Photography by JUCO | Retouching by Anna Glen at Wet Noodle
The Moment: September 26, 1957: The premiere of the original Broadway production of West Side Story
As a choreographer for projects as varied as Black Watch, Once, and this year’s Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and Rocky musical, Steven Hoggett (far left) certainly knows how to make men move. “There's something about masculine physicality onstage,” Hoggett explains. “It’s more like movement, less like dance.” And playwright Brian Yorkey (second from left) also knows how to break ground. Since winning both a Pulitzer and Tony for the musical Next to Normal, he and composer Tom Kitt collaborated once again, this year premiering the Idina Menzel vehicle If/Then on Broadway, while Yorkey worked with Hoggett as part of the (mostly gay) creative team behind Sting’s new musical, The Last Ship.
Meanwhile, actor Nick Cearley (second from right) proved himself a creative multitasker on stage, performing in his underwear in the Skivvies cabaret act, and in a dress and heels in the Off-Broadway show Pageant. Also working Off-Broadway, Gideon Glick (far right) crafted an unusual portrayal of a gay man in Samuel D. Hunter’s The Few, in between appearing on TV’s Devious Maids and the Web series It Could Be Worse. As for Bobby Steggert (center), he starred as a young gay dad — a part written for him — in Terrence McNally’s 2014 Broadway hit Mothers and Sons. “It showed a continuum of how our perspectives on homosexuality have changed,” Steggert says. “My character — my generation — have grown up thinking that it’s a viable option to have a real family.”
Photographed at Davenport Theatre, New York on August 15, 2014
Styling by Michael Cook. Shirt by Calvin Klein Collection. Tank top by Calvin Klein. Pants by Marc Jacobs (Hoggett). Shirts and Pants by Levi’s. Shoes by Converse (Steggert). Shirts and Pants by Levi’s. Shoes by Converse (Cearley). Shirt by Original Penguin. Undershirt by Levi’s. Pants by Levi’s. Shoes by Converse (Glick)