As the musical Hairspray gets ready to set and hold our attention at the Princess of Wales (it’s in previews and opens May 5), let’s come out and state the obvious. It’s hard to mount a musical these days without courting the gay demographic.
With recent musicals on Broadway and the West End by or about Boy George, Queen (er, the rock group) and Elton John, you can’t have a show without some queer content. Or queer contributors. But maybe it’s been that way all along.