The musical adaptation of the film "Big Fish" opens on Broadway on October 5, and now one of the leads in the show, Bobby Steggert, has casually confirmed in a new interview with "OUT" magazine that he is gay.
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.
You may recall "Big Bang" star Jim Parson had a similar nonchalant coming out when The New York Times profiled him for his starring role in the Broadway revival of the play "Harvey" last year.
"Big Fish" makes its way to Broadway after an out-of-town run in Chicago, with direction by Susan Stroman ("The Producers"), music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by John August (the screenwriter of the film who, along with Lippa, also happens to be gay). Currently in previews, the musical is one of Broadway's most anticipated shows of the season and opens officially October 5. For more information on the show click here.
(h/t to Towleroad).