Come & Meet His Dancin' Feet: Lee Roy Reams at 54Below
Huffington Post - over 2 years
I doubt anyone thinks that Applause, the 1970's musical version of All About Eve, is a seminal work, certainly not one of those "ground-breakers" like Show Boat, Company or A Chorus Line. And yet to me, it was every bit as important as the complete canon of Rodgers and Hammerstein simply because of one member of the original cast: Lee Roy Reams. Mr. Reams played Duane, Margo Channing's hairdresser (Channing was the indomitable Lauren Bacall), and to a theatrically leaning pre-teen, Reams's performance was a revelation, not because of his dancing abilities, which defied gravity, not because of his singing, his big Broadway belt bouncing off the last row of the Palace theater, but because he was playing an openly gay character on stage. His was the first portrayal of an open homosexual I had ever seen. I realized at that moment: if he can be proudly gay in front of 2,500 people at the Palace -- I didn't differentiate between him and the character; I was 11 -- I can be fine with ...
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