rainbow” for the First Time in Moving Tribute
By Adam Hetrick | 06/23/2016
The daughter of Judy Garland spoke about her first visit to the Stonewall Inn before an emotional performance of the classic song from
The Wizard of Oz.
How Drag Has Taken the Throne as High Art
By Kieron Cindric | 06/23/2016
With increased accessibility and a pop culture push, drag claims the limelight as a higher art form.
Sean Hayes On the Pressure of Coming Out in Hollywood
By Adam Hetrick | 06/22/2016
After coming out publicly, Sean Hayes came into his own.
Broadway Sings for Pride
Proves “We’re All in This Together”
By Matt Smith | 06/21/2016
The annual LGBT event celebrated Pride month, but took on new meaning following the mass shooting in Florida. Playbill was there, as the Broadway and LGBT communities honored the lives lost.
15 Regional Companies Leading the Charge in Gay Theatre
By Aaron Grunfeld | 06/21/2016
Check out these pioneers who champion the LGBT cause through art.
Who’s Next: Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews
By Stephen Schwartz | 06/20/2016
As part of Playbill Pride 2016, we set our sights on the next generation of LGBTQ artists. Meet writing team and activists Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews.
All-Star “Broadway for Orlando” Single Drops Today!
By Adam Hetrick | 06/20/2016
All proceeds from the sale of the star-packed single will benefit the GLBT Center of Central Florida. It is available for download June 20.
“Broadway for Orlando” Playbill’s Exclusive Music Video Debuts
By Playbill Staff | 06/19/2016
Carole King, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Audra McDonald and more sing “Broadway for Orlando” to benefit the LGBT Center of Central Florida.
’s Allison Case and Her Wife Feel Grateful This Pride
By Whitney Spaner | 06/19/2016
The couple reflects on the “lovefest” that was their wedding and the
cast member that brought this unlikely pair together.
Who’s Next: Matthew Lopez
By Blake Ross | 06/19/2016
As part of Playbill Pride 2016, we set our sights on the next generation of LGBTQ artists. Meet playwright Matthew Lopez.
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