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The 5 Best Out Broadway Performers of 2014

The 5 Best Out Broadway Performers of 2014


These queer actors gave good musical.


5. Andy Mientus in Les Miserables
Vive la revolution! Best known as gay composer Kyle Bishop in NBC's Smash, Mientus makes an impressive Broadway debut as the passionate Marius, a lover and a fighter, in this stirring revival. The adorable Chasing Life star, who is engaged to Anger Management's Michael Arden, will also play a gay villain in the CW series The Flash.
Imperial Theatre, open-ended.


4. Anthony Rapp in If/Then
Rent reunion alert! Frozen's Idina Menzel stars as Elizabeth, a divorcee starting over in Manhattan, in Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's ambitious concept musical, an earnest exploration of chance and choice with a Sliding Doors split narrative. Rapp is doubly charming as her bisexual buddy, Lucas, who goes after different sexes in each parallel universe.
Richard Rodgers Theatre, open-ended.


3. Jay Armstrong Johnson in On the Town
Last seen on Broadway in Hands on a Hardbody, Johnson shows off his hard body to play sweet and nerdy Chip, one of three sailors looking for luck and love on shore leave in New York City. He brings youthful spunk to John Rando's shiny and spirited gay-inclusive revival of the 1944 classic, beautifully choreographed by Smash's Joshua Bergasse.
Lyric Theatre, open-ended.


2. Alan Cumming in Cabaret
The Good Wife star reprises his Tony-winning role as the seductive and flamboyantly omnisexual Emcee of a seedy Weimar-era Berlin nightclub in Roundabout Theatre Company's perfectly marvelous revival of the Kander and Ebb gem, directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall. No surprise Shia LaBeouf famously called Cumming "the sexiest man I've ever seen."
Studio 54, through March 29.


1. Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Out director Michael Mayer's glossy, glitter-bombed Broadway premiere of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's cult rock musical detonated with the Tony-winning dynamo as an East German singer living as a female after botched gender-reassignment surgery. Replacements Andrew Rannells and Michael C. Hall rocked too, but you always remember your first.
Belasco Theatre, open-ended.

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