Boston's Theater District isn't exactly Broadway but the area is on the upswing, with more marquees going up in what used to be the city's red-light district, once known (affectionately) as the Combat Zone. The revitalization has been helped by Emerson College (where TV's Glee gay kid would fit right in), already running the Cutler Majestic (219 Tremont St) and the gorgeous Paramount Theatre. The latter, a Washington Street Art Deco movie house, had been dormant until recenly, since the porn flicks stopped running in the 1970s. Next door to the similarly restored Opera House, it's a must-visit for architecture fans and those interested in historic preservation.
Among a dozen stages here: the Colonial Theatre (106 Boylston); the Charles Playhouse (74 Warrenton St); the Shubert (265 Tremont St), where the Boston Lyric Opera sometimes plays; the Wang (270 Tremont St); and the Wilber Theatre (246 Tremont St). The Boston Opera House (539 Washington St) has musicals, and some productions of the Boston Ballet.
If looking for queer content rather than family-friendly glitz, head to the Boston Center for the Arts, in the South End (539 Tremont St), with several stages and art galleries offering among the best North American queer and alternative theater, both original and imported. Resident troupes include the SpeakEasy Stage Company and the Theater Offensive. The BCA plaza is still a queer crossroads, even if the neighborhood is not as gay as it was.
The Boston Playwrights Theatre (949 Commonwealth Ave), outside the district at Boston University, hosts events such as the Boston Theater Marathon with 50 original one-act plays repeated throughout the weekend, always with plenty of gay and lesbian contributions.
If you pass through Bay Village, a tight little neighborhood of townhouses, check out Jacques Cabaret (79 Broadway) with Boston's best drag shows. Some of Boston's biggest gay dance nights take place in the Theater District --see our listings for links.