I liked it better when it was just called Cats. It's very difficult to marry farce and heart in the same film, and Big Gay Musical is a perfect testament to the fact. Chicago it ain't. The film revolves around Paul and Eddie prepping for their roles in the Off-Broadway musical Adam and Steve: Just the Way God Made 'Em. The actors are surprisingly strong, but the film becomes commentary on commentary, mirroring their lives with those of their musical counterparts, and we all know what happens to a copy of a copy. While the music is sure to inspire theater majors across the country, the film lacks the heart it needs for you to really care about any of the characters in the way someone clearly wanted you to. Big Gay Musical, in the end, just falls flat. Sun. Oct. 18, 7 p.m., Tampa Theatre. —Ryan Jent
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