Saturday, November 16, 2013

Theater Queen

Hi. My name is The PC.

I am straight as straight can be.

And, I am a theater queen.

"Hello, PC!"

I have known this for some time.

The Blog began his love affair with live theater in his youth with minor roles in school plays in his elementary and Jr. High days.

In high school, The Blog landed major roles...

Prince Haemon in Sophocles' "Antigone" and The Mad Hatter in "Alice in Wonderland."

The Blog's first brush with the musical genre was as a member of "The River City Boy's Band," playing the trombone, badly, on purpose, in "The Music Man."

In college, The PC played several parts, the villainous Professor Moriarity in "Sherlock Holmes," the romantic lead Aaron Jablonski in Arthur Laurents' (see below) "Invitation to a March," and Dr. Frank N. Furter in "The Rocky Horror Show."

Post college, he played the uber macho Harold Ryan in "Happy Birthday, Wanda June," and the Karloffian Jonathan Brewster in "Arsenic and Old Lace."

The Blog auditioned for, but, disappointingly, did not get the role of Mordred in "Camelot."

"The Music Man," "Camelot," "Oklahoma," "The Magic Show," "Little Shop of Horrors..."

Damn, The Blog loves theater!

But, nothing drove the fact home to me so much as the moment, a few weeks ago, when a gay coworker, a theater queen so dedicated that he travels from Los Angeles to New York to see the latest that Broadway has to offer, asked, "Hey! PC! I'm drawing a blank. Who wrote "West Side Story?"

Me: "Book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. You're welcome."

What the fuck is my point here?

Oh, right.

I am straight. And, bucking the common stereotype, I love theater.

The PC is not really the straightest Broadway baby.

                                                James Cagney was a song and dace man.

                                                                 As is Mandy Patankin.

                                                        Not to mention Hugh Jackman.

Mrs. Blog and I are what you might call "patrons of the theater."

We frequent performances at The Pantages in Hollywood, The Falcon Theater in Toluca Lake, The La Mirada Theater, Los Cerritos Performing Arts Center, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center and The Segerstrom Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa.

The Blog has worked in show business for over 30 years.

One of the high points of my career was working with the original Broadway cast of "Green Day's American Idiot."

So, what is my point?

A couple of videos have gone viral this week.

And, as a straight theater queen, I love them both.

The first is a one man performance of "The Phantom of the Opera."

The other is a performance at a wedding reception.

Watch and enjoy.

Tomorrow, The Blog is dragging his ass to the Home Depot and tooling up to do some super masculine tool stuff at home.

When I am done, we are going to Toluca Lake to enjoy a play.

Because that is how this totally straight, theater queen roles.

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