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Broadway’s ‘Fat Ham,’ ‘How to Dance in Ohio’ among 2024 GLAAD Media Awards nominees

The awards body honors accurate and fair LGBTQ portrayals in various forms of media.

The Broadway cast of “How to Dance in Ohio,” 2023 (Credit: Curtis Brown)

The nominees for the 35th annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards were announced on Jan. 17. The GLAAD Media Awards honor fair, accurate and inclusive representation of LGBTQ people and issues in television, film and theater, among other forms of media. Five Broadway shows were acknowledged in the Outstanding Broadway Production category. 

Nominated for Outstanding Broadway Production were “Fat Ham,” “How to Dance in Ohio,” “Melissa Etheridge: My Window,” “Once Upon a One More Time” and “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window.” (To be eligible for the 2024 GLAAD Media Awards, candidates must have published, released or broadcast their work between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2023.) 

Broadway was also represented in additional categories. The 2023 Warner Brothers’ film adaptation of the musical “The Color Purple” was nominated for Outstanding Film – Wide Theatrical Release, while “Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies,” the new prequel series to the musical “Grease,” was nominated in the Outstanding New Series category.

“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” for which Broadway actor and book writer Tim Federle served as showrunner, was nominated for Outstanding Kids and Family Programming or Film - Live Action.

“Kinky Boots” Tony Award winner Billy Porter was nominated in the Outstanding Music Artist category for his album “Black Mona Lisa.” Brandy Clark, a 2023 Tony nominee for co-writing the score of “Shucked,” was also nominated in this category, for her self-titled album. Reneé Rapp — who played Regina George in “Mean Girls” on Broadway, as well in the recent musical motion picture adaptation — received a nomination for her album “Snow Angel.”

An episode of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” which featured Cynthia Nixon (two-time Tony winner for her turns in 2006’s “Rabbit Hole” and 2017’s “The Little Foxes)” and recording artist Kim Petras, was nominated in the Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode category. Nominated in the same category was an episode of Jennifer Hudson’s talk show: “Jennifer Hudson Surprises HIV Activist with $10,000.” Hudson is an alum of the 2015 revival of “The Color Purple.”

The 35th annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held in dual ceremonies: the first on March 14 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, and the second on May 11 at the Hilton Midtown Hotel in New York City.

The ceremonies, produced in partnership with STAMP Event Company, will be executive produced by GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, as well as Rich Ferraro and Anthony Allen Ramos. Tony Morrison will serve as supervising producer, while Jose Useche will serve as producer. 

The full slate of nominees for each of the select categories mentioned above can be found below:

Outstanding Broadway Production
“Fat Ham” by James Ijames
“How to Dance in Ohio” by Jacob Yandura and Rebekah Greer Melocik
“Melissa Etheridge: My Window” by Melissa Etheridge
“Once Upon a One More Time” by Jon Hartmere
“The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window” by Lorraine Hansberry

Outstanding Film – Wide Theatrical Release
“All of Us Strangers” (Searchlight Pictures)
“American Fiction” (Amazon MGM Studios)
“Anyone But You” (Columbia Pictures)
“The Blackening” (Lionsgate Films)
“Bottoms” (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
“The Color Purple” (Warner Bros.)
“It’s a Wonderful Knife” (RLJE Films)
“Knock at the Cabin” (Universal Pictures)
“Moving On” (Roadside Attractions)
“Shortcomings” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding New Series
“The Buccaneers” (Apple TV+)
“Class” (Netflix)
“Culprits” (Hulu)
“Deadloch” (Amazon Prime Video)
“Everything Now” (Netflix)
“Found” (NBC)
“Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies” (Paramount+)
“The Last of Us” (HBO)
“The Other Black Girl” (Hulu)
“Tore” (Netflix)

Outstanding Kids & Family Programming or Film - Live Action
“Heartstopper” (Netflix)
“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” (Disney+)
“Jane” (AppleTV+)
“Power Rangers Cosmic Fury” (Netflix)
“XO, Kitty” (Netflix)

Outstanding Music Artist
Billy Porter, “Black Mona Lisa” (Island UK/Republic Records)
boygenius, “The Record” (Interscope)
Brandy Clark, “Brandy Clark” (Slate Creek/Warner Records Inc.)
Janelle Monae, “The Age of Pleasure” (Atlantic Records)
Kim Petras, “Feed the Beast & Problematique” (Amigo/Republic Records)
Miley Cyrus, “Endless Summer Vacation” (Columbia Records)
Reneé Rapp, “Snow Angel” (Interscope)
Sam Smith, “Gloria” (Capitol Records)
Troye Sivan, “Something to Give Each Other” (EMI Australia/Capitol Records)
Victoria Monet, “JAGUAR II” (Lovett Music/RCA Records)

Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode
“Certainty,” “Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts” (Disney+)
“Chaos, Law, and Order,” “The Problem With Jon Stewart” (Apple TV+)
“Cynthia Nixon and Kim Petras,” “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” (Bravo)
“Dulcé Sloan & Sasha Colby Talk What It Means to Be A Happy Trans Person,” “The Daily Show” (Comedy Central)
“Elliot Page Opens Up In New Memoir: ‘It Felt Like The Right Time,’” “The View” (ABC)
“The Hardest Fight Is the Fight Against Status Quo,” “The Conversations Project” (Hulu)
“I’m Not Just Gay, I’m Your Son,” “Karamo” (syndicated)
“Jennifer Hudson Surprises HIV Activist with $10,000,” “The Jennifer Hudson” Show (syndicated)
“Trace Lysette & Patricia Clarkson, Laverne Cox,” “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (syndicated)
“Unapologetically Me,” “Tamron Hall” (syndicated)

A full list of nominees can be found here.