There are many things that would draw us to a TV show about a gay dad raising his 8-year-old son in the late ’70s and early ’80s, even if it was based on a relatively unglamorous father.
But Broadway producer Matthew Weaver wants to make the queer-papa show of our dreams, based on his fabulous father, Gordon Weaver, the head of international marketing for Paramount Pictures in the 1980s.
Matthew, who produced the successful theater hit Rock of Ages, tells the Daily News that the show will be “a little Auntie Mame, a little La Cage Aux Folles and a little Kramer vs. Kramer.”
Sounds a bit like Beginners, doesn’t it? Throw in a dose of AbFab and we’re sold.
Among the fabulous anecdotes Matthew shares about his pops:
*Gordon came to his ex-wife’s house in a limousine to take custody of Matthew. After explaining what homosexuality was to his son, they went straight to Fire Island—where Gordon was judging a drag-queen contest, natch.
*Gordon wore mink coats to Matthew’s soccer games.
*Gordon would walk down the street holding hands with his boyfriend, telling Matthew, “if I didn’t like it, I could walk on the other side of the street.”
Sigh, gay dads nowadays aren’t nearly as fierce.