Once upon a time, there was a little gay boy who loved attention. He was full of energy and personality. Desperate for an outlet, his exhausted parents threw him on stage and discovered with relief that he finally found an environment that met his needs.
Under their guidance, he performed in numerous classics such as The King & I, The Music Man, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. He even dabbled in Shakespeare on occasion.
As a grown man, he left his parents’ home and ventured into the real world. They held on to the hope that he would remember their influence and make the right choices on how to share his talent.
“Remember the Sondheim and the Rogers & Hammerstein,” his mother called out as he drove away for the last time. She then turned to his father with hope in her eye. “He’ll make us proud with the talent God gave him. I know he will. I’m proud of him already.”
“Yes, my love,” his father said with his chin held high, pulling the actor’s crying mother into his embrace. “We taught him well.”
And things went well for a while:
However, a lot can change in 20 years: