PLAYBILL PICKS: The Top Theatre Stories of 2011 From Spider-Man to Sondheim to Site-Specific Shows

By Robert Simonson
23 Dec 2011

Joe Mantello in The Normal Heart.
photo by Joan Marcus

KEEP IT GAY: Gay marriage became legal in New York State this year (read the theatre community's response). And, the theatre seemed to reflect and celebrate the sea change. Larry Kramer's seminal play The Normal Heart finally made it to Broadway, and won the Tony for Best Play Revival (read Playbill magazine's A Life in the Theatre feature on producer Daryl Roth and the Playbill On Opening Night coverage). 8, the new drama by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black that chronicles the reversal of California's anti-gay marriage legislation, Prop. 8, received a starry Broadway concert staging Sept. 19. And, Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, a mix of short plays that addressed the on-going battle for marriage equality throughout the United States, ran at Off-Broadway's Minetta Lane Theatre after a run in California.