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Magic Michael

Magic Michael

BY DAVID NOH | I’ll start with a confession, and some of you may relate: I was hesitant to interview Michael Urie. He’s so very talented, smart, funny, and handsome that I thought — in a very special and gay insecure way — “He’s got to be a bitch.” What a pleasure, then, to report that […]

Living History

Living History

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | When it comes to queer theater, no one is more talented — or eminently influential — than Harvey Fierstein. “Torch Song Trilogy,” “La Cage Aux Folles,” “Hairspray,” “Casa Valentina,” “Kinky Boots” — these are just a few of the iconic works he wrote or starred in (or both). And remember, he […]

Dressed to Thrill

Dressed to Thrill

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Last week two shows examining the politics of gender identity opened on Broadway, yet they are polar opposites on nearly every level. “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” is a rough-and-tumble rock musical in the vein of glam rock bands from the 1970s — think David Bowie or Iggy Pop — where androgyny, […]

Pride Celebrated by the City Council

Pride Celebrated by the City Council

PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO | If it’s June, there’s a good chance you’ve received a Pride celebration invitation or email notice from one or more elected officials. On June 10 at the Great Hall at Cooper Union, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and her out lesbian and gay colleagues — Rosie Mendez, Daniel Dromm, and […]

Show Your Pride

Show Your Pride

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | You’re in New York to celebrate Pride –– or you have friends visiting for Pride –– and you want to see a show. Obviously, I support that. But if you haven’t planned ahead, getting tickets can be a challenge, particularly for the most popular shows. We couldn’t find tickets for “Matilda” […]

Flat Footed

Flat Footed

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | “Sex shouldn’t be comfy,” chides a drag queen in “Kinky Boots” after inspecting a pair of dowdy boots with a sensible block heel that a clueless shoemaker crafted for her. “Comfy is what’s putting you out of business.” Pity that the creative team chose to ignore this warning, producing a formulaic, feel-good […]

Jodie Foster’s Confounding ‘Coming Out’ Speech

Jodie Foster’s Confounding ‘Coming Out’ Speech

BY ANDY HUMM | For someone so concerned about her privacy, Jodie Foster picked a hell of time to take her biggest step so far in coming out publicly — her rambling acceptance speech at the Golden Globes as she received the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award on January 13. She first teased the […]