was instrumental in starting the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
As part of the run, 7 Stages will be hosting “Generations Positive: Exploring The Impact of HIV/AIDS in LGBTQ Communities, Past & Present” on Feb. 7 at 1 p.m.
Out performer David Grindrod is part of the ensemble in the touring version of “Beauty and the Beast,” playing several characters, including a pepper shaker. A recent alumnus of Pace University in New York, the Annapolis, Maryland, native graduated in May and realized that—as a musical theater performer wannabe—much of his time would be spent auditioning. This is not the first big tour for him; he played Mark, one of the gay characters in “A Chorus Line,” as well. Yet this is his first major gig after school. Luckily he was cast without much fanfare and started in September.
“Beauty and the Beast” is a musical that he has learned appeals to all audiences, but he does think that LGBT people can empathize with the Beast, who is an outsider. “It’s about looking past someone’s exterior to really see who they are,” he says. “The Beast transforms into someone Belle can fall in love with. He wants her to see who he really is inside.”
‘The Missing Generation’
‘Beauty and the Beast’
Fox Theatre 660 Peachtree St, Atlanta GA 30308 Feb. 2–7 www.broadwayacrossamerica.com