SpeakEasy Stage Company is closing out their 2018 – 2019 season with the musical, The View Upstairs, which opened on Thursday, May 31 and will run through June 22 at the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End.
The musical, which coincides with Boston Pride and Pride Month, is based on the real-life events of the 1973 arson attack at the UpStairs Lounge, a gay bar in New Orleans. The musical centers on Wes, a young fashion designer from 2017, who buys an abandoned building in the French Quarter and finds himself transported to the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant seventies gay bar. As this forgotten community comes to life, Wes embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-exploration that spans two generations of gay history. Featuring a gritty, glam rock score and a tight-knit ensemble of unforgettable characters, The View UpStairs asks what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide us through an uncertain future.
The View Upstairs
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Want to know more? Read The Boston Globe’s review of The SpeakEasy production and it’s impact on us today in Byrne’s article, In revisiting a tragedy, ‘The View UpStairs’ opens a window to ’70s gay culture.