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Who Are the Most Powerful (Men) of Broadway?


'Back Stage' publishes its Broadway Power List, finds few women to celebrate


Curious who the movers and shakers that keep Broadway going are? Turns out--as if you ever questioned it--that a LOT of them are gay men. Back Stage has published their Broadway Power List, and sure to upset some people, there is only one woman on the list, Daryl Roth, and everyone is (also as could be predicted) white.

Interesting to note is that, at No. 4, Disney's Thomas Shumacher (he who anointed Julie Taymor and has raked in billions with The Lion King, alone) tops Scott Rudin, who has had some significant flops on Broadway (but at least takes some risks).

So maybe that's why the plays also tend to center on plots that white gay men would also find interesting?

Julia Roberts-loving No. 11 Ben Brantley (of the New York Times) also seems to be considered to have more esteem than Michael Reidel (15) of the New York Post.

Our man Stephen Sondheim remains on the list at No. 14, and hugely influential Cameron Mackintosh clocks in, surprisingly far down, at No. 19. Maybe it can be blamed on that Phantom of the Opera sequel, Love Never Dies?

Seems Kenny Leon needs to exert a little more power to make it on the list? And why aren't there any more ladies to stand proud near Roth (who luckily has a wealthy hubby)?

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