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03/11/2009

Art imitates life. Life dares to watch it.

by Jeremy Hooper

This is the trailer for the new off-broadway musical This Beautiful City:

So since this is an NYC interpretation the religious right, you might expect that most of the Colorado Springs evangelicals with even a passing connection to the show would reluctant to take in the show. However, last night, a man with the most direct of direct connections dared to brave the production:

Former evangelical superpastor Ted Haggard slipped out of the Vineyard Theatre at 9:15pm tonight, with his wife, Gayle, and two other companions: filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi, who directed the 2007 HBO documentary The Trials of Ted Haggard, and her husband, Michael Vos. All four had just seen the new Civilians docutheater piece, This Beautiful City, in which Haggard’s notorious fall from grace plays an important role.
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“It was surreal, watching Ted Haggard watch the show,” said Garvey-Blackwell. “It was nerve-racking for us. I went up to them at intermission, just to say that we were glad they were here and that they stayed. His wife was lovely. And he just said, ‘You’re doing a great job,’ and Gayle said, ‘We’re really happy to see the show.’”

Pastor tense: Ted Haggard visits This Beautiful City [TONY]

Say what you want about the man, but willfully watching your sex and drug scandal play out on a stage takes guts. Hell, we got uncomfy at Cats because one of the anthropomorphic furballs had a passing resemblance to one our childhood friend's puss. We can only imagine how much we'd be cowering behind our Playbills if our life's most intimate details were treading across the off-Broadway boards!

So yea, Ted -- good show! Now tonight, trek a few blocks north to Chelsea and dare to get to know some of the real life gays that you and your peers dedicated/still dedicate your days to demonizing.

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Jeremy have you seen this yet? It's really great. Highly recommended to all you nearby Gothamite sodomites ('n' their friends)

Posted by: Sykler | Mar 11, 2009 4:48:34 PM

I think I'm going Thursday night, Sykler.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Mar 11, 2009 4:57:26 PM

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