2005 top 10: performance
December 19 2005 12:00 AM ET
This drama about a nun and a corrupt priest was a hit in
New York (with Cherry Jones) and L.A. (with Linda
The Light in the Piazza
Craig Lucas’s book helped win six Tonys for this
soaring musical about love and letting go.
The Paris Letter
Tracking the destinies in the lives of two gay friends,
Jon Robin Baitz showed the cost of the closet.
This Broadway reinvention captured Sondheim’s
masterpiece with one set and 10 performer-musicians.
The Book of Liz
Ann Magnuson as an Amish cheese-ball wizard anchored the
L.A. run of this David and Amy Sedaris comedy.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Brilliant musical on spelling bees from out composer
Play Without Words
Director-choreographer Matthew Bourne reworked the
classic film The Servant—very sexy!
Ghetto Superstar: The Man That I Am
Out actor-singer Billy Porter’s solo show ruled
at New York’s Public Theater.
The Color Purple
Not yet open on Broadway at press time, but its lesbian
love duet and its triumphant Atlanta tryout sold us.
Fiddler on the Roof
With out stars Harvey Fierstein and Rosie
O’Donnell as the married leads,
“tradition” turned to “pride.”
In a category all its own:
Logo’s series of 30-minute sets from
America’s best queer comics brought big gay
laughs to the nation.