Michael Musto (born December 3, 1955) is an American journalist and a former columnist for The Village Voice, where he wrote La Dolce Musto. He is the author of 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 on September 1, 2011, by Vantage Point Books. He was laid off from The Village Voice on May 17, 2013.
Musto was born in Brooklyn to an Italian American family. He attended Columbia University graduating in 1976. During his studies, he was a theater critic for the Columbia Spectator.
Musto began his Village Voice column in 1984, after having already written features for the publication. He is a recurring guest on several nationally broadcast television programs including "Theater Talk" on PBS, also having appeared on A&E, E!, VH1, Real Housewives of New York, The Daily Show, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He is gay and is published regularly in several LGTB publications. He appeared in drag in a blue dress in the all drag queen music video for Cyndi Lauper's single "(Hey Now) Girls Just Want To Have Fun", and as a reporter in the film Garbo Talks. He wrote several articles in The Village Voice about the murder of Angel Melendez, bringing 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...
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