Playing With Gender Roles

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

My friend and I were driving and the song “Take Me or Leave Me” from Rent came on. I said how much I loved the song and my friend informed me that Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka did a rendition of it for Backwards Broadway. I hadn’t heard it before. So I tried looking it up. Sadly I couldn’t find any good quality recordings of that version. But I did find a whole slew of Backward Broadway and Twisted Broadway videos that I enjoyed. The concept is that the performer does a song that is traditionally sung by the opposite gender. Take inspiration from this and write a piece where your character defies “traditional” gender roles in some way or another.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

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