Pride weekend is here! Between WorldPride festivities and honoring the 50th anniversary of Stonewall and the modern Pride movement, find which LGBTQ+ show inspires your astrological sign. Want to see and learn about even more LGBTQ+ shows that have taken the stage? Read about the 37 musicals that brought LGBTQ+ experiences to the stage and 36 plays that brought LGBTQ+ experiences to the stage.
(March 21–April 19)
Aries are passionate and confident, much like Kinky Boots' Lola. Both certainly know how to enter a room with pizzazz, and both strive to speak their mind and amplify their truth. When Charlie Price proposes that he and Lola go into business together to design and produce boots for drag queens (in an attempt to save his family's shoe factory), Lola musters the courage to return to a place that has never been a safe space for her to be herself. She confronts intolerance and discrimination with ferocity, kindness, and a sparkly heel. Not only does Kinky Boots offer a electro-pop score from Cindi Lauper that matches an Aries' energy, it truly celebrates everyone—triumphantly.
(April 20–May 20)
The Color Purple
Tauruses appreciate beauty and creativity, and love to enjoy the finer things in life. As an earth sign, they are grounded and diligent—they can weather anything the world throws at them, much like Celie in The Color Purple. Celie endures unspeakable pain and yet still presses forward. What begins as a fascination and infatuation with Shug Avery's charm and glamour turns into joy and true intimacy through Celie's relationship with Shug. Most importantly, we see Celie develop love and appreciation for herself, and that is certainly something of which to be proud.
(May 21–June 20)
Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes
Geminis are expressive and inquisitive, always seeking more information and knowledge. By the end of the two-part play that focuses on the AIDS crisis in 1980s New York City, the characters of Angels in America have reached a new tier of enlightenment, with an acknowledgment they have even more to learn. In a time where LGBTQ+ lives were severely neglected by the country at large, the bravest thing to do was (and still is) to live out loud and proud. Like Prior says at the end of the play, "The Great Work continues," which affirms his intention to live on and prompts the audience with a hopeful call-to-action.
(June 21–July 22)
Family and community are two of the most important ideas to Cancers. Once they create an emotional attachment to someone, that bond becomes sacred, no matter how much that bond is bent or fractured. Similar to Falsettos' Marvin, who yearned for a tight-knit family made up of his son, his ex-wife, and his boyfriend, even if it was perceived as unconventional during 1979. As the characters of Falsettos navigate their new relationships, they prove not only is love blind and can tell a million stories, but that family has so many different definitions—and a chosen family can still feel like home.
(July 23–August 22)
La Cage aux Folles
Unapologetically themselves and unabashedly confident? It must be a Leo! Like La Cage's Albin, Leos are creative, cheerful, and shine no matter where they are, especially on stage and in the spotlight. Albin is (as are Leos) also extremely heartfelt and generous, and changes aspects of himself to support his husband Georges and Georges' son Jean-Michel. But at the end of the day, Albin must stay true to himself—especially when confronting homophobia. With music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Harvey Fierstein, this larger-than-life musical will satisfy any Leo.
(August 23–September 22)
Virgos are always perfecting every last detail, because they would rather make sure it gets done right than leave something to chance. This need for perfection may make them seem overly critical or worrisome, but in fact, it's because they care so much! Just like in Fun Home, when Medium Alison has her first sexual experience with a woman, and her fretting over if she was too enthusiastic or was going to pass out due to overwhelming lust turns into gleeful pondering of just how much this experience means to her. Even with her interactions with her family, Alison often reflects internally of how she can better engage with them on an emotionally intimate level. With a soaring score by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, any Virgo can appreciate the journey of Alison Bechdel.
(September 23–October 22)
The Laramie Project
Libras are diplomatic and intellectually-minded individuals who are more interested in exploring a plurality of ideas and perspectives, rather than being quick to judge. More than anything, they want to understand others’ points of view, and use that knowledge to help create change for the better, which is why they would be drawn to The Laramie Project. The Laramie Project is a piece of documentary theatre written and originally produced by Moisés Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre project. Over many months following the murder of young gay man Matthew Shepard, the members of the company documented the experience of immersing themselves in the community of Laramie, Wyoming to conduct interviews with the queer and straight residents about the experience of their town becoming flashpoint for controversies around LGBTQ+ rights in the late 90s. Featuring dozens of characters ranging from Matthew Shepard’s friends and family, closeted and out members of the queer community, to Westboro Baptist church members, The Laramie Project provides an unflinching look at a community divided, but determined to change for the better.
(October 23–November 21)
Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song
Scorpios have the powerful force-of-will of a fire-sign, but their true nature as water signs comes across in their tender and empathetic nature. They will never give up on their vision for the lives they want to lead, much like the character of Arnold in Harvey Fierstein’s groundbreaking play, Torch Song. Torch Song centers on a young gay man and drag performer named Arnold who dreams of finding a loving relationship with another man and raising a child together. Despite the disapproval of his mother, who struggles to reconcile with her son’s identity, in true Scorpio style he refuses to give up on his dream (or lose his sense of humor and optimism) despite the various heartbreaks and losses he suffers over the years.
(November 22–December 21)
Bright, innovative, and never bound by convention, Sagittarians are famous for their joie de vivre and infatuation with new ideas—much like the characters of Jonathan Larson’s Rent. The show is beloved for its unforgettable songs, and for its celebration of all forms of love. Rent manages to illustrate multiple forms of queer-identity (homosexuality, bisexuality, gender nonconformity, just to name a few) through a diverse cast of compelling and fully-realized characters, and was one of the first musicals to feature multiple HIV-positive characters during the height of the AIDS epidemic. A Sagittarius will connect with Rent’s messages about seizing the day and the characters’ dreams of creating powerful, meaningful work that will outlive them.
(December 22–January 19)
Capricorns always set high expectations for themselves, and will put in the work to reach their ambitious goals. Choir Boy's Pharus has worked hard to become choir leader, and won't let obstacles stand in his way. Peeling back the layers to understand your identity in high school can be overwhelming, and layering homophobia and discrimination on top of that makes it even more difficult. Navigating relationships and classroom politics (all while listening to the smooth vocals of this all-male ensemble) will be sure to fascinate any Capricorn.
(January 20–February 18)
Aquarians are best-known for being creative, daring, and always a little ahead of their time. They often have to fight to get people to understand and appreciate their forward-thinking ideas—much like protagonist Sholem Asch in Paula Vogel’s Indecent. Based on the true story of the first Jewish play to ever be produced on Broadway during the 1920s, playwright Asch meets no small amount of controversy when it comes his play about a lesbian romance. Vogel’s play follows God of Vengeance from its first performances in Europe to Broadway (where it made history for featuring first gay kiss in Broadway history), its forcible closure and indecency trial, and ultimately into its lasting legacy. Indecent is a remarkable play with a mix of song and prose, Yiddish and English, sorrow and triumph that is sure to inspire any Aquarius to remain true to their visions.
(February 19–March 20)
Pisces are famed for their warm, earnest natures, and can't help but wear their hearts on their sleeves at all times—much like the characters of Emma and Alyssa in The Prom. All the two young women want is to dance with each other at prom without fear of being ostracized by their peers. Though the girls struggle with the pressure to come out publicly (or stay in the closet), both Emma and Alyssa find the strength from their love to be truthful to who they truly are.