This Week’s Best LGBT Events in New York City

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Looking for LGBT things to do in New York? Whether you’re looking for drag shows, parties talks & lectures, film screenings, theater, or cultural outings, Metrosource has got you covered. Our complete list of LGBT things to do is just a click away, but here are a few handpicked favorites:

This week, you can check out the newest Broadway musical before the critics now that Pretty Woman is in previews, you can see drag queens do the Disney classics, and Oops, Britney’s back to do it again — live! Here are a few handpicked favorites:


Thursday, July 19

It’s bound to be an avant-garde night at Dixon Place with Queen. It’s being called “An intentional repurposing of the religious ritual. Horizontal instead of vertical. Many instead of one. Bodies instead of The Body. A coming together. A witnessing. A singing event. A place for queer people who grew up in the church to find the queer space in liturgical structure.”

Pretty Woman: The Musical

Friday, July 20

Everyone wants a fairy tale romance. Based on the 1990 hit film starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, Pretty Woman: The Musical elevates the unlikely love story that unfolds when a high-powered businessman happens upon a fast-talking hooker who changes his life forever. Steve Kazee (Spamalot, Once) and Samantha Banks (Les Miserables) star as Edward and Vivian in this modern reimagining of Cinderella that proves how love can be found where it’s least expected.

Distorted Diznee

Friday, July 20

Be our guest at the long running cult hit Distorted Diznee at the Laurie Beechman Theater this July! Come be Part of Our World as a troupe of fabulous drag queens such as Brenda Dharling, Holly Dae, Bootsie LeFaris & Pixie Aventura. These magical queens present their twisted, very adult journey to the Magical Kingdom. Distorted Diznee has it all – numbers, comedy, dazzling costumes and lip-syncing ladies. Tickets start at $22 with a $20 food/drink minimum.

Britney Spears at Radio City

Monday, July 23

The iconic pop star of the ’90s and Uh-ohs has announced her last time ever, limited tour of her award-winning show Britney: Piece of Me, stopping for two nights at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The show originated with Britney’s residence in Las Vegas, and brings the record-breaking show to New York for those who were unable to experience the glam in Sin City.

Cruisical: A Lesbian Musical

Tuesday, July 24

Cruisical: A Lesbian Musical is an anachronistic musical comedy where six queer cis women — Mercedes de Acosta, Moms Mabley, Vita Sackville-West, Violet Trefusis, Virginia Woolf, and Esther Eng — find themselves transported to the year 2018, where they have landed on an all-inclusive lesbian cruise, with a buffet spread at their disposal. Hearts become entangled over piña coladas by the pool, as these women deal with petty interpersonal disputes and larger misunderstandings of 21st-century queerness. We pay earnest homage to our foremothers, who lived and loved out loud at great personal risk. In Cruisical, we give them the tropical lesbian vacation they deserved.

Straight White Men


Christmas Eve is typically a time to be merry — but what happens when Ed and his three adult sons are forced to confront their true identities in Straight White Men? Even matching pajamas can’t hide the fact that these men are the makers of their own destinies. Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name, The Social Network) stars alongside TV Star Tom Skerritt (M.A.S.H., Picket Fences) in this groundbreaking work by Young Jean Lee, the first Asian-American female playwright to be produced on Broadway.

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.

Head Over Heels


Variety‘s review of the show when it was in San Francisco says Head Over Heels could have been called “A Very LGBT Thing Happened on the Way to the Masque” (masque as in 17th century court performance, and Masque as in the Hollywood punk club where the Go-Go’s learned their chops — take your pick). That’s one juxtaposition that’s really anything but odd, since the Go-Go’s and Carlisle have ended up amassing a huge gay fan base over their decades of breaking up and reuniting. The plot of “Head Over Heels” really gets underway well into the first act, when the lowly shepherd Musidorus (Andrew Durand), banished by the king from pursuing the princess Philoclea (Alexandra Socha), cross-dresses as an Amazonian warrior to get quality time with his unsuspecting sweetheart. It’s a setup right out of “Some Like It Hot” or “Tootsie,” if not time immemorial, but imagine a “Some Like It Hot” that just gets less and less straight until it ends with a succession of same-sex marriages.”

Head Over Heels is directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) with musical arrangement by Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner Tom Kitt (Next To Normal, American Idiot) and choreography by Emmy Award nominee Spencer Liff (So You Think You Can Dance, Hedwig and the Angry Inch). With a wickedly funny original book by Tony winner Jeff Whitty (Bring It On: The Musical, Avenue Q) adapted by James Magruder (Triumph of Love), this new production also includes scenic and puppet design by Tony Award nominee Julian Crouch (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), costume design by Academy Award and Tony Award nominee Arianne Phillips (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), lighting design by four-time Tony Award winner Kevin Adams (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, American Idiot, Spring Awakening), sound design by Tony Award nominee Kai Harada (Follies), and projection design by Andrew Lazarow.

The World Premiere of a New Play, Scissoring


In Christina Quintana’s Scissoring, New Orleans native and resident Abigail Bauer 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.

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OBSESSION: Nudes by Klimt, Schiele and Picasso


This exhibition at The Met Breuer will present a selection of some fifty works from The Met’s Scofield Thayer Collection—a collection that is best known for paintings by artists of the school of Paris, and a brilliant group of erotic and evocative watercolors, drawings, and prints by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Pablo Picasso, whose subjects, except for a handful, are nudes. The exhibition will be the first time these works have been shown together and will provide a focused look at this important collection; it also marks the centenary of the deaths of Klimt and Schiele.

The Met’s Scofield Thayer Collection specializes in paintings by legendary artists from the school of Paris. For the first time, a selection of key works from greats like Klimt, Schiele and Picasso will offer art enthusiasts a concentrated look at nude works from this important collection. The timing of this erotic and sensual exhibition is also poignant, as it marks 100 years since the passion of both Klimt and Schiele.

An aesthete and scion of a wealthy family, Scofield Thayer (1889–1982) was co-publisher and editor of the literary magazine the Dial from 1919 to 1926. In this avant-garde journal he introduced Americans to the writings of T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, D. H. Lawrence, Arthur Schnitzler, Thomas Mann, and Marcel Proust, among others. He frequently accompanied these writers’ contributions with reproductions of modern art. Thayer assembled his large collection of some six hundred works—mostly works on paper—with staggering speed in London, Paris, Berlin, and Vienna between 1921 and 1923. While he was a patient of Sigmund Freud in Vienna, he acquired a large group of watercolors and drawings by Schiele and Klimt, artists who at that time were unknown in America.

When a selection from his collection was shown at the Montross Gallery in New York in 1924—five years before the Museum of Modern Art opened—it won acclaim. It found no favor, however, in Thayer’s native city, Worcester, Massachusetts, that same year when it was shown at the Worcester Art Museum. Incensed, Thayer drew up his will in 1925, leaving his collection to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He withdrew from public life in the late 1920s and lived as a recluse on Martha’s Vineyard and in Florida until his death in 1982.

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Last modified: July 19, 2018

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