CHRISTOPHER SIEBERMiss Trunchbull in MatildaWhich three gay icons living or dead would you invite to your fabulous Pride pool party?Harvey Fierstein has to be there because that would be fun, Peter Allen because he could entertain us and Tammy Faye Bakker. Can you imagine?Which Broadway character needs to get over it and come out of the closet already?J. M. Barrie in Finding Neverland. Just come on out. Tell us about the little boys. Come on.Who’s your favorite LGBT Broadway musical character?Albin in La Cage. So deep, so funny. Hands down my favorite.Who was the first musical theater character you found yourself strangely attracted to?Robert Preston in The Music Man movie. He was charismatic and amazing. it wasn’t necessary like a crush but I was like, “I wanna be that guy.”What childhood obsession should have been a clear indicator to your family?I sang along to every Broadway cast recording my parents had and I put on these shows in the living room. My brother Mark was the stage manager. We had floor-to-ceiling curtains in front of a big window that you could open with a drawstring like a theater curtain. The lawn was my audience, the sun was my spotlight, the window frame was my proscenium. My parents would be like, “What are you doing?!” and I’d be like, “I’M DOING A SHOW.”Which LGBT icon needs their own Broadway bio-musical?Liza’s an opera waiting to happen. She’s wonderful but so many epic things have happened in her life including two gay husbands! That’s totally gonna be an opera one day. ROBIN DE JESUSBoq in WickedWho’s your favorite LGBT Broadway musical character?I’m gonna have to say Angel in Rent.Who was the first musical theater character you found yourself strangely attracted to?The Judge in Sweeney Todd? Kidding! I mean, the guys in West Side Story kind of turned me on as a kid going to see the musical. The Sharks and the Jets. I’m like the UN. Equal opportunist.What childhood obsession should have been a clear indicator to your family?Telenovelas. I loved them so. You couldn’t speak during telenovelas in my house! I’d be like, “Shhhhhhhhh!” You were liable to get an ass-whooping just for talking.Which LGBT icon needs their own Broadway bio-musical?There was that Andy Warhol musical happening a while ago. That would be fascinating.Which three gay icons living or dead would you invite to your fabulous Pride pool party?I would have RuPaul, Elizabeth Gilbert—even though she doesn’t pretend to be a gay icon, she is to me!—and Karen Olivo!What’s your Pride 2015 hashtag?#whenyourereadycomeandgetitWhich Broadway character needs to get over it and come out of the closet already?Maybe Usnavi in In the Heights? Whenever we were rehearsing the opening number, Lin-Manuel Miranda would change the lyrics “And one day I’ll be on a beach with Sonny writing checks to me” to “With Sonny having sex with me.” I mean, it would have been weird ’cause we were cousins, but if you removed that, it might be OK! Robin De Jesus JAY ARMSTRONG JOHNSONChip in On the TownWhat’s your Pride 2015 hashtag?#gayjay2015. Everyone called me Gay Jay in the third grade, even though I didn’t know I was gay. Apparently everyone else did. So I’m now gonna own it.Which LGBT icon needs their own Broadway bio-musical?Caitlyn Jenner? I mean, that’d be a pretty rich.What childhood obsession should have been a clear indicator to your family?Reba McEntire. Picture me chasseing around my living room to Reba McEntire as an eight year old Southern boy.Who was the first musical theater character you found yourself strangely attracted to?Gavin Creel. I don’t even remember the name of the character. All I remember it was Thoroughly Modern Millie and it was Gavin Creel.Which three gay icons living or dead would you invite to your fabulous Pride pool party?Judy Garland, Lady Gaga and Harvey Fierstein, just for some masculinity.When did you feel the most loud and proud onstage?At the National Equality March in 2009 performing with the cast of Hair. We sang “Let the Sunshine In” to 30,000 people marching on Washington.Which Broadway character needs to get over it and come out of the closet already?Judge Pitkin from On the Town. He’s supposed to be marrying Claire de Loon but come on. Let’s be real about it. MAX VON ESSENHenri Baurel in An American in ParisWhen did you feel the most loud and proud onstage?When I was in Jerry Springer: The Opera playing a transsexual named Tremont. It was such a huge challenge and I had to take a big leap to play someone going through this experience But it was so freeing to just jump out there and live this person.What childhood obsession should have been a clear indicator to your family?I was obsessed super early on with Liza Minnelli. I remember buying the album to The Act when I was in the fourth grade. I had the entire thing memorized. Nobody told me she was a gay icon. I just discovered it on my own in the record store.Who was the first musical theater character you found yourself strangely attracted to?Omar Sharif as Nicky Arnstein in Funny Girl. He was just so cool and romantic and such a gentleman. I loved it.Which LGBT icon needs their own Broadway bio-musical?This is so expected but Judy Garland. She needs like a La Vie en Rose kind of stage musical.Which three gay icons living or dead would you invite to your fabulous Pride pool party?You’d think for a pool party I’d want people who are really beautiful but I’d pick Oscar Wilde, Judy Garland and Shirley Bassey. I don’t need them in bathing suits. I just need to talk to them.Who’s your favorite LGBT Broadway musical character?Henri Baurel in An American in Paris. Even though he’s not quite there yet, I know he is ultimately. And he’s my favorite. View Comments Jay Armstrong Johnson Beth Malone, Robin de Jesus, Michael Urie, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Max von Essen & Christopher Sieber Photographed by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com at The Empire Hotel. MICHAEL URIECar in Shows for DaysWhich Broadway character needs to get over it and come out of the closet already?Max from The Sound of Music. Totally gay.Who was the first musical theater character you found yourself strangely attracted to?Does Bernadette Peters count? There was a lot going on when I first discovered her. A lot of confusion, a lot of excitement. But also Billy Bigelow. He’s not my type in life but there’s something about him.Which LGBT icon needs their own Broadway bio-musical?A Barry Manilow musical would be pretty fabulous.When did you feel the most loud and proud onstage?When I was in The Temperamentals, a beautiful play about the Mattachine Society, the first political group for gay people in the ’50s. The older generation of gay people who came to see that play were so moved. It was just really special to get to tell their story.What childhood obsession should have been a clear indicator to your family?I was really into film production design when I was a kid—Dick Tracy, Beetlejuice, Batman… Really into style. And when I was 15 or so, I discovered cast albums. One Christmas, I got the album to Miss Saigon and later in the day, I was in my room listening to it and my parents were like, “What are you doing?” and I was like, “I’m FALLING IN LOVE with Miss Saigon!” Even then, I was like, “Wow, that sounded really gay.”Which three gay icons living or dead would you invite to your fabulous Pride pool party?Peter Allen at the jukebox, Charles Nelson Reilly at the grill and Greg Louganis on the diving board. Max von Essen Michael Urie Beth Malone Star Files BETH MALONEAlison in Fun HomeWhich Broadway character needs to get over it and come out of the closet already?The Genie from Aladdin. He’s super gay! Super. Gay.Who was the first musical theater character you found yourself strangely attracted to?Donald O’Connor in Singin’ in the Rain! I wanted to be him. If you think about it he’s kind of like a scrappy little lesbian in that movie. I wasn’t attracted to him, but I wanted to be him! And of course, Debbie Reynolds in movies like The Unsinkable Molly Brown. So scrappy.What childhood obsession should have been a clear indicator to your family?Kristy McNichol. I was obsessed with Little Darlings. I wore that VHS tape out. And Jodie Foster in the Disney movie Candleshoe. When I was very young I saw that and it literally was my “Ring of Keys” moment. It was like DING! I like her… I’m like her.. You know what I mean?Who’s your favorite LGBT Broadway musical character?When I was in high school I saw La Cage aux Folles and fell in love with Albin. He’s all love and just the mother you wish you had.Which three gay icons living or dead would you invite to your fabulous Pride pool party?Judy Garland, Divine and Mary Martin. Can I say that out loud? I really think Mary Martin was gay and I’d love to have her come to my pool party!Which LGBT icon needs their own Broadway bio-musical?It would be interesting to hear the genesis of Tom Cruise! That would be a good musical! It’s Pride Week in New York City, and the Big Apple is buzzing with tons of fun events to celebrate LGBT rights, from parades to festivals to sweaty dance parties. Broadway.com got in on the action and threw a Pride pool party on the roof of the Empire Hotel for a crew of awesome out Broadway stars. We snapped sexy shots of the stars and asked them about their gay icons, Pride hashtags, childhood obsessions and tons more. Jump in! Christopher Sieber View All (6)
There’s plenty of evidence, in the article and elsewhere, that this kind of deregulation has plenty to do with investment and job growth.There is also plenty of evidence that econ reporters at major publications have spent the past decade propping up economists who tell them what they want to hear.That is to say, they prop up economists who obsess over “inequality” rather than economic growth, who worry about the future of labor unions or climate change or whatever policy liberals happen to be plying at the moment.There are plenty of economists out there making good arguments for the free market who will never be member of the “economists say” clique.For eight years, we consistently heard about how “economists say” everything Democrats were doing was great (even when hundreds disagreed).Unsurprisingly, “economists” were wrong about a lot.The rosy predictions set by President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers regarding the “stimulus,” the administration’s prediction of 4.6 percent growth by 2012 and the Congressional Budget Office predictions about Obamacare were all way off base. But not to worry!Over the next few thousand words, the authors do their best to assure readers that neither deregulation nor tax cuts are really behind this new economic activity — even if business leaders keep telling them otherwise.For example, they claim that “There is little historical evidence tying regulation levels to growth.”A few paragraphs later, we again learn that “The evidence is weak that regulation actually reduces economic activity or that deregulation stimulates it.”A reporter without an agenda might have written that evidence was “arguable,” because I bet I could corral a bunch of economists to tell you that lowering the cost of doing business spurs economic activity quite often.And though the Trump administration somewhat overstates its regulatory cutbacks, it has stopped hundreds of Obama-era regulations from being enacted.Even better, it has stopped thousands of yet-to-be-invented regulations from ever being considered. Perhaps these corporations only did it all to gain favor with the administration.Hey, some people suck up to government by cutting bonus checks for their workers, and some people make electric cars no one wants.The fact is that deregulation and tax cuts matter.We already have evidence.We just don’t give voice to the economists who would tell us so.David Harsanyi is a senior editor at The Federalist and a nationally syndicated columnist.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists (Indeed, 36 percent of those polled gave the wholly rational answer of “uncertain.”)“We’ll be lucky to have 2 percent” growth, “economists say” regular Mark Zandi told CNN in May.Certainly, the economy doesn’t have the room to grow that it had in 2007 or 2012.But so far, Zandi is wrong about that.Neither deregulation nor tax cuts are a panacea.But businesses have already acted on deregulation and corporate tax cuts.Dozens of companies announced they would hand out bonus checks to hundreds of thousands of workers before the corporate tax cut was even signed into law. Categories: Editorial, Opinion“A wave of optimism has swept over American business leaders, and it is beginning to translate into the sort of investment in new plants, equipment and factory upgrades that bolsters economic growth, spurs job creation — and may finally raise wages significantly,” opens a recent New York Times article surveying the state of the American economy.One imagines that readers of the esteemed paper were surprised to run across such a rosy assessment after having been bombarded with news of a homicidal Republican tax plan for so many weeks. Vox, a leading light in the liberalism-masquerading-as-science genre, ran an article headlined “The Controversial Study Showing High Minimum Wages Kill Jobs, Explained.”You might wonder why incessantly quoted studies from liberal “nonpartisan” groups that falsely predicted minimum wages wouldn’t hurt cities aren’t “controversial.”Because if you want to raise the minimum wage, you will raise the price of labor and often reduce the amount of labor that’s going to be hired.That’s the trade-off.For decades, most economists agreed.While most economists I’ve known are relatively humble about forecasting, the ones who aren’t get most of the press.“Out of 42 Top Economists, Only 1 Believes the GOP Tax Bills Would Help the Economy,” a November Vox headline read. There are thousands of unknowns that can’t be quantified or computed, including human nature.But after decades of using data to help us think about goods, services, jobs, consumption and our choices, “economists say” is now used to coat liberal policy positions with a veneer of scientific certitude.And since Democrats began successfully aligning economics with social engineering, we’ve stopped seriously talking about the tradeoffs of regulations.A good example of this trend is the push for a $15 minimum wage — an emotionally satisfying, popular and destructive policy idea.Most cities that have passed the hike have experienced job losses.When researchers at the University of Washington studied Seattle’s $15 minimum-wage hike, one of the largest in the nation, they found that thousands of fewer jobs were created and thousands of people lost hours of work, making them poorer.No doubt a lot of people were surprised.