Re: Choir Boy - saw it last night and agree it is excellent with beautiful performances. And we shouldn’t let the heart-wrenching music, and gorgeous movement by Camille A. Brown go unmentioned!
I think it DOES cover new topics, though - the specificities of a young black man’s experience coming of age and coming to terms with his sexuality - in a specifically black environment - haven’t been seen on Broadway before. (I can’t think of any other examples but I will happily stand corrected.) There are specific manifestations of homophobia/ hyper masculinity within African American culture that were poignant and sad to see portrayed so accurately and with such fine writing.
My partner, a black man & a dancer who came out of the closet while still in high school, left the theater saying it was so refreshing to see a play, on Broadway no less, that told a story he could relate to so closely. We had a great discussion on the train home.
I hope “Choir Boy” opens to raves - I feel like this one will slip by on many folks’ radar in this mid-winter stretch, so I am happy to share my accolades and encourage you all to see this one.