PHOTOS: Broadway’s Hair Lets The Sun Shine In With Three Gay Weddings On Stage

Jul 26, 2011 by

Dietz and Levine enjoy their moment on the Broadway stage. Someone give them a special Tony!

(Ryan Dietz and his partner, Josh Levine, were among three gay couples wed at a special ceremony after Monday night’s performance of Hair.)

I arrived at Broadway’s St. James Theatre at 9:15pm on Monday, July 25—one day after gay marriage was legalized in New York. The marquee for Hair extended above me–and there was a bustle of press and tourists itching to find out what was about to take place. I was quickly ushered into the lobby of the theater, where I heard the cast belting out “Let the Sun Shine” at the end of the performance.

Once the audience started applauding, I dashed in front of the audience to get a front row view of a true New York moment:  Broadway Impact teamed up with Oscar Eustis, Artistic Director of the Public Theater and Jordan Roth, president of Jujamcyn Theaters, to host a triple same-sex wedding of members of the Broadway community. Actress and singer Terri White and her partner, jewelry designer Donna Barnett; actor Ryan Dietz and his partner, playwright Josh Levine; and Broadway stage doorman John Raymond Barker and his partner, Jujamcyn usher Jared Pike, all said “I do” in one of the most momentous ways.

Tony Award nominee Colman Domingo (MAD TV, Scottsboro Boys) officiated the ceremony, which was followed by a big gay dance party with cast members, family and the most loving audience on Broadway. Forget about 1967, 2011 truly is the summer of love.

If you want to “Believe in Love,” you better hurry: Hair only runs at the St. James through September 10.

Images by Jeffrey James Keyes

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Follies star Terri White (left) and her partner, Donna Barnett, take their first steps as a married couple. Congrats, ladies!

Follies star Terri White (left) and her partner, Donna Barnett, take their first steps as a married couple. Congrats, ladies!

Cast members from Hair celebrate the special night

Cast members from Hair celebrate the special night

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Barnett waves to the audience

Barnett waves to the audience

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Colman Domingo got ordained especially for the occassion.

Colman Domingo got ordained especially for the occassion.

Couple John Raymond Barker and Jared Pike eagerly await their big moment.

Couple John Raymond Barker and Jared Pike eagerly await their big moment.

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Ryan Dietz and his partner, Josh Levine, hug it out.

Ryan Dietz and his partner, Josh Levine, hug it out.

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Dietz and Levine

Dietz and Levine

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