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Well, my "little vacation" ended up lasting two and a half years... funny how life steers your life in directions you weren't planning on. I'll start off with occasional posts, but I fully plan to resume this blog to full speed by the new year.

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Jeff

Saturday, November 19, 2011

OUT Magazine's Out 100: The Broadway Connection 2

A while back, I blogged about some of the folks that made this year's Out 100 list in OUT Magazine.  To see and read about the Broadway-related celebs I already talked about, click HERE.

Before I introduce the remaining six theatre honorees, here are two pictures of folks I already talked about.  These and all the other photos are by the completely genius Gavin Bond.

Here is comedienne/actress/activist Sandra Bernhard.



And here is legendary activist and playwright Larry Kramer.


Now, the full list is out, and the theatre community has six more names on that who's who roster, for a total of 14!  Not bad!  Congratulations to all 100 of you, and thank you for making a difference!

Kathy Griffin
Entertainer of the Year

Kathy Griffin, Entertainer of the Year

  • Known For: Being a stand-up comic and TV personality, formerly of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List
  • Theatre Connection: Over the summer, she made her Broadway debut at the Belasco Theatre in Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony
  • Activism: Through her humor and very public relationship with her friends, "the gays," Griffin makes gay-straight alliance an every day thing.  And she is a tireless supporter of equal rights for the LGBT community.


Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Artist of the Year

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Artist of the Year

  • Known For: Playing Mitchell on TV's Emmy-winning Best Comedy, Modern Family
  • Theatre Connection: Though TV has him pretty busy these days, he is still a regular on Broadway's red carpets and other events.  On Broadway, he has starred in On the Town and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
  • Activism:  He is a role model on TV as a happily partnered parent, and in real-life he is a role model for young gay men everywhere by living by example.



Mx. Justin Vivian Bond

Justin Vivian Bond, Actor/Performer

  • Known For: His gender-bending act, Kiki and Herb.
  • Theatre Connection: With his partner, Kenny Mellman, he wrote, created and starred in the Tony-nominated Kiki and Herb: Alive on Broadway (2006 Special Theatrical Event).
  • Activism: He walks the walk and talks the talk.  He prefers to be called "Mx" instead of "Mr", and continues to be a strong and entertaining voice in the gay community.


Charles Busch

Charles Busch, Playwright and Actor

  • Known For: Decades of theatre that embraces every kind of love, all with a campy, light and wry sense of humor.
  • Theatre Connection: Most recently, Olive and the Bitter Herbs and Divine Sister.  Over the years, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, one of off-Broadway's longest-running shows of all time, Psycho Beach Party and the Broadway smash hit comedy, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife.
  • Activism: He has helped to bring drag performing into the mainstream, proving that it can be more art than camp, and camp with a little art.


Stephen Karam (top left)
and Charles Perez

Stephen Karam, Playwright

  • Known For: Being a young up and coming writer of both plays and operas.
  • Theatre Connection: Currently, his new play about two gay brothers, Sons of the Prophet is a nice big hit at Roundabout Theater's Laura Pels Theatre.
  • Activism: His words are carrying on the tradition of his mentors and idols, Larry Kramer and Terrence McNally.


George C. Wolfe

George C. Wolfe, Playwright and Director

  • Known For: His leadership in the theatre and gay communities.  He was once the head of The Public Theater.
  • Theatre Connection: Writer and Director: Jelly's Last Jam, The Wild Party, Director: Angels in America (Parts I and II), Topdog/Underdog, Noise/Funk; Producer: Take Me Out.  Most recently: A Free Man of Color and the Tony-winning smash hit The Normal Heart.
  • Activism: In part because of his vision, the world has Angels in America, Take Me Out and a revitalized The Normal Heart.  One could say Mr. Wolfe is, indeed, doing his part.


For more information and the complete list, go to http://www.out.com/out-exclusives/out100/2011/11/17/17th-annual-out100#slide-1


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