About the play
The Rainbow Room by Rick Knight is a musical about two gay men with completely
different perspectives about life. It is a look into what its like to be gay in the
90s through the conversations between a small-time, lonely piano player in a gay bar
(Robert) and a young, hedonistic pretty boy (Chaz). Robert is middle-aged, "over the
hill", down-hearted and convinced his chances for love or success are passed. The
highlight of his life are his brief moments in the spotlight at the piano bar.
Chaz is in his prime, handsome, zany and flippant, opportunistically looking for the
next amusement. Though they get off to a rocky beginning and are complete opposites, they
soon find distraction in their dishy conversations with one another and learn
valuable lessons about life from knowing one another. Throughout, the cocktail waitress,
Sonia, who is pregnant, from Puerto Rico and has just realized she has an attraction
towards women, provides her own insights on coming out, being a woman and a member of a
minority class. As the play progresses, Robert wakes up to discover his life is far from
being over just as free-wheeling Chaz realizes his life may be cut short. Their changing
lives provide a dramatic backdrop as they discuss spirituality, growing up gay, the
specter of AIDS, and the sometimes incompatible factions within the gay community.
"The Rainbow Room" is the name of the little neighborhood club where Robert
plays. A harsh juxtaposition of the famous landmark in New York, it metaphorically
represents what you get when you settle for less than what you want. Its message suggests
that all the possibilities and potential for a great life are right before you no matter
what boundaries and obstacles are in your path.
The play includes fourteen original songs spanning a wide range of popular music
styles, many with strong pop music hooks suitable for air play and coverage by other
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