Broadway’s Rory O’Malley Loves Playing Gay Characters & Advocating For Gay Marriage

Stage Notes


  • The Sound of Music Live! airs this Thursday night at 8/7c on NBC. Carrie Underwood mutilates stars as Maria von Trapp. Kudos to the network for filling out the rest of the cast with a bunch of theater names (including Tony-winners Audra McDonaldLaura Benanti and Christian Borle).
  • This week, Bette Midler begins the Los Angeles run of her hit Broadway play I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers. Tickets are fetching upwards of $400 for the nearly sold-out run, so unless you’re a power gay, you’re probably missing out on this one.
  • Speaking of Midler, the Divine one recently spoke to the LA Times about doing either Mame or Hello, Dolly! on Broadway. “These shows are great big bears,” she said. “It’s a lot of new people, and I’m not good anymore at remembering who is who. So I would be nervous about that and I would also be nervous about the social media part of it. I don’t like to put myself in harm’s way.”
  • The Boston Pops announced its spring season. Among those scheduled to perform, out Tony-winner Billy Porter and original Effie White Jennifer Holliday.
  • Tyne Daly is returning to Broadway this spring. She’s starring in out Tony-winner Terrence McNally’s new play, Mothers and Sons, which focuses on “a mother who pays a surprise visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s ex-partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son.” Shades of Philomena, but why not?
  • Out Tony-nominee Victor Garber has joined the cast of Fox’s Sleepy Hollow. He’ll be playing Ichabod Crane’s daddy father.
  • Powerhouse Broadway PR firm The Hartman Group will close its doors for good in January 2014. Founder Michael Hartman has accepted a position as CEO of Amy’s Ice Cream in Austin, TX. Hartman, who married actor and fellow Texan Nick Mayo in September, told The New York Times, “We both want to have a child, and we started to think about making our way down there one day, to raise a family and be around our families, and then it got fast-tracked because a great job became available.”

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