This Week’s Best LGBT Events in New York City

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Christina Quintana, playwright

Playwright Christina Quintana

The LGBT Community’s guide to the best things to do in NYC, including local LGBT events, drag shows, parties, cultural attractions, talks & lectures, free activities and more.

A RuPaul favorite hits the Big Apple, there’s an night of queer improv to tickle your funny bone, and a world premiere lesbian play!

BenDeLaCreme at The Laurie Beechman Theatre

Thursday, May 24

In “BenDeLaCreme’s Inferno A-Go-Go,” celebrated story-muddler, and RuPaul’s Drag Race favorite, BenDeLaCreme seeks to answer that age-old question: What The Hell? Turning her gay gaze toward “Dante’s Inferno” — the original travel brochure of the damned — this rollicking romp through nine circles of fire and fun is equal parts brimstone and rhinestones. Get your tickets now, or suffer forever more! (Performances continue through May 27.)

Thea Musgrave: A 90th Birthday Concert

Sunday, May 27

Tadeusz von Moltke (seen in the Jay Z video I Got the Keys and on NBC’s The Blacklist) will be principal featured actor in Thea Musgrave: A 90th Birthday Concert in New York City.

Performing with soloists and chorus, he’ll open the gala concert with a recitation of The Creation Hymn from the Rig Veda, the four-minute opening movement of Thea Musgrave’s epic choral drama The Voices of Our Ancestors in its American Premiere. He will then portray two other challenging characters in dialogue scenes – with opera singers – in The New York Premiere of selections from Miss Musgrave’s operas Simon Bolivar and Harriet; The Woman Called Moses.

Thea Musgrave: Awarded two Guggenheim Fellowships and The Koussevitsky Award, Miss Musgrave is a Commander of the British Empire whose music is performed to international acclaim. Harold Rosenbaum and the New York Virtuoso Singers are ASCAP-Award-winning leaders in contemporary music.

We Will Slay

Tuesday, May 29

Elegance, Pageantry, Pride, Boldness, and long form improvisation all in the same show?! Yawwwwws! We Will Slay is a Queer show for you, your sis and her friends cousin and No One Else! (Just kidding.) It’s for everyone, Mama! Come and Kiki with New York City’s best and brightest Queer talent as they put on a show that will be the gag of the century!!!! This Show Will Slay! (Peformances continue through June 19)

The cast includes: Aimee Lutkin, Amelia Bane, Anthony James Hargraves, Charlie Nicholson, Chloe Patterson, Chris Burns, Darren Saad, David Milton, Jenn Maley, Jessica Henderson, John X. Miller, Mark Ledgerwood, Matt Matney, Pedro Alcocer, Peter Valenti, Raquel Castellar, Seamus Branch, Sibel Damar, Silvia (Galis) Menendez and Tulio Espinoza.

The World Premiere of Scissoring, A New Play by Christina Quintana

Thursday, May 31

In Scissoring, Abigail Bauer, a New Orleans native and resident, must confront the clash between the life she has created with her longterm girlfriend and her career as a devoted teacher in a repressive Catholic school. Through her struggle, Abigail receives pressure from the school’s shape-shifting, personified public address system and guidance from the figures of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Roosevelt’s devoted friend and lover, Lorena Hickok. Performances will begin May 31st for a limited Off-Broadway engagement through June 30th. Opening Night is set for June 11th.

The Boys in the Band


It may have taken The Boys in the Band a half century to find a home on Broadway, but Matt Crowley’s now-vintage look at gay life in the late ’60s couldn’t have arrived in more style. With a cast that features Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Zachary Quinto (the big screen “Star Trek” reboot and “American Horror Story), Matt Bomer (the Magic Mike series) and Andrew Rannells (Girls and The New Normal), this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a cast of all-stars explore what life was like before Harvey Milk, before Stonewall — when being gay was still considered a mental disorder. At the helm of this production: none other than Glee and American Horror Story imagineer Ryan Murphy.

The Donna Summer Musical


Where were you the first time you heard “I Feel Love?” In the world of Hot 100 radio, that track cut through everything around it — the arena rock of Fleetwood Mac and Bruce Springsteen, the disco of the Commodores and Jacksons — all of it. For those who were there, it sounded like a transmission from another galaxy.

But Donna Summer began her career in the musical “Hair,” becoming best known for refusing to take off her clothes in the show’s much-ballyhooed nude scene. She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn’t know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming one of the signature voices of an era and the inspiration for many who followed in her path.

Tony Award winner LaChanze (The Color Purple), Ariana DeBose (Hamilton, A Bronx Tale) and newcomer Storm Lever play the many facets of Donna Summer, taking audiences through her tumultuous life, tempestuous loves and mega-watt musical hits. From “Love to Love You, Baby” to “Last Dance” and beyond, her story and her music pair for a night of memories — or discovery. It’s The Donna Summer Musical.

Angels in America


The political themes of Tony Kushner’s 1991 Pulitzer Prize-winning epic, Angels in America, continue to reverberate than a quarter century later. The fantastical two-part drama offers a symbolic and metaphorical examination of the AIDS crisis in the mid-’80s, as characters are visited by ghosts and supernatural beings from beyond. Following a sold-out run in London, this production, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, lands on Broadway for a limited 18-week engagement under the direction of Tony Award-winner Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog at Midnight, War Horse), with (as in London) Andrew Garfield as abandoned AIDS sufferer Prior Walter and Nathan Lane as closeted Republican Roy Cohn. For the New York run, Lee Pace joins the cast as the conflicted Mormon Joe Pitt. Tickets for Millennium Approaches (Part 1) and Perestroika (Part 2) will be sold in pairs — as either same-day (matinee and evening) or multi-evening performances.

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Last modified: May 24, 2018

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