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women of color in musical theatre

"The more of us there are that are visible, the more commonplace it will become to people, and after a while, people aren’t even going to think twice about it..I play Laura Osnes’s stepsister [in Cinderella], the daughter of Harriet Harris, and the sister of Marla Mindelle, and not one person, not one reviewer, not one human being has ever said to me, ‘How is that possible? You are Asian’, you know. It’s just accepted. And I sort of feel like if we can just get to that place with every show, we wouldn’t have a problem. But, you know, we have to just keep saying, ‘We’re here, we are here.’

- Ann Harada

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Black celebrities who won at the 68th Annual Tony Awards:

James Monroe Iglehart, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for ‘Aladdin’ 
Audra McDonald, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for “’Lady Day“’
Kenny Leon, Best Direction of a Play for ‘A Raisin In The Sun’

Sophie Okonedo, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ 

The 2014 Tony Awards Summed Up
  • Jumping
  • Matt Doyle
  • If/Then won nothing
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder won everything
  • Beautiful, Carole King and Jessie Mueller made everyone cry
  • Audra makes history and wins her 6th Tony
  • James Monroe Iglehart does a “praise shout” and tap dances after winning his award
  • LL Cool J rapping The Music Man
  • Matt Doyle
  • Some more jumping
  • Some more Matt Doyle
Everyone who waits for God, ALWAYS in the end is SO glad they did and everyone who launches out on their own refusing to wait for God ALWAYS in the end regrets that decision. Waiting is essential. It is trusting God to keep his promises in his time.
—  James Mcdonald
James McDonald and the Case of the Missing Strike Zone

In today’s game against the Phillies, James McDonald went from worthy opponent of Roy Halladay’s to experiencing an extreme case of Steve Blass disease. In his 4+ innings, McDonald gave up 3 hits, 5 walks, struck out 3, and was charged with three runs. Updated: Oh yeah, and he was charged with two wild pitches (though some of that is on Dusty Brown’s shoulders) and he did Raul Ibanez’s sub-.300 OBP a favor by hitting him with a pitch. (thanks to Seminary Dan for the catch.)

Still, look at this little breakdown: 

Innings 1-2: 27 pitches, 20 strikes.

Innings 3-5: 52 pitches, 21 strikes. 

Was he getting squeezed? Absolutely not. From Brooks Baseball

Yipes.