5. Arnold – Torch Song Trilogy by Harvey Fierstein
Smash hit Torch Song Trilogy's watershed 1,222 performance-run on Broadway was especially significant because its lead character Arnold, was effeminate, to be sure, "gay acting," if you will — but he was not the butt of a joke or a victim suffering from circumstance. Life was tough at times for Arnold, but he knew who he was and what he wanted, which was basically love — from another man, from his mother, as a performer from his audiences and as a person from the people in his world. It's heartening to watch Arnold get all the love he deserves, ultimately just by being himself.