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Anything 'Bros': New gay rom-com movie includes theater tie-ins
Last Edit: WaymanWong 09:22 pm EDT 10/03/22
Posted by: WaymanWong 09:07 pm EDT 10/03/22

''Bros,'' starring Billy Eichner and Luke Macfarlane, has cameos by Tony winners Kristin Chenoweth and Harvey Fierstein, and a score by Marc Shaiman. Plus, Eichner's screenplay slips in a few in-theater jokes. Billy wisecracks that his boyfriend is ''like a grownup gay Boy Scout and I'm like whatever happened to Evan Hansen.'' Both Eichner and Macfarlane are best known for their TV appearances: Billy, as a comedian for ''Billy on the Street,'' and Luke, for playing Scotty in ABC's ''Brothers and Sisters,'' and a dozen Hallmark movies. However, both boast stage backgrounds.

Eichner was a theater major at Northwestern, and I first saw him in ''I Sing,'' a 2001 Off-Broadway musical. In 2006, I interviewed him for Playbill.com when he did his ''Creation Nation'' comedy show at Ars Nova. Back then, Eichner said he'd love to do ''a funny Broadway musical.''

Macfarlane, who went to Juilliard, has done Off-Broadway plays. He made his Broadway debut in 2011's Tony-winning revival of ''The Normal Heart,'' which got a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble. And he gave a tour de force, singing in Keith Bunin's ''Sam Bendix at the Bon Soir.''

To bond for ''Bros,'' Macfarlane took Eichner to a hockey game, where they said they spent the time discussing ''Angels in America.''
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