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12 Shows to See for Pride in New York

June 21, 2019 by Michael Gioia
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“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda put it best when said “fill the world with music, love and pride” at the 2016 Tony Awards. As the LGBTQ+ community celebrates 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising and World Pride in New York City, there’s no better place than Broadway and New York’s vibrant theater community to inspire audiences from around the world during Pride Month.

Whether you’re watching the trailblazing teenagers from Broadway’s “The Prom,” who strive for acceptance from their narrow-minded community, or you and your friends sit down for a gay ole time with Blanche, Rose, Dorothy and Sophia in a hilarious parody of the beloved television show “The Golden Girls,” don’t miss out on the plethora of pride-themed shows New York has to offer.

This pop-up experience celebrates queer identity and culture through the universal language of food. Presented by StoryCourse, the concept by Broadway actor Adam Kantor — with a creative team that includes “Dear Evan Hansen” songwriter Benj Pasek and Tony-nominated director Michael Arden — features five personal stories (and five courses!) from a team of LGBTQ+ chefs. With proceeds going to the Hetrick-Martin Institute, “PrideTable” will find its way to your heart through your stomach — so come hungry!

TodayTix Presents Lip Sync Roulette
It’s drag versus Broadway at “TodayTix Presents Lip Sync Roulette.” Hosted by Marti Gould Cummings, the one-night-only event on June 25 — benefitting the Ali Forney Center — will feature lip-synced performances from Frankie Grande, Ethan Slater, Lesli Margherita, Samantha Massell, Adam Kaplan, Noma Dumezweni, and Justin Sargent for Team Broadway and Tina Burner, Kizha Karr, Jaclyn Hyde, Bootsie Lefaris and Chelsea Piers for Team Drag. Do the Broadway stars have what it takes to lip sync for their lives?

Josh Lamon, Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanksas, and Angie Schworer in “The Prom” on Broadway. (Photographed by Deen van Meer)

The Prom
What happens when two lesbian teenagers are banned from attending their prom together? Broadway steps in to save the day! In this hilarious original musical from the creators of “The Wedding Singer” and “Elf,” a group of fading Broadway actors get themselves back in the headlines by flying to a small, conservative town in Indiana to help Emma get to her school dance with her date.

OSCAR at the Crown
There’s a party happening in Brooklyn — and it’s centered around 19th-century Irish poet Oscar Wilde. The immersive club musical at 3 Dollar Bill is the brainchild of The Neon Coven, a collective with a mission to tell stories of “otherness,” and celebrates Wilde’s legacy with none other than queer icons like himself — such as Bravo-lebrities like “The Real Housewives.”

Golden Girls Musical: Pride Edition
Who better to take on Rue McClanahan’s Blanche, Betty White’s Rose, Bea Arthur’s Dorothy, and Estelle Getty’s Sophia than a group of guys — in drag? In the “Pride Edition” of the popular “Golden Girls” parody, the fierce foursome is getting ready for the annual Shady Pines Retirement Home Gay Pride Talent Show when guest star Ricky Martin moves in next door!

Stephanie J. Block (center), Teal Wicks (left), and Micaela Diamond (right) in “The Cher Show” on Broadway. (Photographed by Joan Marcus)

The Cher Show
Turn back time at “The Cher Show,” where audiences relive the hits from the pop icon’s 50-year-plus career. Featuring Tony-winning costumes by Bob Mackie, who has been dressing Cher for decades, the musical — starring a trio of Chers — is full of glitz, glamour and a slew of sexy backup dancers. Expect favorites from the singer’s music catalogue, including “The Shoop Shoop Song,” “I Got You Babe,” “Believe,” “Song for the Lonely,” “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” and many more.

Looking for a laugh? Head to “Gaylarious,” which features the best LGBTQ+ and ally comedians in New York City as well as special guests from around the world. Each show features different performers, and past comedians include Matteo Lane, Calvin Cato, Sal LoPizzo, Danny McWilliams, Michelle Slonim, and Sydney Washington.

“Queen of Hearts by Company XIV”
Fall down a rabbit hole of burlesque and sexual exploration in “Queen of Hearts,” director Austin McCormick’s sensual and tantalizing take on “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Prepare yourself for scantily clad outfits in Wonderland or — in Tweedledee and Tweedledum’s case — hardly any outfits at all. The Brooklyn-based production features the classic Lewis Carroll characters you know and love in a way you’ve never seen them before.

Mean Girls
Too gay to function? Not at “Mean Girls,” where high schooler Damian Hubbard (in a Tony Award-nominated performance from Grey Henson) takes center stage to steal the spotlight with his tap-dancing, show-stopping performance of “Stop.” Plus, who could resist the iconic one-liners from Tina Fey’s cult classic 2004 film, where the Plastics rule the school and on Wednesdays everybody wears pink?

From the writer of the long-running Off-Broadway play “Afterglow” — about opening a committed relationship to invite another sexual partner into the bedroom — comes “safeword.” And, this time, playwright S. Asher Gelman is tackling the world of BDSM (bondage, domination, sadism, and masochism). Two couples are at the heart of the new play, in which a surprising dominate-submissive relationship comes to light after an unexpected encounter.

The Book of Mormon
If you’re also unable to “Turn it Off” — your romantic feelings for the same sex, that is — go worship at “The Book of Mormon.” Winner of nine Tony Awards, the musical comedy from the creators of “South Park” tells the story of an unlikely pair of Mormon missionaries who travel to Uganda to convert locals to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Being gay is of course off limits for a Mormon, so Elder McKinley shows everyone how to keep his urges under control.

Golden Girls Live: Terms of Estrangement
Tim Garnham, Anastas Varinos, D.J. Schaefer, and Peter Mac are back as the iconic foursome for another “lost” episode of the popular 1980s sitcom. In “Terms of Estrangement,” Dorothy and Sophia steal away from Rose and Blanche for some much-needed mother-daughter bonding. As always, audiences can expect a sing-along to the series’ popular theme song, “Thank You For Being a Friend,” and some hilarious one-liners from the fab foursome.