Broadway Star Bobby Steggert Comes Out as Gay
According 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.