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5 Broadway Shows to See Before Pride Month Ends

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|by Robert Peterpaul |

Pride is still going strong in NYC, and here’s what to see in celebration

The beauty of theater is its ability to both reflect our stories and to connect us with the journeys of those seemingly different than us. This adage rings louder during Pride month, reminding the world to celebrate a community that has fought for acceptance and love, and simultaneously contributed immensely to the greater good. For this reason, Broadway fully honors the LGBTQ+ community all year round, but especially in June. In addition to the radiant rainbow Playbills lighting up all theater houses this time of year, there’s an extra reason to see these five Broadway shows before Pride month ends.

Isabelle McCalla and Caitlin Kinnunen in ‘The Prom’ (Photo: Deen van Meer)

Isabelle McCalla and Caitlin Kinnunen in ‘The Prom’ (Photo: Deen van Meer)

The Prom
There could be a whole separate essay on why you should see The Prom this month, but we’ll keep it short: Everyone’s invited to this hilarious and original romp that centers on the love between two high school girls. And if its big heart and relevant storyline aren’t enough, how about the fact that this is simply one of your last chances to see it on Broadway? This show was nominated for a whopping 7 Tony Awards this year, and will take its final bow on August 11 – but be sure to keep an eye out for both the national tour and a star-studded Netflix movie version.

Mean Girls
While the movie was fetch, the musical oozes with extra pizzazz this month, making it “too gay to function” in the best way possible. Tap on down a cautionary road with Damian and Janis during Pride for soaring numbers, stellar laughs and a powerful reminder to be true to yourself.

Be More Chill
Be More Chill introduced a colorful new world of possibilities for what a musical could look and sound like, with a diverse cast featuring many Broadway newcomers, eye-popping costumes and sets, and an electronically-infused pop rock score. At the core of the story of sci-fi high school mishaps, though, is the rapport between Jeremy and his longtime best friend, Michael. A role for which George Salazar won a 2019 Lucille Lortel Award, Michael is the proud child of two moms, and sings the teen alienation anthem “Michael in the Bathroom.”  

Ain’t Too Proud
This show isn’t just on this list because of the title or the boppin’ Temptations tunes. We fully support the show’s out and proud breakout star Jeremy Pope, who has been a beacon of change in the industry. “My purpose on this earth is to be a light and to shine light on the stories of the unfortunate, of the misunderstood,” he recently told Playbill. “I want to provide healing and help for those who need it as much as I can through song, through dance, through words. Humanizing people and (showing) how beautiful and strong these people are.”

The Lion King
Pride rock has a whole new meaning once June rolls around. In addition to all of the fantastic LGBTQ talents that have worked on and continue to work on this show, with a new live-action Lion King movie set for release next month, it is more pertinent than ever. Not to mention the fact that gay icon Beyoncé is set to star in the new movie, so brush up on your Broadway before it hits the big screen in July!

For more of the best of Broadway this season, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in July 2019

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