"A Tight Knit Family": From Falsettos to Mothers and Sons, a Look at Gay Families on the Stage

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30 Jun 2014

In honor of Pride, Playbill.com looks at the portrayal of same-sex parents and families onstage throughout the years.


Families have long served as a source of drama, from Oedipus to the current, Tony-winning musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. Exploring resentment, love, happiness and tragedy, parents and children have continuously provided material for playwrights and composers.

In the past few decades, the families that have been portrayed onstage have expanded, moving from heterosexual husbands and wives to a more diverse representation of relationships, including same-sex partners and parents. In honor of Pride, Playbill.com has assembled a collection of characters that represent same-sex parents in the dramatic canon.


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