A Queerty YouTube Anthology of the Gay Boys of Broadway


Turns out that in the midst of the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression, one of the sounder investments you could have made is in Broadway theater. Ticket sales are actually up from last year, defying the perennial expectations that the Fabulous Invalid will finally go belly up. To entice you to do your part, here’s a selection of some our favorite gay boys of Broadway (a comprehensive list would be way too long), as found on YouTube.

John Barrowman

When not busy being a bisexual time-traveling whatever the hell he is on BBC’s Torchwood, John Barrowman is strutting the boards. There’s a lot of Barrow-love on YouTube, but there’s something undeniably fun about watching the adorable moppet inhabit the role of Reagan’s would be assassin John Hinckley in this clip of him singing “Unworthy of Your Love” from Stephen Sondheim’s Assasins.

Cheyenne Jackson

Broadway’s ‘It’ Boy, Cheyenne Jackson’s hard at work an upcoming musical from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone about Mormons, but he got his big break on Broadway by playing Sonny in Xanadu. Here he is singing “Suddenly” from the show.

Michael Arden

The star of Catholic gay-boy off-Broadway musical Bare, Michael Arden is the Broadway actor’s actor. He tends to eschew the teeny-bopper musicals, by choosing to work on edgier fare like Adam Bock’s play about a gay man in love with a shark, Swimming in the Shallows. Here he is singing one of your editor’s favorite songs in the world, Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You”.

Paolo Szot

There was a huge “Is he or isn’t he?” debate over Brazilian opera singer Paolo Szot, who played Emile De Becque in the recent revival of South Pacific. Well, he is, but you know what else he is? A Tony Award winner. Szot nabbed the Best Actor in a Musical Award for his first appearance on the Broadway stage.

John Tartaglia

Best known as the lead puppet dude in Avenue Q, the adorable John Tartaglia has worked on Q’s inspiration, Sesame Street, as well. He may well be destined to doing children’s parodies forever: Currently, he plays Pinnochio in the musical version Shrek. Here he is, breaking out of his mold, playing Lumiere from the Beauty & The Beast. It’s a ‘musical mad libs’ version of “Be Our Guest”.

David Burtka & Neil Patrick Harris

Consider this a bonus since it’s so short. It’s real life bf’s Dave Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris singing lesbian love duet “Take Me or Leave Me” from Rent. That may be one of the gayest sentences I’ve written on Queerty, which really is saying something.