Queer ‘Scissorhands’ Reunion Brings Christmas to Pride

Author: Tracy E. Gilchrist

It’s been five years since a queer jukebox musical version of Tim Burton’s beloved 1990 film Edward Scissorhands

Scissorhands is a celebration of queerness and life. But as in the movie, the gossipy neighbors, who embrace Edward while the newcomer is trimming their hair and their hedges into art, turn on Edward when Kim’s boyfriend demonizes the outsider and sets Edward up for a fall. Amid the noise around Edward are Kim and her mom, Peg, who see their guest as a beautiful being to be embraced.

Coming back to Scissorhands is also personal for Hunton, who’s enjoyed five seasons of Good Trouble amid change in her life since the show was first mounted in 2018.

“I went through so many things…. I ended up getting a divorce. I lost my mother, unfortunately,” Hunton shares. “But this show gave me a beautiful gift in that my mom got to see me be a mom [as Peg] in a way. I’m very grateful to everything that the show has given me and the way that I can see my life changed in positive ways because of this show.”

Scissorhands: A Concert Reunion Event also stars Dionne Gipson as The Inventor, Ryan O’Connor as Helen, Carly Casey as Joyce, Morgan Smith as Esmeralda, and Garrett Marshall as Jim. Gregory Nabours is back as musical director, and the concert is produced by Bredeweg, Kate Pazakis, and Rob Wood.

It’s no accident that the very queer Scissorhands concert returns during Pride Month. The way Burnett describes the show, it’s a ready-made queer Christmas in June.

“Scissorhands exists in a world of so many structures and breaks those structures, breaks the binary, breaks the rules about sexuality, all of these things because they [Edward} are just them. They just exist,” Burnett says.

Scissorhands: A Concert Reunion Event runs Monday and Tuesday at the Bourbon Room in Hollywood. Tickets are available here.

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Original Article on The Advocate
Author: Tracy E. Gilchrist


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