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Let me put it this way: Yes, I have my preferences when it comes to the Tonys this year. I have my predictions. There are some performers that I feel should win over others. There are some performers/artists that I feel were robbed of their nominations. There are categories where literally all of the nominees I’m 100% torn on who should win because they are all EXTREMELY talented, gifted, hard working performers that deserve the literally sun for all their dedication to their roles. There will be moments tomorrow where someone will win and it will be bittersweet because one of my favorites won, yet one of my favorites did not.
So I’m saying right here and now, it doesn’t matter who gets to make the speeches tomorrow night. It doesn’t matter who gets to take home a trophy to sit on their mantle.
What matters is the fanbase behind that person or show and how much support and love the fans give them. What matters is that these people are continually fueling our dreams as theatre kids, theatre goers, and supporters of the arts.
Don’t turn the Tonys into a civil war amongst shows OR people. The arts is a collective expression of creativity. One person would not be winning an award without a multitude of people and fans behind them to support their efforts. The arts should not be so competitive that one show’s fans are angry at another show’s fans because “they got the fancy little trophy that so-and-so deserved.”
Don’t turn theatre into a battlefield this year. Keep the Tony’s fun for those of us who just want to dream of one day walking across that stage ourselves and accepting that spinny little trophy.
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.