FOF #2993 – Keep it Gay! Becoming the Producer’s Gay Hitler
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For as gay as the musicals on the Great White Way are, Broadway characters and their relationships are disturbingly straight. So when we get a character that openly queer, we celebrate it, even if it’s Hitler.
Today we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Tony Tony Tony award-winning “Mel Brooks’ The Producers” on Broadway with actor John B Boss, who has played the fierce drag queen gay Hitler in over 230 shows including the official touring production.
hen you talked about doing a production of Rocky Horror where the characters are interacting with the audience as they arrive reminds me that the last Broadway production of Once on This Island did that. The show was down in the round and different characters walked around setting thins up, cooking, and talking with the audience. Norm Lewis, the original King Triton in Little Mermaid musical, was pretending to fish and I yelled out to him “Did you catch a flounder?” He laughed and went backstage for a bit.
I think those were wonderful moments in 90s theater when the productions mingled with the audience and created a whole experience, not just a show to watch.