For a long while, Broadway has been considered somewhat of a haven for the LGBTQ+ community (the past few years, though, have been monumentally lacking). For this post, I’m making a list of LGBTQ+ representation currently on Broadway. This will not include fanon opinions or implied LGBTQ+ characters. I’m talking about characters who either say “I am LGBTQ+/not cis/not straight” outrightly or are seen/discussed as being in a romantic relationship with a same-gender character. I will also only be discussing musicals, as plays have very, very limited accessibility.
Shows that I have not seen before and/or do not have enough information/knowledge to confirm one way or another are labeled with a question mark. If you know about any LGBTQ+ representation in these shows, please reblog with that information, and I’ll update this post accordingly! Also, if I have missed or somehow misinterpreted any representation, please send me an ask, or something, just tell me, and I’ll make the appropriate changes!
Here we go! Happy pride!
A Bronx Tale - No.
Aladdin - None.
Anastasia - No.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical - Nope.
Cats - Nada.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - No.
Chicago - None.
Come From Away - A lot of non-straight characters are in this show! Two of the most prevalent supporting characters are an interracial gay couple! Also, LGB (sadly, no transgender/nonbinary/or otherwise non-cis characters are ever mentioned) family members are mentioned by various other characters. No discussion of non-cis people, though, and all non-straight characters are supporting, not lead.
Dear Evan Hansen - :/// None.
Falsettos - The best! The greatest! The lead character is a Jewish gay man who is in love with another Jewish gay man! Also! An interracial lesbian couple!! The most representation of LGBTQ+ people on Broadway since Fun Home. (Still no non-cis people, though.)
Groundhog Day: The Musical - There is a very minor gay character in this show.
Hamilton - Noooope! (It’s here that I’ll remind you of this: “This will not include fanon opinions or implied LGBTQ+ characters. I’m talking about characters who either say “I am LGBTQ+/not cis/not straight” outrightly or are seen/discussed as being in a legitimate romantic relationship with a same-gender character.”)
Hello, Dolly! -?
In Transit - Yes! Two of the main characters are gay men in love, and the homophobia they face is mentioned a lot as well! I absolutely love this show, and it has wonderful representation all-around as well! (Thank you to @meepzer for pointing out that I forgot to mention it the first time around (I’ve been listened to this cast album on repeat for a month so I don’t know how I did that))
Kinky Boots - No. (Thesecondary main character, named Lola, is a self-described “drag queen”–which, of course, is not, under any circumstances, the same as a trans woman–who mostly uses she/her pronouns but identifies as a man and, if my memory is correct, is only attracted to women.)
Miss Saigon -?
Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 - Kind of? Apparently, at one point, Dave Malloy may have confirmed Anatole to be bisexual, but this is never explicitly mentioned or confirmed in the show itself. Also, there is a lot of same-gender attraction seen in this show–i.e. women dancing with and kissing other women, men dancing with and kissing other men–specifically in the chorus, but no character is ever explicitly mentioned as being LGBTQ+.
On Your Feet! -?
School of Rock: The Musical - Yes! The parents of one of the main characters are gay men! BUT, this show has been criticized for a stereotypical portrayal of gay men :(
Sunset Boulevard - Nope.
The Book of Mormon - There is a gay male supporting character who eventually overcomes his internalized homophobia and leads a self-accepting life.
The Lion King - No.
The Phantom of the Opera - Not at all.
Waitress - None.
War Paint -Yes! There is a gay male supporting character.
Wicked - Nope.
Simply put, there’s a lot of work to be done on Broadway, in relation to LGBTQ+ representation, as well as representation overall.
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I just want to make the best music of all time with my best friends.
You are, Chris, believe me. You’re so selfless that even on your own birthday you gift us, your fans, with more amazing music. Thank you. It’s hard to believe the world has been graced with someone as sweet, as humble, as down to earth, as talented and as positive as you (let’s not forget funny), yet here you are proving time and again that good people do exist and that we should no take them for granted. I’m proud to say I’m your fan and I’ll always love you and the music you wake along with the boys. Happy 40th birthday, you man-child Chris! Hope you never lose your spark.
I tried to find as many birthdays of characters as possible and made a list. If there are any mistakes or you know of any other character birthdays, tell me!
Terrance - January 18 Stuart McCormick - February 15 Timmy Burch - February 24 Randy Marsh - March 1 Kenny McCormick - March 22 Clyde Donovan - April 10 Jimmy Valmer - May 13 Kyle Broflovski - May 26 Jason - June 13 Sheila Broflovski - June 17 Token Black - June 20 Eric Cartman - July 1 Kip Drordy - July 17 Kevin Stoley - July 31 Bebe Stevens - August 13 Butters Stotch - September 11 Mr. Garrison - September 26 Chef - October 4 Gerald Broflovski - October 4 Stan Marsh - October 19 Craig Tucker - October 23 Tweek Tweak - November 10 Phillip - November 12 Shelly Marsh - November 24 Scott Tenorman - December 10 Sharon Marsh - December 16 Wendy Testaburger - December 18 Jesus Christ - December 25
Matt Stone - May 26
Trey Parker - October 19
***Matt shares his birthday with Kyle, and Trey shares his birthday with Stan.