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May 21, 2021

Gay as They Say – Mark Nadler
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May 21 and 22 at 11 ET and May 23 at 6 ET

Did you ever listen to a song written by one of the great lyricists and hear a phrase that made you say, “Did I just hear what I think I heard?” In this fun and tuneful show, Mark Nadler explores the theory that Cole Porter, Noël Coward, Larry Hart and Billy Strayhorn meant what you think they meant when they wrote provocative, gay-sounding phrases in their lyrics.

Mark Nadler is an internationally acclaimed singer, pianist, tap-dancer and comedian. He is the recipient of the 2015 Broadway World Editor’s Choice Award for Entertainer of the Year.

His off-Broadway hit, I’m a Stranger Here Myself, won the 2013 Nightlife Award and he has been nominated for a Drama Desk Award and two Broadway World Awards.

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  • Bone says:

    Kind of like Disney animators sneaking porn into cartoons.

  • John Borstlap says:

    All that labelling merely fuels identity problems.

    • Paul Brownsey says:

      How does it “fuel” them?

      • John Borstlap says:

        Well, that seems to be obvious. ‘Do I like women? Or men? Or both? Or partly this and partly that? Or partly nothing at all, or my mother or the housekeeper?’ Then, anxiously a book is ordered from amazon with the labelling discourse, offering infinite variations and then, the confusion begins: ‘Which one should I need? Should I tell my wife? My mother? My children? My boss? How would the postman react?’

        Compare it with food. People have their preferences but nobody thinks of putting-up a labelling exercise. It creates group think, dividing people instead of uniting them: ‘Did you hear? Claire is a vegetarian while first she said she was a vegan’. ‘I did not want to air this but in my family we have people who are fond of broccoli’. ‘Oh dear! And knowing that you are a pizza lover!’ ‘Pizza? Me? Never!’ ‘But I heard that some time ago you had a pizza delivery at your door and…’ ‘You must be out of your mind, I would never yield to such temptations.’ Etc. etc….

        People’s amorous interests and preferences are on a gliding scale – has long been established by countless research – and all that group think, dividing-up populations in broccolists and veganists and pizzists, does not create understanding but confusion and anxiety. Hence the silly pride parades in silly clothes. (Imagine that for vegetarians.)