Bisexual theater actor Andy Mientus is returning to the stage in a new LGBTI musical, The View Upstairs, at the Soho Theatre in London.
Max Vernon’s newest musical The View Upstairs premiered Off-Broadway in 2017 at The Lynn Redgrave Theater, running until 21 May.
The musical explores the oft-forgotten story of New Orleans’ The Upstairs Lounge, a crucial place in LGBTI history. Four years after the 1969 Stonewall Riots, a 1973 arson set the club ablaze, killing 32 people. It was the largest attack on the community until the 2016 Pulse shooting.
Wes, a designer, is the main character of the show. He plans to turn the abandoned building into a clothing boutique in modern day. Through the magic of music, however, he’s transported to 1973, learning the true history of the site and meeting some truly unique characters.
Mientus stars in this new production as Patrick, alongside Declan Bennett, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Cedric Neal, and John Partridge. Wes has yet to be cast.
Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, London’s production of The View Upstairs will begin performances 18 July. It officially opens on 23 July.
Mientus, who’s married to fellow theater actor and director Michael Arden, has previously appeared in Spring Awakening, Bent, Wicked, and Les Miserables.
A musical for ‘queer, artsy’ kids
Vernon said the music of David Bowie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hair, and other soundtracks inspired him.
‘Those scores opened me up to a more expansive and imaginative world that celebrated eccentricity, and oozed sexuality and freedom,’ he told the Huffington Post. ‘My hope is some weird, queer, artsy kid coming up will discover this music and it will mean something similar to them.’