August 01, 2014

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Broadway Impact Tirelessly Takes 8 to the Masses Broadway Impact Tirelessly Takes 8 to the Masses
Rory O'Malley, Gavin Creel and Jenny Kanelos were thrilled with Barack Obama's election, but on that same day Prop 8 was passed in the state of California. Wanting to help fight the law which eliminated the right for same-sex couples to marry, the trio founded Broadway Impact. The organization is dedicated to producing Dustin Lance Black's play 8 all across the nation and the world. Here, O'Malley, Creel and Kanelos talk about the play and what it means for people — gay or straight — everywhere. See the Angels of Kinky Boots talk about the positive and prideful messages of the hit show.
Kinky Boots Angels Spread Their Wings for 30 Days of Pride Kinky Boots Angels Spread Their Wings for 30 Days of Pride
Kinky Boots' Angels are the ensemble performers who make the show's fabulous drag numbers come to life eight shows a week. Three of the Angels — Charlie Sutton, Kevin Smith Kirkwood and Paul Canaan — joined Playbill backstage at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre to show off some of their favorite glamorous costumes and to talk about the positive and prideful role the Angels have in the production. See Kinky Boots' Jerry Mitchell revisit the sexy history of Broadway Bares.
The Nude and Naughty History of Broadway Bares The Nude and Naughty History of Broadway Bares
A two-time Tony winner for best choreography (in 2005 he won for La Cage aux Folles and in 2013 he won for Kinky Boots), choreographer and director Jerry Mitchell started his career as a Broadway dancer and ensemble performer. In the midst of the AIDS crisis, Mitchell wanted to find a way to help. After some goading from friends at The Will Rogers Follies, he hopped up onto a bar is his barely-there Indian of the Dawn costume and Broadway Bares was born. Mitchell sat down with Playbill to celebrate 30 Days of Pride and to give a look back at the nude and naughty history of the now iconic Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraiser. See "Glee" stars chat about the importance of living a genuine and authentic life.
Out Stars Jane Lynch, Cheyenne Jackson: Out Stars Jane Lynch, Cheyenne Jackson: "Every Day is Gay Pride"
Jane Lynch made her cabaret debut last week at speakeasy-styled nightspot 54 Below. Before sound check, Lynch and her special guest star Cheyenne Jackson chatted with Playbill to celebrate 30 Days of Pride. The two talked about what gay pride means and why it's important to them to be out in an industry that is under the watchful eye of the media. Other popular 54 Below performers (including Tamara Tunie, Kate Baldwin and Katie Finneran) chimed in with thoughts on freedom, inclusion and individualism. See Cabaret cast members talk about the fluid sexualities of their characters.
Gay? Straight? Bi? The Sexual Politics of Cabaret Gay? Straight? Bi? The Sexual Politics of Cabaret
Cabaret's Bill Heck (he plays Clifford Bradshaw) and Aaron Krohn (he plays Ernst Ludwig) sat down with Playbill to celebrate 30 Days of Pride. The two talked about the complex sexual politics of the production and how director Sam Mendes, along with the societal changes that have come about since the last revival of the show, encouraged them to take chances in exploring sexual identity — and hypocrisy — in their characters. Watch as Mothers and Sons visits the historically significant Stonewall Inn.
Iconic Gay Bar an Inviting Destination for Mothers and Sons Iconic Gay Bar an Inviting Destination for Mothers and Sons
Bobby Steggert (he plays Will Ogden) and Tom Kirdahy (producer) represented Terrence McNally's Mothers and Sons as they celebrated 30 Days of Pride with Playbill. Steggert and Kirdahy took a trip to Greenwich Village to visit the Stonewall Inn, the scene of a June 28, 1969 riot that is regarded as the seminal event in starting the gay rights movement. The pair chatted about the history of the landmark and its importance to gay culture then and now. Watch Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty look back at their song "Make Them Hear You" being used as an anthem for gay pride.
Ahrens and Flaherty: Ahrens and Flaherty: "Raise Your Voice and 'Make Them Hear You'"
Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty sat down with Playbill at 54 Below to chat 30 Days of Pride. Even with a history of crafting songs about the power of the individual and self-fulfillment, the Tony-winning songwriting team was shocked to hear one of their tunes in a news report on CNN — the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington chose to sing Ragtime's "Make Them Hear You" on the steps of the Supreme Court to celebrate the overturning of DOMA and Prop 8 on June 26, 2013. Watch Barrett Foa talk about the themes of pride and self-fulfillment in Buyer & Cellar.
Barrett, Barbra and the Zen of the Diva in Buyer & Cellar Barrett, Barbra and the Zen of the Diva in Buyer & Cellar
Barrett Foa ("NCIS: Los Angeles," "Submissions Only," "Entourage") recently stepped into Buyer & Cellar, the one person/six character show that recounts the (fictional) tale of working in the underground mall (NOT fictional) in diva Barbra Streisand's home. Here, Foa met up with Playbill to chat about the themes of the show and their relevance to Pride Month for Playbill's 30 Days of Pride. Watch as Linzi Hateley celebrates Pride Month by dedicating "Hold On" to anyone weathering the storms of life.
Linzi Hateley Gives The Secret Garden's Linzi Hateley Gives The Secret Garden's "Hold On" the 30 Days of Pride Treatment
Star of the original Broadway production of Carrie, Linzi Hateley met up with Playbill at speakeasy-styled cabaret spot 54 Below to talk gay pride. Hateley looked back at her career and the societal changes that have come during her years on the stage. She then performed "Hold On" from The Secret Garden in honor of all those battling stormy weather in their lives. Watch Leslie Uggams celebrate gay pride and the month of June.
A Former Elphaba and an Ex-Mormon Ready for Night of a Thousand Judys A Former Elphaba and an Ex-Mormon Ready for Night of a Thousand Judys
Julia Murney (Wicked) and Rory O'Malley (The Book of Mormon) hit the rehearsal studio to run though tunes for the June 16 performance of Night of a Thousand Judys. For the fourth consecutive year, some of Broadway's brightest stars will come together to sing tunes made famous by the late great Judy Garland in support of the Ali Forney Center, an organization that shelters homeless LGBT youth. Read the Playbill story.
 
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