Seat Filler: NYC Theater Guide for July 2010
BY Brandon Voss
July 06 2010 2:55 PM ET
Stars of stage and screen stood together June 14 at the Angel Orensanz Center for Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, a collection of vignettes about marriage equality by respected playwrights like Moisés Kaufman and Paul Rudnick. The entertaining but uneven event — which benefited Human Rights Campaign, Marriage Equality New York, and New York Theater Workshop — featured out actors Dan Butler, Kevin Chamberlin, Randy Harrison, Christopher Sieber, and B.D. Wong in brief gems like Doug Wright’s “On Facebook,” a gay marriage debate adapted from an actual Facebook thread. Highlights included “Outlaw Wedding,” Kathy Najimy’s monologue about a suburban aunt’s thoughts on her gay nephew’s nuptials, and Neil LaBute’s cautionary tragicomedy “Strange Fruit,” which made Matthew Broderick say, “I love cock.”
Whether you’re a serious show queen or an average perv, chances are you’ve already ogled pictures online from Broadway Bares XX: Strip-opoly. But you might not know that the June 20 two-show Monopoly-themed burlesque benefit at Roseland Ballroom, which featured 216 of New York’s hottest chorus boys and girls, raised $1,015,985 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the first time the $1 million mark was reached since Jerry Mitchell created the event in 1992. And in case you’ve been too busy drooling over breakout beefcake like Charlie Williams, Joshua Buscher, Matthew Skrincosky, and a Jersey Shore spoof with a surplus of situations, I wanted to share my favorite G-rated shot of the night — yep, that’s Vanessa Williams and Kristin Chenoweth singin’ and swingin’ in the opening number.