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Rob Madge’s My Son’s A Queer (But What Can You Do?) postpones Broadway run

Rob Madge - My Son's A Queer (But what can you do?)
Rob Madge - My Son's A Queer (But what can you do?) - Photo Credit Mark Senior

Rob Madge’s My Son’s A Queer (But What Can You Do?) has postponed its planned Broadway run.

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The acclaimed solo show was due to cross the pond this year, running for a limited 16-week season at the Lyceum Theatre from 27 February.

However it is now hoping to open next season, with dates and a theatre to be confirmed.

A statement reads: “The producers of My Son’s A Queer (But What Can You Do?) announced today that the production will open on Broadway next season instead of this spring as previously announced. Theatre and dates to be announced at a later date. All purchased tickets will be refunded. Ticket buyers should return to point of purchase for refunds”

Madge posted to social media: “Devastated does not begin to cover it. It’s all pretty raw- the decision was made only yesterday so forgive me if I struggle to discuss it too much. BUT as emotional as I am I know that this is absolutely the best thing for the show… see you next season”

Witten by and performed by Rob Madge (Oliver!, Les Misérables) and directed by Luke Sheppard (& Juliet, In The Heights), the piece celebrates the joy and chaos of raising a queer child. Originally enjoying a sold out run at the Turbine Theatre in 2021, the show transferred to Edinburgh Fringe last summer before running in the West End.

When Rob was 12, they attempted to stage a full-blown Disney parade in their house for their Grandma. As Rob donned a wig and played Mary Poppins, Ariel, Mickey Mouse and Belle, their Dad doubled as Stage Manager, Sound Technician and Goofy.

Unfortunately, Dad missed all his cues and pushed all the floats in the wrong direction. Mum mistook Aladdin for Ursula. The costumes went awry. Ariel’s bubble gun didn’t even work properly. Grandma had a nice time though.

The show features songs by Pippa Cleary (The Great British Bake Off Musical, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Age 13 ¾). It has scene and costume design by Ryan Dawson Laight, lighting design by Jai Morjaria, sound design by Tingying Dong, video design by George Reeve, and orchestrations by Simon Nathan.

A cast recording of the show was released in 2022.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.