Ryan Steele Talks Gay Romance On Britney-Inspired Broadway Show ‘Once Upon A One More Time’

Once Upon A One More Time

Broadway musical actor Ryan Steele talked about the gay fairy tale romance in the Britney Spears-inspired musical ‘Once Upon A One More Time.’ 

In an interview with Out, Steele expressed the importance of representation as far as audience members finding the gay romance in the musical “relatable.”

Steele said that his “favorite thing” is getting approached by an older generation of queer people who tell him that they see themselves “reflected on stage in the way that they see in our show.” 

“It’s also interesting on the other end of that, to see these young kids and teenagers who are fortunate enough to see this representation now,” Levy adds. “It’s such transformative years in their discovery and self-discovery. We don’t take it lightly.”

‘Once Upon A One More Time’ is set in a fantasy land where princesses have a feminist awakening after reading ‘The Feminine Mystique’ by Betty Friedan, Prince Erudite (played by Steele), a trusted advisor of Prince Charming, falls for Clumsy (played by Nathan Levy), Snow White’s eighth dwarf and her personal attendant, who is also yearning for his own happily ever after.

This queer storyline incorporated with feminism injected into children’s stories can easily draw flaks from conservatives but Steele and Levy recounted only positive reactions from their audience, saying they get applause and screams every single night for the queer kiss onstage. 

Steele added that he hopes that the musical can get on a national tour or with international companies, so that the story, not just the queer side, can be told in a “feminist” aspect.

Steele concluded that there is room right now for “fun and joy and escapism” in a fairy-tale storybook realm with Britney Spears’s music.

“It’s healing. Joy is healing, and our show brings a lot of joy,” he said.

 

‘Once Upon a One More Time’ is playing at the Marquis Theatre in New York City. Visit onemoretimemusical.com to learn more.

 

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