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by Michael Portantiere



    Getting Married Today

    The movement for marriage equality was given a huge boost on Sunday, May 17 when such fabulous Broadway folks as Cynthia Nixon, David Hyde Pierce, Cheyenne Jackson, Audra McDonald, and the cast of Hair gathered with Governor Paterson, Mayor Bloomberg, other politicians and activists in midtown Manhattan to rally for the cause. Check out my pix of the event, and to see what you can do to help, visit www.BroadwayImpact.com.

    Photo by Michael Portantiere

    The company of Hair got the rally off to a thrilling start with two numbers from their show.


    Photo by Michael Portantiere

    Tony Award nominee Gavin Creel, who plays Claude in Hair, is one of the movers and shapers behind the pro-marriage equality organization Broadway Impact.


    Photo by Michael Portantiere

    Cheyenne Jackson, another out and proud Broadway star.


    Photo by Michael Portantiere

    Cynthia Nixon brought along her Sex and the City cohort Kristin Davis for moral support...


    Photo by Michael Portantiere

    ...and then spoke passionately about the cause.


    Photo by Michael Portantiere

    Two more openly gay Broadway stars: Christopher Sieber and John Tartaglia, both of whom are in Shrek.


    Photo by Michael Portantiere

    Also out and proud: David Hyde Pierce (Accent on Youth, Curtains).


    Photo by Michael Portantiere

    Broadway performers Eric Sciotto and David Eggers with their beautiful son, Samson.


    Photo by Michael Portantiere

    Playwright Douglas Carter Beane was on hand with his partner and children.


    Photo by Michael Portantiere

    Four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald brought the rally to an end with a stirring song.

    Monday, May 18, 2009 at 11:42 PM | Item Link


    Michael Portantiere comes to BroadwayStars with more than 30 years' experience as an editor and writer for such media outlets as TheaterMania.com, InTHEATER magazine, and BACK STAGE. He has also contributed articles and reviews to AfterElton.com, Playbill, and Stagebill, and has written notes for several major cast albums. Additionally, Michael is a professional photographer whose pictures have been published by THE NEW YORK TIMES, the DAILY NEWS, and several notable websites. (Visit www.followspotphoto.com for more information.)
    He can be reached at michael@broadwaystars.com


    The last five columns written by Michael Portantiere:

    07/13/2010: Presidential Material

    07/04/2010: Hardy Boy

    06/29/2010: High School Stars

    06/21/2010: Falling in Love Again

    06/17/2010: A Meeting of the 'mos (and Their Friends)

    For a listing of all features written by Michael, click here.

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