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Gay hits and misses usher in 2003

Gay hits and misses usher in 2003

As the New Year rolls in, gay talents continue to contribute to stellar successes. In television, writer-exec producer Ann Donohue powered the crime juggernaut CSI to winning ratings in a down week for the small screen as a whole. On the big screen, Sir Ian McKellen continues to mow down the box office with his white-on-white look as the reborn wizard Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. On the New York stage, gay stars are facing a more uncertain climate. Daily Variety notes that Tommy Tune: White Tie and Tails closes Sunday, as does Hollywood Arms, cowritten by Carol Burnett and Carrie Hamilton--mother and sister, respectively, of 2002 Advocate Music Issue cover girl Erin Hamilton. Elsewhere in NYC, Imaginary Friends, starring out luminary Cherry Jones and Swoosie Kurtz, took a significant dip at the box office. But Metamorphoses, the haunting evocation of Greek myth by out director Mary Zimmerman, saw a leap in sales. And two gay-driven musicals were boffo: Hairspray broke $1 million at the box office, and Thoroughly Modern Millie came within an eyelash of the million-dollar mark with nearly $974,000.

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