Re: All Male Company Cast
^ Thank. You.
Speaking of "that awkward gay scene that was added," I've always felt that this was Sondheim and Furth deliberately thumbing their nose at everyone's "Bobby was gay" theory, saying, "NO! NO! F*CK YOU! HE'S NOT GAY, 'CAUSE WE SAID SO!
" In all reality, even back in the 1970s, marriage was not highly valued. Bear in mind, this show was then set during the dawn of the Sexual Revolution, a time that cast aside traditional sexual restraints and began a decade or more of alternative eroticism, experimentation, and promiscuity. Fear of commitment after turning 30 would have been almost as out of place then as it is now.
To me, it doesn't defeat the purpose of the show for Bobby to be gay, as much as the authors argue such is the case. If anything, his being gay and sleeping with women adds more depth to his issues with commitment, and the show itself doesn't have to be about those bigger issues for them to factor in.
Arthur Laurents certainly agreed with me. He was one of the most vociferous "Bobby is gay" theorists, and in 1973 wrote a play called The Enclave
(for which Sondheim ironically wrote the incidental music) that basically told the same story, but made the Bobby character gay. I can't speak to quality, but I can say I think it's more true to itself.