Yank! (pictured) and Next Fall center on their characters' romantic struggles, a universal theme not specific to gay audiences. Many of the producers told the Times that they intentionally avoided inserting issues like same-sex marriage and "don't ask, don't tell" into their stories.
"I think we have a better chance of attracting straight and gay
audience members with universal emotions, like love and loyalty, that
touch the lives of these gay men and show how we are all equal, rather
than do it through polarizing arguments," said Richard Willis, one of
the lead producers of Next Fall, which recently began previews.
This direction is much different from earlier Broadway and off-Broadway productions like The Children's Hour, The Normal Heart, and Angels in America, which focused on gay depression, oppression, and AIDS.