Boys In The Band Benefit

I had to cut my Go-Go’s festivities short in order to dash to the midnight performance of The Boys in the Band, which was a benefit for The Actors Fund.  Since everyone involved donated their time, they raised quite a pretty penny.  The capacity crowd was probably the best audience the cast ever had.  There’s something subversive about seeing The Boys in the Band at a midnight show with an audience primarily made up of gay theatre folk.  There was a feeling of camaraderie, warmth, solidarity – and that was even before the divine Charles Busch took the stage to thank us for what we were doing just by buying tickets and showing up (you’re welcome).

It is entirely possible one will never assemble as evenly talented a cast for this show ever again.  There was no weak link. Those of you who follow my column, please take note of the statement I am about to make – it was almost impossible to take one’s eyes off of Andrew Rannells.  I found him positively riveting.  Perhaps a tad too aggressive at times, but you know – BOLD choices.  Throughout the performance, I wondered how it would be if Andrew and Matt Bomer switched roles.  If you sit on the left side of the balcony (or in the box), you get the best view of Bomer’s underwear and shower sequence.  And at the end, you get a great view of Rannells and Tuc Watkins coupling – which was definitely worth the price of admission.  Perhaps a brief bit of Bomer’s briefs was captured for posterity, if not posterior.  I suppose the only way to know for sure is to check out

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