Long Time No Talk! Hello Everyone! Liv here. Happy Pride Month! In honor of this month, I am going to be talking about four queer musicals you need to listen to specifically this month. There are plenty of other queer musicals, but here are a few just to get you started if you don’t normally listen to musicals!
HEAVY TRIGGER WARNING FOR EMOTIONAL ABUSE, SUICIDE, NEGLECT, AND UNDERAGE SEX
FUN HOME is one of the most heart-breaking yet beautiful shows I’ve ever seen. The show follows an adult Alison Bechdel as she’s looking back on her childhood and relationship with her closeted gay father while being a gay woman. There are three different ‘versions’ (young Alison, college-age Alison, and adult Alison). It is based on the graphic novel by the same title. It is very heavy (as you can see by the trigger warnings), but it is very important.
TRIGGER WARNING FOR HIV/AIDS AND SUICIDE IDEATION
If you haven’t listened to RENT yet (firstly, sort your life out), but there is no better month to start than pride month! RENT, for so many people, was their introduction into musical theatre. It was one of the first ‘Rock Musicals’ and really kickstarted non-traditional theatre. The musical follows a cast of characters living in New York City during the AIDs crisis. It features a f/f relationship and a possible m/m relationship**
**Note** I say possible because the character is a drag queen, however it can be argued the character is trans.
This may be a musical you’ve never heard of! It has never actually been in production; it’s only ever been workshopped. It follows an openly gay boy named Logan as he starts college. His new housemates revoke his “gay card”, and he it set on a quest to ‘earn’ it back. I haven’t listened to it as much as the others, so I am not certain on trigger warnings to watch out for!
TRIGGER WARNING: ABUSE, NEGLECT, INTERNALIZED HOMOPHOBIA, DEATH, HIV/AIDS
While this show is very ‘heavy’, it is very important. The musical follows a married man named Marvin who leaves his wife and son to be with his (boy)friend. It really evaluates ‘manhood’ and what it means to be a family. This is personally one of my favorite musicals even though it discusses difficult topics.
Liv is a 17 year old book blogger who resides in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, petting cats, and listening to musicals.