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Broadway Star Bobby Steggert Comes Out as Gay

SteggertAccording to a Towleroad tipster, a new profile in OUT magazine for the soon-to-open musical Big Fish is the first time Broadway star Bobby Steggert has spoken about his sexuality publicly:

Based on Daniel Wallace’s Odyssey-inspired 1998 book, which was given the big-screen treatment by Tim Burton in 2003, the Southern Gothic fantasy centers on the strained relationship between tall-tale–telling Edward Bloom (Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz) and Will (Steggert), his frustrated, grown-up son who’s determined to uncover the truth of his father’s past. With direction and choreography by Susan Stroman, a score by Andrew Lippa, and myriad eye-popping visuals, this version mixes fairytale with existentialism, and has all the trappings of a hit.

The role also marks Steggert’s most mature, complex portrayal to date. Up until his turn as a gay dad in Mothers and Sons—"I think it's a gay actor's responsibility to give full-blooded life to gay characters"—the 32-year-old actor spent years starring in coming-of-age stories. He played a conflicted gay soldier in the Off-Broadway World War II musical Yank! and earned a Tony nom for his performance in the 2009 revival of McNally’s Ragtime. His work in the latter actually inspired the four-time Tony-winning scribe to write a role for him in Mothers. “Now I’m playing men dealing with adult issues,” Steggert says.

While we've seen plenty of profiles of Steggert for his gay roles, none of them mentioned his own sexuality. If he's already out, then hooray! Blame our goof on this new nonchalant trend of breaking it to the world.

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  1. won't it be great when people don't have to announce this? just be who and what they are, hope we're closer to that day.

    Posted by: Cd in DC | Sep 6, 2013 9:16:32 AM

  2. Kind of makes up for Stark Sands being straight.

    Posted by: DWP | Sep 6, 2013 9:30:11 AM

  3. I've been a huge fan since seeing "YANK" & was always under the impression that Bobby Steggert was openly gay.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Sep 6, 2013 10:22:47 AM

  4. 32? He looks 20 and very much like the cute kid next door. I don't know that people will ever stop making such announcements. Being gay is something special and nothing to ever be embarrassed about but more to trumpet. I like to know who is gay and who isn't and feel betrayed by those who hide being gay "for my career". That's bullpucky. If you can't stand on your own as a gay person then you're defeating your own life's purpose - to be who you are. There will always be those who dislike you for one reason or another - that's just life. Never hide being gay.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Sep 6, 2013 10:48:40 AM

  5. "I'm so surprised that Broadway star is gay" said no one. KIDDING! Congrats to him for having the courage to publicly come out. It takes a lot of courage.

    Posted by: Miguel R. | Sep 6, 2013 10:50:37 AM

  6. Let me know what a Broadway star comes out as straight. That would be news.

    Posted by: Quicksilver | Sep 6, 2013 11:19:50 AM

  7. Thank you, Captain Obvious. Did anyone not know he was gay?

    Posted by: Paul | Sep 6, 2013 12:04:12 PM

  8. His performance in "Yank" - about a heartbreaking gay romance between WWII soldiers, was one of the most moving things i've yet seen on a new york stage.

    well met, brother. welcome to the club.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Sep 6, 2013 12:59:50 PM

  9. Steggert was not in the closet before this interview. Thanks to Big Fish, though, he's on the media radar to a somewhat greater extent. And he was wonderful in YANK (which is getting a cast album, btw!).

    Posted by: Profe Sancho Panza | Sep 6, 2013 1:57:21 PM

  10. CD in DC, what article did you read??? He is the very definition of "just be who and what they are." Who is announcing anything?

    Posted by: James | Sep 6, 2013 2:45:00 PM

  11. the only way to get closer to a day when you can "just be who and what you are" is by all of us grown-adults Coming Out. to anyone and everyone.

    you can't get to step 20 without taking steps 1-19.

    want a world where gay people no longer have to come out? COME OUT. to everybody. remove the anti-gay stigma. then, and only then, will culture shift away from "straight until confirmed gay".

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Sep 6, 2013 2:59:29 PM

  12. I'm pretty sure that Steggert wasn't in the closet prior to this interview -- in NY theater circles it's common knowledge that he is gay. He just wasn't yet famous enough for anyone in the media to really care. BTW, he's really talented and deserves to be a great success.

    Posted by: D.B. | Sep 6, 2013 3:17:47 PM

  13. I'm with CD! What makes one normal, and another not normal?

    Posted by: billmiller | Sep 7, 2013 8:26:32 AM

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