a glimpse of stocking

as a gay male, it’s pretty much mandatory i attend at least one broadway musical while in new york.  don’t get me wrong ~ i think they’re absolutely fabulous!  truth be told, i feared i’d never be able to narrow down the field to just one.  hesitantly, i began my research and – holy moly – discovered that a revival of cole porter’s *anything goes was opening up just in time for my visit and the cast included – sweet jesus – joel grey!!!  needless to say (after employing three consecutive exclamation points), decision made.  and now all of a sudden, it’s here, it’s tonight!  [sigh]  you see, when i was a high school freshman, when i nervously decided to get involved with my church theater group, they happened to be staging a production of anything goes.  i instantly fell in love with cole porter, with tap dance, with set design, with men wearing make-up, with jazz squares, with this wild new world of live theater… and it utterly transformed my soul.  seriously.

okay, i’m starting to get heart palpitations.  [breathe]  i leave you with a gem of a lyric from cole porter’s genius:

when grandmama whose age is eighty

in nightclubs is getting matey with gigolos

anything goes!


2 Responses to “a glimpse of stocking”

  1. 1 Ed Goldberg May 10, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I am actually old enough to recall when loving musicals was not a badge of one’s gender preference. I knew, and remember, words to many musicals, from Oklahoma! to Bye, Bye Birdie. I was in college when the film of West Side Story came out, and all the NYC guys already had the original cast LPs, and could sing the words, and knew that the movie changed the order of the songs.
    That is one of the reasons to love Glee!, because it makes musicals unisex again.

  2. 2 Carl May 11, 2011 at 11:04 am

    As a straight male who loves musicals, I celebrate your journey. On a side note, one benefit of “musical knowledge” is the ability to embarrass spouses and children in a moment’s notice. The zeitgeist of the collected musicals’ content provides sung content for every, and I mean EVERY, occasion.

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