What I love about broadway is that for decades they have been opened and accepting of everything from race to age to being gay. In Cabaret there is a scene about being bisexual and gay moments go back even further. Because of this I wanted to try and think of the top ten broadway songs about being gay or for gay people.
The top ten broadway songs about being gay are both positive songs as well as negative ones. There are songs sung by the people around them, the gay character coming out or singing about being gay or about why being gay is bad. Either way, broadway has always embraced and loved different cultures and people regardless of orientation or color or age and that is why I wanted to do this post about the top ten broadway songs about being gay.
I am what I am from La Cage Aux Folles
This is probably one of the most famous broadway songs about being gay. It is the main character singing about not caring what other people think and being who he/she is. I am what I am from La Cage Aux Folles is one of the most loved and sung or performed songs at pride festivals and from the show.
Keep it Gay from The Producers
Keep it Gay from The Producers is one of the funny gay songs. It is the two main characters approaching an extremely flamboyant Director (Roger Dupree) who thinks that everything should be gay. The gayer you make things the better. Anyways, he takes the musical about Hitler and makes it about as gay as it can be and this is the scene where the main characters convince him to do the show.
Today for You Tomorrow For Me from Rent
Today for You Tomorrow For Me from Rent isn’t really about being gay, but it also is at the same time because it is when Angel is introducing himself to Tom’s best friends and performing in drag singing about today being for them and tomorrow is a day for her. Take me or leave me or some of the other songs are more about being gay or in relationships, but this one stood out when I was thinking about what songs to put on the list of the top ten broadway songs about being gay.
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell from Zanna Don’t
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell from Zanna Don’t is a reverse gay song. In the show everyone is gay but two characters who are in the closet being straight. Since being straight is bad in the show, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is a song about trying to come out but being scared too. It is one of the hardest things for gay people to do which is why I wanted to include Don’t Ask Don’t Tell from Zanna Don’t on this list.
We Belong from Priscilla Queen of the Dessert
We Belong from Priscilla Queen of the Dessert is about belonging no matter who you are. In the end of the show the entire cast comes out in drag and sings that they belong. On the trip to Alice Springs the three main characters go through numerous things from being made fun of to being attacked and even having someone spray paint their bus. The song We Belong from Priscilla Queen of the Dessert is about everyone belonging regardless if they are gay or straight.
If You Were Gay from Avenue Q
If You Were Gay from Avenue Q is about a roommate singing that he is ok and will support his roommate if he were gay. Unfortunately his roommate is in the closet and scared to come out because he is a conservative republican. The song is one of the funnier songs in the show but also causes a fight between the two characters even though the one was just trying to say that he supports his roommate if his roommate decides to come out of the closet.
My Father is a Homo from Falsettos
This is a song about a kid singing about his father being a Homo. It is basically a song about a kid realizing their Dad is gay and how they deal with it, think about it and if they are ok with it. Each kid reacts differently when they find out one of their parents are gay, and here is how this kid reacted to finding out her dad is gay.
Turn it Off from The Book of Mormon
Turn it Off from The Book of Mormon is a funny song about Elder McKinley being gay and finding a way to turn it off. One thing that is kind of different in this song is that one of the straight characters says that it’s ok to be gay as long as you don’t act on it, but because of their religion the gay character is convinced that being gay is bad so it is better to turn it off. The song is hilarious and they do a great spoof, however in real life there are a ton of gay people who are scared to come out because they have been told that being gay is bad or evil or a sin.
His Name is Lancelot’s – Spamalot
His Name is Lancelot’s from Spamalot is a hilarious song where Lancelot is supposed to be saving a princess who turns out to be a prince that is gay. At first Lancelot is turned off but then realizes that he is gay and in love with the prince. The song is absolutely hilarious and one that everyone in the crowd loved.
Broadway Isn’t Just For Gays Anymore – Neil Patrick Harris at the Tonys.
This is just funny. It’s Neil Patrick Harris singing to all of the straight people in the audience at the Tony’s that Broadway isn’t just for the gays. He goes through why straight people should like it and then goes into the audience and even shows some of the straight Actors and Actresses who love broadway and are also straight.
Broadway has always supported gay people as well as brought up issues from different groups of people. There are a ton of other broadway songs about being gay, but these are my top ten broadway songs about being gay. Feel free to leave a comment below and share your favorite broadway song about being gay.