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  • Kevin Spacey 2017 Tony Awards Host  Apr 19 2017, 12:09:58 PM

    And let's not forget the younger set like Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto and Jonathan Groff.  I won't argue that the world in 1995 (when the Usual Supsects came out) was a friendly world for an actor to be out.  But in 2017?  While playing one of the most compelling queer characters created on television in HOUSE OF CARDS?  Mary, please.  

    In all seriousness, he can do whatever he wants.  I just wish he'd use the power of his celebrity for good in

  • Kevin Spacey 2017 Tony Awards Host  Apr 19 2017, 11:54:15 AM

    Ian McKellen was nommed the year before Spacey won for American Beauty.  

  • Kevin Spacey 2017 Tony Awards Host  Apr 19 2017, 11:45:56 AM

    newintown said: ""Are people really saying that, or are they just acknowledging that Kevin spacey has never outted himself, so maybe its his desire to keep his sexual preference private?"

    It's the SAME THING.


    LITERALLY.  And that's not the new use of that word meaning 'metaphorically.'  


  • Kevin Spacey 2017 Tony Awards Host  Apr 19 2017, 11:37:40 AM

    I'm also sitting here dumbfounded that people are still equating being gay with something that is (or should be) private.  Maybe it's simply that I've been out for so long, but my being gay is essential in knowing me.  I mean...people don't need to know if I'm a top or a bottom or vers.  THAT is private information.  But Jesus...I'm planning on marrying someday.  That is a public declaration of a relationship.  We no longer live in a time

  • Kevin Spacey 2017 Tony Awards Host  Apr 19 2017, 11:11:51 AM

    I would like to point out that the conversation about a celebrity being closeted and the conversation about alleged predatory behavior are not, in fact, separate conversations.   It is because a celebrity retains the power of the closet that he is able to get away with behavior that many of us would find distasteful, at best.  He has power as an A-lister, meaning he can dictate what the press can ask him or even report about him.  And because journalists STILL don't kn

  • Kevin Spacey 2017 Tony Awards Host  Apr 19 2017, 10:47:07 AM

    My out-for-25-years gay ass says, 'J'adore, Dior' to you, growl!  

    (ETA: Holy f*ck, I just realized this is my 25th anniversary out of the closet.  My gayness can now rent a car!!)

  • Kevin Spacey 2017 Tony Awards Host  Apr 19 2017, 10:30:51 AM

    Coming out of the closest is the only way to increase queer the media and elsewhere.  I cannot believe that we are still having this conversation on this board.  I go back to the olden days of BWW and we seem to not be able to get off this carousel ride.  Yes...Spacey and every other gay celebrity can absolutely stay in their glass closets.  And I can have a very strong opinion about that.  Namely, I think it's repugnant.  A b

  • Diversity on Broadway  Oct 21 2015, 11:47:09 AM

    Wait wait wait wait wait. 


    I'm Italian.  Does this mean I am 'of color'?????


    Huzzah!  Imma go run around Harlem screaming 'N*gga, please' and see how well that works out for me!

  • Diversity on Broadway  Oct 21 2015, 10:11:48 AM

    Thanks to my cis, white male privilege, I think this thread is HILARIOUS.


    But, my friends of color, how do you put up with this?  HOW?

  • Diversity on Broadway  Oct 20 2015, 05:07:02 PM

    God, I love when it crosses over from awful to full-tilt bat-sh*t crazy!

  • Diversity on Broadway  Oct 20 2015, 11:03:25 AM

    I have friends involved with that show, newintown, so I'm excited to see them in it.


    But I had the exact same reaction as you when I saw the announcement.  That sure is a whole lotta white folks.  

  • Diversity on Broadway  Oct 15 2015, 01:00:20 PM

    newintown said: "I suspect that RippedMan is not telling people of color to get out there and help themselves; it seems that he is telling white people to do more than just say that they care.


    If that's the case, then I agree with him.  

  • Diversity on Broadway  Oct 15 2015, 12:41:47 PM

    You're about *thisclose* to the 'Why the black people gotta be lazy and shiftless??  Why can't they help themselves???'


    White people love nothing more than a black celebrity who now has a modicum of privilege telling other people of color that all you have to do is go out and make the change yourself!  To get an idea of what POC are actually up against institutionally in this business, look no further than Matt Damon explaining to a b

  • Diversity on Broadway  Oct 15 2015, 11:37:44 AM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.  Oh this thread.  Hilarity.  And sadness. It's a steel magnolia!


    I recently read Ta-Nehisi Coates' book Between the World and Me, and it's really shifted (and in some ways) clarified my thinking on race.  I highly recommend it to every last person in this thread.


    The one thing that I came away with is, it's fine to have my own opinions as a white-presenting man.  But I don't act

  • Your favorite musical theatre song most people may not be familiar with  Oct 6 2015, 11:45:03 AM

    Oooooh, doodle!  Prettybelle!  I absolutely adore 'To a Small Degree'.


    Someone recently asked me what my favorite song was that I've ever performed, and I surprised him (and myself) when I said 'Serenade' from The Baker's Wife.  It's such a heartbreaking quartet, and it's the first thing that comes into my mind when i think of my favorite moments on stage.  

  • 1776 Casting  Sep 24 2015, 11:39:19 AM

    Um.  No.  I don't.  But thanks for telling me how I feel.

    As an audience member, I don't give a Shit.  But as we're sitting here, talking about casting this show, I start to think about the choices I would personally make and how I would try to be mindful that any casting choices wouldn't send a message I wasn't intending (like the situation I described with Damn Yankees).  As a cis, white man, I'd want to put thought into it were I invol

  • 1776 Casting  Sep 24 2015, 11:28:11 AM

    I don't disagree at all.  I think any kind of casting can work for this.  I just think it needs to be more 'thoughtful' than 'blind,' is what I guess I'm saying.  

  • 1776 Casting  Sep 24 2015, 11:16:45 AM

    Well...I don't agree that this is the same as a Shakespeare production.  One of the central conflicts is over slavery in the Colonies.  So, I don't know how color 'blind' it will be.  A decision will have to be made over what kind of message to send with Molasses to Rum to Slaves.  There should be thought given to that decision.  


    A friend was cast as Young Joe in a college production of DAMN YANKEES.  Old Joe was cast with a bl

  • 1776 Casting  Sep 24 2015, 10:55:59 AM

    I feel like such a white douche asking this question, but who are the actors of Native American descent that could find their way into this show?  

  • 1776 Casting  Sep 24 2015, 10:33:03 AM

    And, of course, 'diversity' doesn't mean everybody gonna be black.  How about:

    Jose Llana for Rutledge
    Stephen McKinley Henderson for Franklin
    Guillermo Diaz for Adams

    If only Renee Elise Goldsberry and Phillipa Soo were available as Abigail and Martha, respectively.  So how about Anika Noni Rose and Ashley Park?  Or maybe Karen Olivo might make a beautiful Abigail.  I'm very interested to see who gets cast!