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.

Comments

  1. Mike Ryan says

    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.

  2. Miguel R. says

    “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.

  3. Profe Sancho Panza says

    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!).

  4. says

    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”.

  5. D.B. says

    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.

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