Fall Preview 2018: 5 Queer Broadway Shows to Believe In

Get the scoop on these must-see LGBTQ-inclusive plays and musicals.

Broadway audiences have already been #blessed this year by major revivals of Angels in America and The Boys in the Band, not to mention Peppermint making herstory in Head Over Heels, but the Great Work continues for New York theatergoers this fall.

Mark your calendars for these five buzzworthy Broadway shows with special LGBTQ interest.

  1. The Nap

    Richard Bean’s (One Man, Two Guvnors) comedy thriller about snooker, the British version of pool, stars Pride breakout Ben Schnetzer as a young player who attends a championship tournament and finds himself sunk in a pocket of shady dealings with characters as colorful as his billiard balls. Transparent’s Alexandra Billings co-stars as Waxy Bush, a mobster she describes to NewNowNext as “a middle-aged, transgender woman who lost her arm in a car accident.”

    Now in previews, opens September 27 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

  2. Torch Song

    Harvey Fierstein’s seminal Tony-winning play Torch Song Trilogy, newly streamlined and renamed, will once again illuminate Broadway. In fact, last year’s acclaimed 35th anniversary off-Broadway revival, helmed by Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project), transfers to the same theater where the play made its 1982 Broadway premiere. Filling the iconic role Fierstein originated, Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie reprises his performance as Arnold Beckoff, a New York drag queen with a complicated love life, and Mercedes Ruehl returns as Arnold’s disapproving Jewish mother.

    Starts October 9, opens November 1 at the Hayes Theatre.

  3. The Prom

    Finally, a mainstream musical comedy about high school lesbians! Written by Chad Beguelin (Aladdin), Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone), and Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer), this ripped-from-the-headlines show stars Caitlin Kinnunen as Emma, a small-town Indiana girl whose prom is canceled after she’s forbidden to bring her girlfriend. Enter a troupe of eccentric Broadway actors (hey, Christopher Sieber!) to save the day—whether she likes it or not. Casey Nicholaw (Mean Girls) directs and choreographs.

    Starts October 21, opens November 15 at the Longacre Theatre.

  4. The Cher Show

    If we could turn forward time! Following a Chicago premiere that Cher herself attended and critiqued, this jukebox bio-musical comes to Broadway with Teal Wicks, Micaela Diamond, and Falsettos’ Stephanie J. Block playing the icon at three different stages in her illustrious career. It takes a gay village: Directed by Jason Moore (Avenue Q) and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli (Newsies), the show features a book by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys) and costumes by legendary designer Bob Mackie (portrayed by Michael Berresse), who has collaborated with Cher since 1967.

    Starts November 1, opens December 3 at the Neil Simon Theatre.

  5. Choir Boy

    Tarell Alvin McCraney, Oscar-winning co-writer and executive producer of Moonlight, makes his Broadway debut with this coming-of-age drama, which premiered off-Broadway in 2013. Directed by Trip Cullman (Six Degrees of Separation) and uplifted by gospel songs, the show stars Jeremy Pope (The View UpStairs) as Pharus, a passionate choir leader whose effeminate behavior invites homophobic taunts from his classmates and contempt from his headmaster at an elite boarding school for black men.

    Starts December 27, opens January 22, 2019, at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

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