|Last Year's 100 covers, featuring Larry Kramer,|
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Kathy Griffin
As you might expect, the Broadway is once again well represented. Of the 22 names revealed so far, eight have connections to the New York Theatre scene. If these first honorees are any indication of what's to come, there is a nice representation of long standing members and activists of the community, and an emphasis on the new generation of young up and comers who represent a new kind of activism: they live their lives openly and lead by example.
Here at those first 8 that made the 2012 OUT100:
|Elton John and David Furnish (Photo by M. Sharkey)|
Known for: Elton: Rock 'n roll legend, Broadway composer, AIDS activist; David: Filmmaker, theatre producer and AIDS activist
Theatre Connection: Furnish and John produced the play Next Fall on Broadway. John has written the scores for AIDA, Lestat, Billy Elliot and a little show called The Lion King.
Activism: John and husband Furnish run the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which distributes millions of dollars worldwide in support of AIDS prevention and education programs. They have raised some $275 million for this worthy cause.
|Terrence McNally (Photo by M. Sharkey)|
Known for: writing plays and musicals with gay characters, thees and stories for mainstream culture
Theatre Connection: Where to start? I'll just list a few of his works: The Ritz, Lisbon Traviata, Lips Together Teeth Apart, The Full Monty, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Love! Valour! Compassion!, and Corpus Christi, not to mention Ragtime and Master Class.
Activism: He has, for decades, been a prominent voice for bringing gay issues to the widest possible audience.
All of these talented young men lead by example, as out, proud leaders of their profession and role models for future generations of youth, LGBT AND straight.
|John Tiffany (Photo by M. Sharkey)|
Theatre Connection: He won a Tony for directing his Broadway debut musical, Once. Up next: The Glass Menagerie with Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto.
|Gideon Glick (Photo by M.Sharkey)|
|Jonathan Del Arco (TV actor), Jason Moore, Andy Mientus|
and Michael Arden (Photo by M. Sharkey)
Theatre Connection: Tony-nominee for Avenue Q, Steel Magnolias
Michael Arden, Gideon Glick, and Andy Mientus, Actors
Theatre Connecton: Michael: Big River, The Times They Are A-Changin', bare (the original New York production); Gideon: Spring Awakening, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Wild Animals You Should Know, Into the Woods (Public Theater's revival in the Park); Andy Mientus: RENT, Spring Awakening (regional), off-Broadway's Carrie, TV's Smash (upcoming Season 2)
More of the list will be published as the month goes on. To read about each honoree, click HERE.
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