Jose Llana speaks with Broadway World about his The King and I tour, Donald vs. Hillary, a new Tyler Clementi musical and why he thinks hope trumps hate.
Most interestingly, he discusses his brief stint at a closeted pop star in the Philippines:
After Flower Drum Song , I was invited to record an album in the Philippines. The P.R. tried to sell me as a pop star, a sex symbol. Though I had been out for about five or six years, that was an overwhelmingly negative experience. Suddenly, I had to change all my pronouns again and lie about having a girlfriend in the States. When I came back to America, I made a new dedication to living out because [the closet] killed my soul in many dark ways.
Great piece by Wayman Wong.