Photos: Life Jacket Theatre Company Presents Industry Reading of New Musical, THE GORGEOUS NOTHINGS

Based on documentary research, The Gorgeous Nothings dramatizes the stories of 6 inmates of the “Fag Ward” at NYC’s Penitentiary during the 1930s.

By: Feb. 29, 2024
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See photos of Life Jacket Theatre Company's industry reading of its new musical, The Gorgeous Nothings, at New York Live Arts. 

Based on documentary research, The Gorgeous Nothings dramatizes the stories of 6 inmates of the “Fag Ward” at NYC’s Penitentiary during the 1930s. Blending re-discovered songs from the Great American Songbook and in-depth archival research, this show excavates, interrogates, and theatricalizes a forgotten chapter of America’s Queer History.

The cast included Rodney Hicks (Come From Away), John Cariani (The Band’s Visit), Arnie Burton (Peter & The Starcatcher), Jose Llana (Here Lies Love), Ken Barnett (Fun Home), and Allan K. Washington (Once on This Island).

Photo Credit: Alexa Jae

Photos: Life Jacket Theatre Company Presents Industry Reading of New Musical, THE GORGEOUS NOTHINGS
Allan K. Washington

Photos: Life Jacket Theatre Company Presents Industry Reading of New Musical, THE GORGEOUS NOTHINGS
Arnie Burton

Photos: Life Jacket Theatre Company Presents Industry Reading of New Musical, THE GORGEOUS NOTHINGS
Arnie Burton

Photos: Life Jacket Theatre Company Presents Industry Reading of New Musical, THE GORGEOUS NOTHINGS
Arnie Burton, Ken Barnett, Jose Llana

Photos: Life Jacket Theatre Company Presents Industry Reading of New Musical, THE GORGEOUS NOTHINGS
The Cast of THE GORGEOUS NOTHINGS

Photos: Life Jacket Theatre Company Presents Industry Reading of New Musical, THE GORGEOUS NOTHINGS
The Cast of THE GORGEOUS NOTHINGS

Photos: Life Jacket Theatre Company Presents Industry Reading of New Musical, THE GORGEOUS NOTHINGS
The Cast of THE GORGEOUS NOTHINGS

Photos: Life Jacket Theatre Company Presents Industry Reading of New Musical, THE GORGEOUS NOTHINGS
John Cariani

Photos: Life Jacket Theatre Company Presents Industry Reading of New Musical, THE GORGEOUS NOTHINGS
Ken Barnett

Photos: Life Jacket Theatre Company Presents Industry Reading of New Musical, THE GORGEOUS NOTHINGS
Rodney Hicks

Photos: Life Jacket Theatre Company Presents Industry Reading of New Musical, THE GORGEOUS NOTHINGS
Rodney Hicks & Arnie Burton



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