I used to look at gay men and think, 'I'm not like that, I don't want to be like that, that's not me'.I was ashamed," the singer explained."When you're told you're wrong by everyone, from society, from your faith - my self-esteem was crushed.
But more often than not, she’s shrill and pitchy.” The 1979 Broadway debut of Evita catapulted the careers of Patti Lu Pone and Mandy Patinkin, and the 1996 movie version gave Madonna a boost in respect. The at-last-out-and-proud Latino singer, actor and author moved to New York City last winter with his partner Carlos Gonzalez Abella and their twin sons, Matteo and Valentino, as Martin preps a role in the Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita, which opens in April.
Its his first turn on Broadway in nearly 16 years, when Ricky starred as the love-struck Marius in Les Misérables.
In Evita, he will play the headlining role of Che, the rebellious voice of the people and antagonist to Argentinean first lady Eva Perón.
The new version is being called a “sexier restaging.” And with the 40-year-old Martin onstage, how could it not be? It simply comes with the territory: For every boy band, one of the members, eventually, is going to come bursting out of the closet. Now looking back when we were dating, he was so much fun. He was so easy to talk to.” Knight, in response, took the high road, commenting on the NKOTB webbie that he’s been out for two decades.
Sure enough, with a little research, it’s obvious that Knight hasn’t been afraid to walk the line.
In a 2006 interview, he congratulated Lance Bass for coming out, noting that he wished the ‘N Syncer didn’t have to suppress his sexuality during the glory days. “Step By Step,” this is the way to ease the world into knowing that we all know—or admire—someone gay.
He writes, “He sings beautifully, dances gracefully, athletically climbs ladders, plays his role with a knowing sneer and elicits drools in his suspenders and tight white shirt. Ricky Martin is easily the best thing about this revival.” Of course, The New York Times‘ curmudgeonly Ben Brantley, who pretty much hates everything, had nothing nice to say about Ricky: “Despite the hard work of its spirited leading lady, the Argentine actress Elena Roger—supported by a barely there Ricky Martin and a sterling Michael Cerveris—this musical combination of history pageant and requiem Mass feels about as warmblooded as a gilded mummy.” Blah, blah, blah…
yeah, pretty much what one would expect from the ever-snippy Ben, right?
He told the New York Daily News, “I’m looking forward to a boy band that comes out and right off the box they say one of them is gay. They’ll get all the girls and all the gay guys, know what I mean?