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ROCKETMAN FROM ELTON TO EGERTON
TALES OF THE CITY
THE NEXT GENERATION
JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL
HEDWIG AND BEYOND
SERVING POSE REALNESS
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42 29 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN?
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HOW DID THE CAREER of Jake Resnicow lead him to mount what’s being billed as the largest single music event during NYC Pride Week?
30 TALES FOR A NEW GENERATION AS MURRAY BARTLETT PREPARES for the premiere of Netflix’s reborn Tales of
the City, he reveals what it’s like to be back in the land of Looking.
34 SIGNS OF RESISTANCE AS WE OBSERVE 50 YEARS since the Stonewall Uprising, we take a look at the visual images that set us on our march toward equality.
38 BILLY PORTER FROM THE STRUGGLES OF HIS early career through making a home for himself in Pose, Porter reveals his category: fierce, enduring realness.
42 JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL 20 YEARS AFTER THE DEBUT OF HEDWIG, its creator finds new ways to bring it to life - plus new projects alongside Glenn Close and Patti LuPone.
46 CRUISING TOGETHER COVER PHOTO BY RON CADIZ © SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
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FOUR MELTDOWNS AND A WEDDING
I WAS TO MARRY JUSTIN 3,110 DAYS AFTER THE NIGHT WE
met; 2,736 days after same-sex marriage was made legal in New York State; 1,230 days after he proposed, and 435 days after we first found the merry-go-round where we would wed. Yet to say I was not dealing with it well would have been a massive understatement. 41 Days Until I Do: I am shopping for something to wear to my “engagement shoot.” I’d never heard of such a thing when our photographer explained it was essential. About a month before the wedding, she’d meet us for the shoot. We’d get some nice pictures; she’d get a sense of how to get us wedding shots we’d love. However, I had embarked on a nine month plan of diet and exercise that I estimated would have me just barely ready for my wedding day. A month out, I was certainly not. I was also no longer sure of my size. Finally, I picked out a lavender sweater that seemed to just fit and headed home, upset. As I reached into the shopping bag to show it to Justin, I explained to him that I wasn’t ready. I was too nervous. I had spent most of my adult life accepting the idea that I, as a gay man, would never get married and that perhaps we were making a huge mistake.“It’s a really nice color,” he replied. 17 Days Until I Do: It was the kind of day I normally would have gone out after work, in order to not take the stress of the day home with me. But we had a “phone meeting” about the wedding. By that point, it seemed we were always meeting about something: food, music, accommodations, design. Justin - to his credit - had handled many by himself. But there were times we were expected to be the happy couple — and that day, I couldn’t find my blushing groom face. I had been constantly worried for months, secretly sure we’d created a very public opportunity to fail. I was exhausted: Done with running errands, picking poems and making decisions.“I will spend the rest of my life telling people to never get married,” I informed Justin, hot tears running down my face. I was still wiping them away when the phone rang. 7 Days Until I Do: I was determined to create a wedding ensemble as over-the-top as possible without inducing regret. The result was a melange of patterns that included paisley, checks, stripes, polka dots and a print that resembled extreme close-ups of butterfly wings. I had a top hat like something out of My Fair Lady and a rhinestone-encrusted bow tie like something out of Chippendales. And I had never tried them all on together. After the meeting meltdown, I ‘d actively tried to stop thinking about the wedding, lest I lose my nerve altogether. But I knew I had to do this. So I went out to a long brunch with a member of my wedding party and stumbled home emboldened by several Bloody Marys. Once I’d gotten it all on, I stared at myself in the mirror, wanting to believe it made some sort of sense. But I couldn’t escape the fear that I’d been fooling myself all along with the idea that I could be a groom. 1 Day Until I Do: In the final days, I wrestled with the idea that — although I’d spent my life inviting people to shows I’d written and performances I’d given, it might be preposterous to believe they’d want to watch me simply love and be loved. Mentally, I thought I’d made my peace with it by the time we’d reached Bear Mountain Inn, but my body had not gotten the memo. As I began to greet excited guests, I felt a shaking begin deep inside me. I did everything I was supposed to: giving out excited hugs, raising glasses of cheer. But I went to sleep that night wondering if I might still be shaking when I walked down the aisle the next day. I awoke with new and unexpected calm. I ate breakfast and carefully copied my vows for the ceremony. I tried not to look like I was freezing as I posed for pictures in the January cold. And when the big moment arrived, I stood beside my Mom and stepped to the head of the aisle in the glow of the merry-go-round, where I felt the greatest outpouring of love I’ve ever known. I made my way to my husband-to-be and wept with joy and relief. We kissed, and the painted ponies went up and down, and the evening was so splendid, I wish I could say I should never have worried. But then I couldn’t say: I wouldn’t have changed a thing. ■ JUNE/JULY 2019
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THE SHOWS MUST GO ON IT’S BEEN AN INTRIGUING FEW YEARS FOR BROADWAY’S BIGGEST
night. Talk show host and noted musical theater enthusiast James Corden first hosted in 2016. Kevin Spacey took the mantle in 2017, which in retrospect probably did not play so well with fans of consent. And then came last year’s intriguing experiment, with Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban offering their unique, musical twist on the gig. This year, Tony is back in familiar territory as the King of Carpool Karaoke makes his return to the emcee’s microphone. While we won’t know who’ll take home the Great White Way’s ultimate accolades until the envelopes are opened, a few things seem certain. We
can expect gripping performances from the mythic folk opera Hadestown, delightful drag-fest Tootsie, and the ebulliently theatrical, LGBTQ-loving The Prom. We’ll likely see a Cole Porter vs. Rodgers & Hammerstein face-off between Kiss Me, Kate and Oklahoma. And, if past is prologue, the awards will continue to struggle to find ways to show off Broadway’s non-musical offerings. In those categories, winners could include Irish Troubles-era drama The Ferryman, Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of the American classic To Kill a Mockingbird, and Harvey Fierstein’s beloved behind-the-queen’s slice-of-life Torch Song. Tune in to CBS June 9 for all the belting and ballyhoo. tonyawards.com
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DRAG ON ONCE, DRAG ENTERTAINERS WERE SEEN AS SHOW BUSINESS’S WILDEST
outsiders. Today, in tandem with society’s increased acceptance of gay culture and RuPaul’s Drag Race’s rise as a TV juggernaut, drag has moved decidedly into the entertainment mainstream. So what better time to trace the evolution of the art form? Drag: Combing Through the Big Wigs of Show Business (Rizzoli New York; $35) boasts text by funnyman Frank DeCaro and a forward by entertainment legend Bruce Vilanch. It traces the drag’s unique blend of fashion and fun, illusion and extravagance through a number of milestones.
Just a few of these include Bosom Buddies and Tootsie, To Wong Foo… and Hedwig, La Cage aux Folles and Kinky Boots. You’ll find several recent nominees for the title of Metrosource’s “Legendary NYC Drag Queen We Love”here, including Hedda Lettuce and Lypsinka. Meanwhile, some of the other bold face dames who’ll grace its pages include Bianca del Rio, Miss Coco Peru, Varla Jean Merman and Charles Busch. With commentary, interviews and pictures chronicling over 100 years of drag around the globe, this is one lewk book no fan of drag should be without. rizzoliusa.com
PEDAL PUSHERS “EACH YEAR, MORE THAN 2,800 PEOPLE FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY and world come together,” reports AIDS/LifeCycle. “Over the
course of a week, they make an epic 545 mile journey down the coast of California from San Francisco to Los Angeles. In AIDS/ LifeCycle 2018, 2,300 cyclists and more than 650 volunteers raised a record $16.6 million for critical HIV/AIDS services provided by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.” Since its founding in 2002, AIDS/Lifecycle has consistently raised millions of dollars for these invaluable organizations. And although we live in a world where attitudes toward HIV are more progressive than ever, such high-profile fundraisers serve a multitude of
purposes: People still depend on HIV/AIDS medical care, testing and prevention services provided by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The event also raises awareness in a way that helps end the stigma surrounding HIV/ AIDS, while provide life-affirming experiences for those whose lives have been touched by the virus. What’s more AIDS/Lifecycle provides organizational support for activists and volunteers fighting to end the epidemic, and a way for our community to honor those who have passed from AIDS-related causes. This year’s AIDS/ Lifecycle journey will run June 2–9. Get more information on how you can ride, volunteer or fund raise online. aidslifecyle.org METROSOURCE.COM JUNE/JULY 2019
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THERE ARE STILL SOME 75 COUNTRIES ACROSS THE GLOBE THAT CRIMINALIZE OR PENALIZE
LGBTQ people because of sexual orientation or gender identity. For example, the Sultanate of Brunei has recently made headlines for allowing the stoning and state-sanctioned murder of members of the global LGBTQ community. But we’re finding ways to fight back: Modern Exodus is a new charity working with those who face prosecution or worse. They’ll assist with resettlement, provide temporary housing and transportation, and help people meet basic needs. Modern Exodus can even help some asylum seekers with obtaining VISAs for legal work. So far, the organization has received nearly 200 applications, and several companies have agreed to lend support. Celebrities are also standing up to support this mission. Notables include Tan France of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and Vixen of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame. On Instagram, follow @ModernExodus to see striking images — both of these supporters and of LGBTQ people seeking safety from across the globe. Consider doing your part by making a donation in support of this cause in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall. modernexodus.org
few thiNgs Call summer to miNd like a
delicious root beer float. However, when it comes to drinks, we’ve only got room in our diets for ones that will lift us up or chill us out. Fortunately, we came across Root Out root beer flavored whisky (a blend of root beer flavoring and Canadian blended whisky). Not only does it really taste like the classic soda, but it’s also the key ingredient in the“Root Out Float,”which will be sure to shake up your summer: Ingredients: 2 oz. Root Out Root Beer Flavored Whisky 1/2 oz. Vanilla Vodka 1 oz. RumChata Whipped Cream Ice Preparation: Pour ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Pour into a glass over ice and top with whipped cream. Enjoy raising a glass to summer and check out more tongue-tingling Root Out recipes online. rootoutwhisky.com
Kitchen at Pier 97 to party all weekend long. metrosource.com/worldprideguide LA PRIDE West Hollywood always serves up glamor and celebrities for Pride. June 8–9 will bring thousands to West Hollywood Park, to see headliners including Meghan Trainor. Keep your eyes trained on the afterparties for some of your favorite heartthrobs from the world of TV, film and music. lapride.org PORTLAND PRIDE The Rose City is one of the hottest food and beer destinations in the world right now.“Visibility. Celebration. Education,” is their Pride theme for 2019. Their waterfront festival and parade takes place June 15–16. pridenw.org NEW ORLEANS PRIDE Mardi Gras and Southern Decadence aren’t the only times to laissez les bon temps rouler (let the good times roll) in the cultural capital of Louisiana. The weekend of June 7–8 promises a slate of events leading up to their Pride parade on Sunday. togetherwenola.com/pride KEY WEST PRIDE While Key West almost always seems like a little slice of gay paradise, Pride is a particularly good time to stop by. Though it’s high summer, cross breezes (and plenty of tropical cocktails) keep revelers feeling cool. Celebrations take place from Wednesday, June 5 until Sunday, June 9. gaykeywestfl.com/pride
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WORLDPRIDE For the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, New York is hosting WorldPride 2019. A month of LGBTQ events start on June 1. The action culminates June 30th when the biggest Pride march ever steps off from 26th St. and Fifth Ave. And, of course, no NYC Pride would be complete without dancing on the water. Head to Pride Island in Hell’s
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community has had on the ever-changing face of New York. And as the world looks to NYC for WorldPride and the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, some of the city’s ﬁnest cultural institutions will be showing that support in the form of dedicated exhibitions. For example, at the Museum of the City of New York, be sure to check out PRIDE: Photographs of Stonewall and Beyond by Fred W. McDarrah. This exhibit opens in early June and celebrates the work and life of the famed Village Voice photographer. Though not self-identiﬁed as LGBTQ, McDarrah chronicled many gay events throughout his long career as an ally, including Pride celebrations. His lens saw
From Left: Juliana Huxtable (American, born 1987). The Feminist Scam, 2017. Inkjet print, vinyl, magnets on metal sheet, 96 × 48 in. (243.8 × 121.9 cm) Courtesy of the artist and Reena Spaulings Fine Art, NY/LA. ©Juliana Huxtable. (Photo: Joerg Lohse); Elektra KB (Colombian). Protest Sign II, 2017. Textile, felt, thread, 66 x 34 in. (167.6 x 86.4 cm). Courtesy of the artist. © Elektra KB; Tuesday Smillie (American, born 1981). S.T.A.R., 2012. Watercolor, collage on board, 9½ x 11 in. (24.1 x 27.9 cm). Courtesy of the artist. © Tuesday Smillie
plenty of action, including the historic Stonewall Uprising. (mcny.org) Or you can head across the East River, where they’re considering Stonewall as a new beginning in Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall at the Brooklyn Museum. This exhibit showcases more than 20 LGBTQ artists born after 1969, which makes this much more of a contemporary exhibit than other shows looking back at Stonewall. Media which includes painting, sculpture, installation, performance, and video chronicle the artists’ place in a world where queer identity has been constantly evolving. Organizers say that exhibit is also meant to explore “interconnected themes of revolt, commemoration, care and desire.” brooklynmuseum.org
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THE LIBRARY IS OPEN THIS YEAR, THE LAMBDA LITERARY FOUNDATION CELEBRATES 31 YEARS
of awarding LGBTQ excellence.“In the ongoing work for LGBTQ equality, literature plays a distinct and powerful role—offering roadmaps for loving, ﬁghting, and thriving,” Lambda Literary Executive Director Sue Landers observes of the awards, known as “The Lammys.” Last year’s honorees include Lambda Trustee Award winner Roxanne Gay and Lambda Visionary Award winner Edmund White. In search of this year’s nominees, the foundation reviewed over 1000 books from more than 300 publishers. A panel
of some 60 professionals pored over the works. They ultimately nominated artists in categories varying from Gay Mysteries to Lesbian Fiction to Transgender Poetry to literature for LGBTQ Children and Young Adults. An estimated 600 guests will attend the 2019 awards ceremony June at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s ceremony host will be the ever-fabulous Mx. Justin Vivian Bond. Organizers report that the winners will be announced in time for you to stock up on queer literature across 24 categories to add to your summer reading lists. lambdaliterary.org METROSOURCE.COM JUNE/JULY 2019
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as the premiere interactive institution for documents and objects which chronicle free expression and our First Amendment Rights. Therefore, it’s only fitting that they’re celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the birth of the Gay Liberation Movement with an exhibition called Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement. According to museum representatives, the exhibition will “look at popular culture’s role in influencing attitudes about the LGBTQ community through film, television and music, and explore how the gay rights movement harnessed the power of public protest and demonstration to change
laws and shatter stereotypes.” A variety of media will be presented to tell the story of the community’s extraordinary advances during the last half century. As the museum aims to be interactive, there will be something for every attendee (whether you’re more a reader, listener or viewer). As a fun bonus, the Newseum is partnering with the Hamilton Hotel to present “The Newsroom: Rise Up” suite. The room was curated with the guidance of famed LGBTQ actor, author and activist Alan Cumming and will feature artifacts and materials related to the exhibition.You can even enter a contest for a chance to win a stay at the suite. newseum.org
THE TV SET
SEASON TWO OF MARGARET ATWOOD’S FASCIST FANTASIA WAS ACTION PACKED: DARING ESCAPES,
massive explosions, loss of life and limb. And just when it seemed that June (Elisabeth Moss) would finally escape Gilead with her daughter and gender traitor pal Emily (Alexis Bledel), June turned back to rescuing her other daughter Hannah. We’ve been keeping our eyes out for hints about season three since we first glimpsed those supremely creepy pictures at the National Mall in D.C. with the Washington Monument replaced by a giant cross. Here’s what we know: Returning characters will include Bradley Whitford, now as a series regular, and Ann Dowd — though we don’t know how she will be changed by her character’s stabbing. Cast additions will include Christopher Meloni (Pose) and Elizabeth Reaser (Haunting of Hill House) as Commander and Mrs. Winslow, who’ll play host to the Waterfords. The show’s late premiere (June 5) means it will miss this year’s Emmy eligibility. So we’ll have to wait a while to see cast favorites like Samira Wiley get another chance at the podium. In better news, Atwood is returning to Gilead on the page with a sequel called The Testaments, slated for release in September 2019. hulu.com
MADRID PRIDE Madrid is one of the most cosmopolitan and diverse cities in Europe, where you can take in the Prado Museum and the Escorial Palace before or after celebrating a caliente Pride, June 28 through July 7. The main event, a massive parade, happens Saturday, July 6. madridorgullo.com ROME PRIDE Celebrate gay pride in the Eternal City! Since ancient times, Romans have known how to throw a party. This year, they’re celebrating 25 years (or venticinque anni) of Gay Pride Roma. The celebration takes place on June 8, beginnng at the famed Piazza de Repubblica in the center of Rome. romapride.it MEXICO CITY PRIDE Considering tensions at the border, heading to Mexico City for Pride might be quite the political statement to make this year. According to organizers, this year’s Pride festival will be one of the hottest in Latin America. Las festas begin Thursday, June 27 and wrap Sunday, June 30. They include a parade and all-night party at the famed Zocalo. An estimated million people are expected to attend. gaytravel4u.com/event/ mexico-city-gay-pride/ COLOGNE PRIDE Cologne (or Köln, as the locals spell it) is one of the gayest cities in Germany. And their annual Pride celebration will certainly celebrate their inclusivity with a decidedly Teutonic air. This year’s festival takes place July 5–8. Multiple parties and other events are sure to call to mind the spirit of Cabaret. colognepride.de/en
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TEL AVIV PRIDE Attendees from all corners of the world head to the hottest city in Israel for Pride. There’s a full week of Pride events, taking place June 9–15. The festivities will include drag shows, floats, a parade and a host of other events celebrating the LGBTQ spirit in the Holy Land. facebook.com/tlvpride
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Dr. Ruth is the new Mr. Rogers, Charlize Theron is running for president, a delivery man is doing good with duffel bags of stolen cash, and Terry Gilliam is taking one last tilt at the tale of Don Quixote. BY JONATHAN ROCHE
TERRY GILLIAM WENT FROM MONTY PYTHON MEMBER TO MAKER
of such wonderfully weird ﬁlms as Brazil and The Fisher King. Gilliam has been famously trying to make a ﬁlm about Don Quixote for 25 years. In his last major attempt, Johnny Depp was slated to play the title character. That failed attempt ultimately bore a pretty fun documentary about what an epic disaster the production was (Lost in La Mancha). Given its source material, it’s appropriate that this project has proven such an unobtainable obsession for Gilliam. The story of the man who tilted at windmills has become the very windmill at which Gilliam has been tilting. However, that metaphor only holds as long as the director fails to conquer his would-be giant. But, after a circuitous journey, the ﬁlm is at last ﬁnished. At its center are excellent performances by actors Adam Driver and Jonathan Price (plus plenty of Gilliam’s surreal, magical-realist ﬂair). The result is a story that blurs the line between illusion and reality, delusion and purposefulness. Toby (Driver) is a hotshot young
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director phoning-in a commercial for booze that uses the Don Quixote story as its visual hook. He’s surprised when a copy of the student ﬁlm he made a decade ago, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, mysteriously surfaces. And this sends Toby down a rabbit hole of his own as he explores past mistakes. That he’s sleeping with the wife of his boss (Stellan Skarsgård) adds to the chaos. Even more ensues when he discovers he has inadvertently coached his Don Quixote (Price) into madness. The feverish odyssey begins yanking Toby along. The narrative slips so frequently between reality and fantasy that audiences may soon not be sure whether there is any difference. THE WORD: Gilliam is a master, but what he’s attempting is a tight-rope walk of ﬁlmmaking that may not make it to the other side. Though it would be nice to congratulate Gilliam on ﬁnally slaying his giant, this Quixote may be one more windmilltilter — and yet another grasp for the ﬁlm its creator truly dreams of creating. COMING TO: Streaming
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