Just in time for LGBTQ+ Pride Month, City Lights Theater Company in San Jose presents Gender Bent Broadway. That is to say, actors singing songs from roles they've always wanted to play, but couldn't because of boring gender norms.
If you’re a fan of musical theater, and what 7 year old isn’t, it’s easy to love Robert Preston singing “Ya Got Trouble” from the 1957 Broadway musical The Music Man.
Chloë Angst of Fremont fell in love with the song when she was 7.
"I loved it so much and I thought, 'I want to play that part one day,'" Angst said, taking a moment's respite from rehearsals ahead of the concert Sunday night.
But when she became a professional actor, right here in the San Francisco Bay Area, Angst was shocked to discover most casting directors seem inclined to hire biological males for roles written for men.