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#66 Challenging intolerance with a smile

Times have definitely changed, and for the better, when the opening number for the 2011 Tony Awards is Neil Patrick Harris singing, “Broadway: it’s not just for gays any more”.

Harris sang and danced his way through David Javerbaum’s upbeat lyrics and Adam Schlesinger’s catchy music with warm-hearted aplomb, pulling straight celebrities out of the audience to chime in (with hilarious results).

One writer chalked the song up to Broadway’s determination to grab the night back from Hollywood, which scooped a lot of the top awards in 2010. Whatever the truth of that, the song came after the fact. Prizes were already in the pocket when the song aired on network television.

The song was a high-energy invitation to see live theatre as something for everyone, but the gay-friendly direction from which it was delivered was a gentle nose tweaking for what my partner’s daughter calls a “heterosexist” society. I started smiling at these lyrics and felt like cheering when the song ended.

If you feel like someone that this world excludes,
it’s no longer only for dudes who like dudes!

A huge thanks to my partner’s niece, Tanya, for sending the link to this video. I was grinning ear to ear while watching it.


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