I think we can all agree that Nathan Lane is one of Broadway's current great talents. He can sing, he can act, he can dance, and he's gay: He's exactly what Middle America (those GOP voters) are afraid of, and yet...he's fabulous.
A reporter once asked Lane if he was gay; he replied, "I'm 40, single and work a lot in the musical theater. You do the math." When he told his mother he was gay, she replied, "I'd rather you were dead," to which he replied, "I knew you'd understand."http://en.wikipedia.org/...
His career has been stellar, and I refer you to the wiki linked above for a complete list of his hits and his awards, among them Tony, Obie, and Outer Critics.
Hosting the Tony Awards in 1996:
With Matthew Broderick and Susan Stroman on Inside the Actors Studio -- long but Inside the Actors Studio is always well worth watching: