"We Are What We Are": Nine Need-to-Know LGBT Characters from Broadway
21 Jun 2014
As part of Playbill.com's 30 Days of Pride, Ben Rimalower offers a collection of nine LGBT characters from Broadway.
I think we take LGBT theatre for granted. Over the last few decades, a handful of LGBT plays have been so influential on both the theatre and our culture at large, and a certain segment of the gay population (upper middle class gay white men) have become so visible in mainstream media that for some of us, it can sometimes feel like the revolution is over — it was televised, the ratings were okay and now it's time to go home. Some people may even feel tired of seeing LGBT stories on stage; "been there, done that."
Compiling this list of great LGBT character in Broadway plays and musicals has reminded me of the activist spirit that made all these personalities part of such great — and important — theatre. In a world still teeming with so much persecution and inequality, these characters can only be inspiring. In fact, we desperately need to see more characters like these and from far more diverse populations. Playwrights, bring it on!
Click though to read my selections for the Top Nine LGBT Characters from Broadway Shows.