Monday, November 21, 2005

Queer Look At ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Frank Capra’s Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life is in the pink thanks to a Miami-based playwright.

David Sexton’s mincing musical, It’s a Fabulous Life, puts a holiday homosexual spin on the theme: What would life have been like for a playwright named Joe if he had never been born gay?

Sexton, who is openly gay, says the inspiration came during a conversation with his mother who blurted out, “Sometimes your father and I wonder where we went wrong.”

His response was, “You don’t realize it, but you have a happy life because your son is gay.”

In the play, Jimmy Stewart’s counterpart wishes he had never been born gay when his production of Randolph the Rainbow Reindeer goes to pot.

Sexton says the character recants his wish after he can no longer coordinate colors and loses his rhythm to dance.

The musical has played in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, but will premiere in Chicago at the Bailiwick theater November 27.

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