Same-Sex Parents in the Broadway Community Take Pride in Being a Family

By Michael Gioia
02 Jun 2014

Leslie Stifelman and Melissa Rae Mahon with son Jack
Leslie Stifelman and Melissa Rae Mahon with son Jack

As part of Playbill.com's 30 Days of Pride, we interview three sets of same-sex parents within the Broadway community. The three couples talk child-rearing, long-distance parenting, Ricky Martin and how they take pride in being families in our community.

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"Putting your kids to bed has nothing to do with being gay or straight," explained Nick Scandalios, the executive vice president of Broadway's Nederlander Organization and the chair on the board of directors at the Family Equality Council. "Putting your kids to bed matters to them."

Although Broadway curtains come down between 10 and 11 PM, Scandalios, along with his partner of nearly 13 years (and soon-to-be husband) Ric Swezey, make sure to tuck in their six-year-old twins, Kate and Luke.



"Our daughter literally will count how many nights we didn't put her to bed and put her foot down," he continued, "so we manage…and say, 'How are we going to do this?'"

Parenting in the Broadway community can prove to be quite the challenge, yet Scandalios and Swezey, wives Leslie Stifelman and Melissa Rae Mahon (the music director-conductor and a performer for Chicago, respectively), and husbands Daniel Torres (an understudy in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and recent Evita revival) and Matthew Tweardy take the tests in stride.

"You don't know tired until you've had a baby," admitted Mahon, who met her wife in August 2006 while auditioning for the long-running Broadway staple. "You actually don't realize that you don't need sleep. You can still work, you can still sing and dance, and do all the other things you have to do as a human being."

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