Michael Musto Wiki
Michael Musto is an American journalist who has long been a prevalent presence in entertainment-related publications. He as well appeared on websites and television shows. Musto is a former columnist for The Village Voice, where he wrote the La Dolce Musto column of gossip, nightlife, reviews, interviews, and political observations.
Michael Musto Biography
Musto writes the weekly, entertainment-related Musto Unfiltered column for NewNowNext.com and pieces for Papermag.com, and has had bylines in The New York Times, W, and The Daily Beast. Among his first journalistic jobs were assignments covering culture for Circus magazine, SoHo Weekly News, and After Dark magazine.
In the 1980s he became the music critic for Us magazine. He began writing for Details, then a downtown style-and-nightlife magazine in 1982. Musto began his Village Voice column in 1984, after having already written features for the publication. His first-person column celebrated nightlife and LGBT personalities, described outlandish New York club fetes, and gave vital early coverage to up-and-coming performers like John Sex, RuPaul, Kiki and Herb, Bridget Everett, Jackie Hoffman, Bianca Del Rio, and Peppermint.
He was a great personal friend with the Videographer, ‘Nelson Sullivan’ who filmed much of the footage we have today of the “Club Kids”. Musto also used his column to lambast homophobia and to demand attention to the growing AIDS crisis. He joined the activist group ACT UP and engaged in their highly influential rallies and protests.
The Advocate magazine in 2011 referred to Musto’s “legendary gossip column” and said, “Since 1984, shrewd and self-deprecating humorist Michael Musto has written his ‘La Dolce Musto’ column, tirelessly chronicling nightlife and celebrity culture. Musto has earned a position as both historian and spokesman for the gay community.”
Musto did nightlife-related segments for MTV, where his un-self-conscious gayness seemed radical in the 1980s. He was chosen by Nelson Sullivan as one of his favorite subjects and relentlessly followed the writer through clubs, appearances, and family get-togethers, many of the videos later surfacing on YouTube. He was one of the most prominent columnists on The Gossip Show, an E! program which featured colorful reporters relaying celebrity dish, and again from 1993-2000. He was out and flamboyant on the show.
In a 1994 “Gossip Mafia” he was featured on the cover of New York magazine story that spanned New York’s most influential tattlers, including Richard Johnson, George Rush, and Jeannette Walls. He co-hosted “New York Central,” a nightly magazine-format show on the Metro Channel in 1999.
He wrote 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 “Freeze” Riggs.
The movie “Party Monster” (2003) includes a reference to a Musto item, and he has appeared in many related documentaries, including “Disco Bloodbath” and A&E’s “American Justice,” as well as several Geraldo Rivera shows, where he had long been the expert on club kids. In 2001, Musto appeared in a groundbreaking ad campaign for Fortunoff in which he sported a wedding veil, campily promoting the possibility of same-sex marriage.
He made a cameo appearance in Erasure’s re-release of A Little Respect 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.
He was named one of the “Out 100” as one of the country’s most influential LGBT personalities. In 2013, he played himself in a scene on the NBC series “Smash”, having also previously figured in a plotline involving his gossip writing. Musto was laid off from The Village Voice in May 2013 but in 2016, he was back as an entertainment correspondent, writing three cover stories that year.
He has moderated Broadway talkbacks for shows like “Talk Radio” and “End of the Rainbow,” and in 2016, was the celebrity guest star one night in the off-Broadway production of “Oh, Hello.”
He has won seven Glam Awards for Best Nightlife Writer/Blogger.
He is the author of the Downtown and Manhattan on the Rocks books. In 2011, his subsequent collection, Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back, was published.
Michael Musto Age
He was born on December 3, 1955, in Brooklyn, New York.
Michael Musto Family
He was born in Manhattan to an Italian American family. He was raised in Bensonhurst Brooklyn. In 1976 he graduated from Columbia University. Musto was a theater critic for the Columbia Spectator during his studies.
Michael Musto Wife
He is gay and has no wife.
Michael Musto Children
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Michael Musto Height
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Michael Musto Salary
Michael’s salary is estimated to be between $10k to $50k per year.
Michael Musto Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.