Michael Musto

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Michael Musto
Musto seated at a desk
Michael Musto in 2007
Born (1955-12-03) December 3, 1955 (age 61)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Occupation Journalist, actor, author
Nationality American
Alma mater Columbia University

Michael Musto (born December 3, 1955) is an American journalist and actor, and a former columnist for The Village Voice, where he wrote the La Dolce Musto column and is currently an entertainment correspondent. He is the author of the books Downtown and Manhattan on the Rocks, as well as a compilation of selected columns published as La Dolce Musto. His subsequent collection, Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back, was published in 2011.

Early life[edit]

Musto was born in Brooklyn to an Italian American family[1] and graduated from Columbia University in 1976. During his studies, he was a theater critic for the Columbia Spectator.[2]


Musto is gay and is published regularly in several LGBT publications.[which?]

He appeared as a reporter in the film Garbo Talks (1984). Also in 1984, Musto began his Village Voice column, after having already written features for the publication.[3]

He appeared in drag in a blue dress in the all drag queen music video for Cyndi Lauper's remake of her single "(Hey Now) Girls Just Want To Have Fun" (1994).

He penned several writeups in The Village Voice about the 1996 murder of Andre "Angel" Melendez, helping bring national attention to a case that resulted in the trial and conviction of Michael Alig and Robert "Freez" Riggs. He was the first to report Alig's firing from The Limelight club by owner Peter Gatien and to allude to a missing Club Kid. When his blind item describing the buzz on the details of the crime got picked up by The New York Post's Page Six gossip column, the story took on more prominence.[citation needed] A later Village Voice feature story credited Musto with breaking the details of the story.

On the June 14, 2007 episode of Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Musto coined the word "celebutard" (combination of the words celebrity, debutante, and retard) to describe Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.

In 2008, Musto played a psychoanalyst in the semi-autobiographical short film It's Me, Matthew! .

In 2010, he gave a cameo appearance in Erasure's re-release of A Little Respect (HMI Redux)';[4] the proceeds of this release were donated to help students attending the Harvey Milk Institute. That year, Musto also added "Theater Producer" to his resume, when he produced the musical comedy Perfect Harmony about the search for truth, love, and high school a cappella championship glory, which played Off-Broadway in New York City.[5]

In 2011, Musto was named one of the "Out 100" as one of the country's most influential LGBT personalities.[citation needed]

In 2013, he played himself in a scene on the NBC series Smash, having also previously figured in a plot line involving his gossip writing.

In May 2013, Musto was laid off from The Village Voice.[citation needed], but in 2016, he was back as an entertainment correspondent, writing three cover stories that year.

He has appeared in documentaries about actor/writer Charles Busch, Paris Hilton, Warhol, star Jackie Curtis, restaurateur Florent, Club Kid/murderer Michael Alig, camp performer Divine, clubs like the Roxy and Squeezebox, and many more.[citation needed] He is a recurring guest on several nationally broadcast television programs, including Theater Talk on PBS, and has also appeared on A&E, E!, VH1, Real Housewives of New York City, The Daily Show, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

He writes the weekly, entertainment-related Musto! The Musical! column for Out.com[citation needed] and has had bylines in The New York Times,[citation needed] W,[citation needed] Papermag.com, and The Daily Beast.[citation needed]

He played a lead role and received rave reviews from Eileen Shaprio of Huffington Post,[citation needed] for the film Vamp Bikers Tres by Eric Rivas, as a head doctor named Hedda Hopper alongside Lillo Brancato and Angel Salazar.

He was won seven Glam Awards for Best Nightlife Writer/Blogger.

Published works[edit]

Jerry Springer, Lisa Lampanelli, Musto, Luann de Lesseps and Larry Storch at the 2011 launch party for Musto's book Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back
Musto has authored four books
Musto has contributed to four works published by others
  • Boas, Gary Lee (January 2000). Starstruck: Photographs from a Fan. Dilettante Press. ISBN 0-9664272-5-4.  Contributed foreword.
  • McMullan, Patrick (November 2003). so8os: A Photographic Diary of a Decade. powerHouse Books. ISBN 1-57687-187-8.  Contributed as an author.
  • Hastreiter, Kim (September 14, 2004). 20 Years of Style: The World According to Paper. Amazon Remainders Account. ISBN 0-06-072302-5.  Contributed as an author.
  • Haden-Guest, Anthony (October 2, 2006). Disco Years. powerHouse Books. ISBN 1-57687-325-0.  Provided afterword.


  1. ^ Lara L. Holson. "The Diarist of a Scene That Never Gets Old". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  2. ^ "Michael Musto Quotes". BrainyQuote. 1955-12-03. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  3. ^ Hays, Matthew (2009-01-22). "Gossip queen". Montreal Mirror. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  4. ^ "Erasure A Little Respect - Hmi Redux". YouTube. 2010-12-09. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  5. ^ "I'm Producing an Off-Broadway Musical!". The Village Voice. 2010-09-13. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 

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