Does Musical Theater Make Teenagers Gay?

The long-standing stereotype that obsessing over musical theater is an early prerequisite for obtaining one’s gay card gets a send-up in the new musical horror film Stage Fright. Written and directed by Jerome Sable, the film features vivid supporting turns by Meat Loaf and Minnie Driver (vets of other horror-musicals, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Phantom of the Opera, respectively) and focuses on Camilla, a starry-eyed teen who just wants to follow in her mother’s Broadway diva footsteps. Unfortunately, she’s stuck working in the kitchen of a snobby performing arts camp that’s plagued by a masked murderer.

Stage Fright can be viewed now on iTunes / On Demand and will be released in select theaters May 9. Watch a clip from one of the musical numbers and the film’s trailer below.

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  • NJjoe

    Queerty, trying to kill the fight against the stereotypes? I mean really???

  • Mezaien

    Dose all gay men are HOMOSEXUALS?.

  • Fang

    To answer your question: musical theatre absolutely makes one gay.

  • Razmos

    I dunno, I never actually liked Musical Theatre until I was like 19-20.
    I probably like musicals BECAUSE i’m gay, but it didn’t MAKE ME gay.

  • Cam

    Theater does not make kids gay.

    It simply allows gay kids to be fabulous.

  • Dakotahgeo

    Absolutely hilarious… but not true. Celebrate “gay”! Be yourself!

  • Tookietookie123

    I never liked musical theater, still makes me want to tear my ears off with a rusty knife, not sure why.

  • Large Marge

    I was straight before I saw CATS.

  • 1copaseticsoul

    No, gay teenagers make musical theater

  • jar

    Only if it’s done well.

  • mcflyer54

    @Large Marge: I liked musical theater until I saw “Cats”.

  • jmmartin

    There’s that eye-popping staging of “Rocky Horror” with Ezra Miller doing — I mean, playing — Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the movie, “Perks of a Wallflower.” We learn that Patrick is gay when Charlie (Logan Lerman) accidentally walks in on him with another guy. Why musicals? Doesn’t acting in any sort of theatrical attract lgbt queer youth? It attracted me, and I never did a musical.

  • Alan down in Florida

    That’s like asking if joining the math club or audio visual squad turns teenagers into nerds.

  • Captain Obvious

    It doesn’t not make them gay.

  • offbeatoh86

    Gay Cards? Why wasn’t I told of this?!

  • sejjo

    @Large Marge: I also saw “Cats” years ago and thought, “what’s happening to me?” The transformation was a little jarring.

  • Callum

    As a theatre technician, frankly I want to see this, as good or bad as it may be, just to see if they have to go through the whole process from design meetings through White Card, Final Design, plot, tech, dress and show :P

    Something tells me not, but it’ll at least be a damn sight better than that ‘isn’t it strange how all our last-minute shows are fully rehearsed and perfectly cued’ Glee crap.

    I don’t know whether or not that makes me really sad :P

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