Some Like It Hot) to climax the musical version of Brokeback Mountain, but the latest adaptation of Annie Proulx’s short story has prompted excitement and curiosity among gay theater fans worldwide.
London is the lucky city chosen to host the premiere, which plays a limited run at the West End’s newest theater, @sohoplace.Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased) and Mike Faist (West Side Story) star as the ill-fated lovers.
The production reunites director Jonathan Butterell and composer Dan Gillespie Sells, who collaborated on Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.Here’s a dirty dozen gay cowboy movies that prove how the west was won by the queers.Have Butterell and Gillespie-Sells turned in a similarly all-singing, all-dancing version of the Annie Proulx classic?
Gratefully, no. It should be stressed this isn’t quite a musical but more of a play with songs. A country-flavored band sits to the side of the stage and provides musical interludes led by singer and “balladeer” Eddi Reader (of the band Fairground Attraction).You may well ask, “Does Brokeback Mountain need songs?” Well, there is a logic to the idea.