Bo Sebastian wears many hats: author, hypnotherapist, life coach, singer, dancer and actor. On Friday, Sept. 11, he’ll take the stage at the Fort Lauderdale Center for Spiritual Living to sing and dance with his longtime friend, Carol Logen.
The duo first met in New York City as aspiring twenty-something performers hoping to get a big break on Broadway, but the journey that would bring them back together in Broward County years later was anything but easy, especially for Sebastian.
After landing roles in “West Side Story,” “Runaways” and “Fiddler on the Roof,” Sebastian left Manhattan to pursue a recording contract in Nashville—singing gospel music.
Even though he hadn’t grown up in an especially conservative religious family, the singer turned to fundamentalist religion during those years, preaching the evils of homosexuality on street corners.
But when faced with signing the contract, he faced “a moment of reckoning,” realizing the he could no longer reconcile his sexual orientation with the restrictive morals clauses required of the label’s artists.
Sebastian then focused on resolving the inner turmoil he had felt for so long, He became a life coach and hypnotherapist, later authoring novels and five self-help guides.
Many of the books deal with coming to terms with homosexuality and faith, including “The Uncommon Gay Spiritual Warrior” and “Finding Authentic You: 7 Steps to Effective Change.”
“I guess there is a theme there,” Sebastian admitted, “but these are very common issues for so many people, myself included.”
Since moving to South Florida in 2014 to care for his aging mother and be closer to family, he established a popular monthly meeting at the Center for Spiritual Living in Wilton Manors based on his book, “The Uncommon Gay Spiritual Warrior,” that attracts 50 to 60 participants. He expects a new monthly social gathering to grow even larger.
The handsome performer has also relaunched his performing career, quickly landing national commercials and a role on a television series filmed in South Florida. But, he’s most excited about reuniting with Logen, who is also gay and now lives in the area with her longtime partner. Logen’s Broadway credits include “Dreamgirls,” “On the 20th Century,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Rex,” “Where’s Charley?” and “Evita.”
“It’s going to be a fun, fun evening,” Sebastian promised, offering a program of famous show tunes and duets from “Phantom of the Opera,” “Cats,” “Wicked,” “Company,” “Les Miserables” and more. Sebastian also plans to throw in a little fancy footwork, too.
Most importantly, the performance will help raise funds for the church’s building project, the new spiritual home for Sebastian and so many others like him who have undergone challenging journeys of faith.
Bo Sebastian and Carol Logen perform “Broadway Tonight,” a fundraiser for the Fort Lauderdale Center for Spiritual Living, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11 at the church, 1550 NE 26th St. in Wilton Manors. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, go to CSLFtL.org. To learn more about Bo Sebastian and his career, go to BoSebastian.com.