Tony Award® winner Kristin Chenoweth stars in the New York Premiere of I AM HARVEY MILK, the acclaimed oratorio composed by and also starring Tony nominee Andrew Lippa at Lincoln Center – Avery Fischer Hall on October 6th, 2014 @ 7:30 pm.
I AM HARVEY MILK tells the story of Milk’s life — from becoming the first openly gay man in public office to his assassination — in an emotional tribute to this true American icon. Celebrate the incredible life and legacy of Harvey Milk at this one-night-only concert event to benefit the Harvey Milk Arts Fund.
The New York Premiere of I Am Harvey Milk will also feature, the Orchestra of St Luke’s and the 120 member All-Star Broadway Men’s Chorus
Tickets are available at the Avery Fischer Hall Box Office, by phone @212-721-6000, or Click Here
Ramin and his friendly dildo!
“Whether he intended it to or not, Ramin Setoodeh’s article in Newsweek sends a false and damaging message about gay actors by endorsing the idea that there are limits to the roles they are able to play.
If Setoodeh wanted to start a discussion about the work of gay performers, he undermined his own premise by affirming stereotype after stereotype, such as gay actors being ‘insincere’ or unbelievable when playing romantic leads, and dismissing or disregarding the work of actors like Neil Patrick Harris, Cheyenne Jackson, Cherry Jones, Wanda Sykes, Jonathan Groff and Alan Cumming, among others.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender actors can play a wide variety of diverse roles and Setoodeh’s perspective on this issue reflects his own discomfort that he attempts to project onto the audience by indicting Sean Hayes instead of examining his own inability to embrace gay actors in straight roles.
Since the article’s publication, Setoodeh has attempted to reframe his opinion piece as an analysis of the lack of gay men in leading roles, however, he continues to posit that gay male actors are not believable. In his May 11th interview with Joy Behar, Setoodeh claims about Neil Patrick Harris’ television role: ‘He’s not really a romantic lead where women are actually supposed to believe him as a heterosexual character.’
Whatever Setoodeh’s intentions or beliefs, Newsweek is ultimately responsible for having published this deeply problematic essay and consciously or not, promoting and encouraging Setoodeh’s discomfort.
GLAAD has been in dialogue with Newsweek to provide space for views on the subject that expand their readers’ understanding of this issue past the harmful attitudes of writers like Setoodeh, whose perspective is used to pressure gay actors to stay closeted.
Last week Newsweek published truly offenive article by Ramin Setoodah titled “Straight Jacket“, in which he claims that gay actors cannot convincingly play straight roles. (Which is laughable considering how man closeted gay men in Hollywood actually do.) Setoodah who uses barely veiled homopobia when writings on gay topics. (Either because of an internalized problem that he has or for sensationalism reasons had even gone so far in the past to suggust that Lawrence King (who I believe was 15) “had it coming” because his experimenting with his gender identity “made others uncomfortable”.
Kristin who is currently starring in Broadway’s Promises, Promises opposite Sean Hayes, whom Setoodah describes as “the pink elephant in the room.” wrote a letter to Newsweek blasting its irresponsibility for publishing such an article and condemning Setoodah for writing such irresponsible homophobic garbage.
“As someone who’s been proudly advocating for equal rights and supporting GLBT causes for as long as I can remember, I know how much it means to young people struggling with their sexuality to see out & proud actors like Sean Hayes, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris and Cynthia Nixon succeeding in their work without having to keep their sexuality a secret.
No one needs to see a bigoted, factually inaccurate article that tells people who deviate from heterosexual norms that they can’t be open about who they are and still achieve their dreams. I am told on good authority that Mr. Setoodeh is a gay man himself and I would hope, as the author of this article, he would at least understand that. I encourage Newsweek to embrace stories which promote acceptance, love, unity and singing and dancing for all!” – Kristin Chenoweth