but not in a broadway show so

anonymous asked:

wait what happened to oak hows he been treated

oak joined the cast of the great comet 2 weeks ago, and today it was announced that his run in the show - which was already very limited -  was being cut in half so that mandy patinkin, an established white actor on broadway, could replace him. to “boost ticket sales.” so, instead of being in the great comet for about 2 months or so like originally planned, his time in the show was reduced to almost exactly one month.

rafael casal, one of oak’s friends, started going on a twitter rant about how they basically used oak’s fame from hamilton to hype themselves up more. in addition, he made points about how oak learned two instruments for the role of pierre, was in multiple musicals and tv shows, and was unanimously critically acclaimed by pierre, only for his time in the show to be cut in half after he had only been there for two weeks.

when the great comet producers published a statement saying that oak “agreed” to ‘make room’ for mandy patinkin, rafael replied by saying that it’s meant to sound like oak stepping down was voluntary, which, according to him, it wasn’t. (this somewhat implies that if oak hadn’t agreed to ‘make room’ for mandy, then he would have been fired.)

he also brought to light the fact that oak’s start date getting pushed back was not due to him needing more time to rehearse, which was previously thought by most people. and, in addition to rafael, many other actors - including ariana debose and cynthia erivo - began to express their opinions about what had happened after rafael’s initial rant as well.

rafael also started the hashtag #makeroomforoak, which is taken from the great comet producers saying that oak agreed to “make room” for mandy to take over as pierre. right now it’s being used for people to talk about their appreciation for oak, as well as bringing to light that people need to ‘make room’ for oak and other actors of color, instead of them having to ‘make room’ for white people.

tl;dr: oak deserves better and rafael casal continues to be the only relevant white man in existence

Title: Constellation Connection
Character: Jason Dean

A/n: From now on, I’m gonna use this format because the gifs still aren’t working and having them show up at the end of the text really bothers me so this is the next best thing. (Side note: I know jackshit about making gifs so any that I use are not mine and are most likely from pintrest or google)

You didn’t know much about your new neighbors.

Just that you saw a boy who looked your age helping movers carrying boxes from the large moving van.

Your mother had invited him and his father over dinner a couple weeks after he moved in the house across the street. While the adults sat in the dining room while they drank and discussed business matters, the two of you moved outside so you could talk.

“This is quite the set up here,” J.D said, his hand gesturing to a tall bronze telescope situated in the lawn next to some maps and a small box. “I assume you’re into astronomy?”

You nodded. “Oh yes, very much so,” You sat down next to it and began adjusting the lenses so you got a clear view of the stars. “Sit down.”

J.D situated himself on the grass next you, watching your hands fiddle with the knobs while you focused the view. “This think looks ancient.” He said, referring to the style.

You hummed, not bothering to look up from the task at hand. “Yeah, I think it used to be my grandad’s.”

He continued to watch you for a few more moments until you pulled away from the eyepiece and motioned him to move to your spot.

“Okay, look in there,” You instructed, crouching so you could observe him over his shoulder.

“Aye aye, captain.” J.D said with a mock salute as he did as told, shutting one of his eyes and peering into the telescope. “It’s blurry.”

“Really? Well here, place your hands here,” You said, taking both of his hands and placing them on the knobs. “Try and focus it.”

J.D moved the knobs in every which directions, but he seemed to be making it worse with every turn.

His growing frustration must have been pretty clear to see because you decided to give him a hand. “Here, let me help.” You said softly, your fingers brushed against the back of his hands for a moment before you started fixing the focus for him.

“Better?” You asked once you let him look back into the eyepiece.

J.D could see the night sky perfectly, and a small smile formed on his face once he could make out the Big Dipper.

He looked over at you, and saw you still looking up at the sky. “Better.” He answered, noticing that you had turned your head to look at him with a smile of your own.

“Pretty great isn’t it?”

J.D nodded, his gaze had since left your eyes and was more preoccupied at staring at your lips as he began to lean closer to you. “Absolutely fantastic.”

All in an instant, you became very aware of how close his face was coming to yours and you panicked. You cleared your throat and turned away from him as you point to the sky.

“Uhm, that one right there is Cepheaus, it kinda looks like a house with a weird roof,” You moved your finger slightly over to the side. “And that one is…”

Your words trailed off whenever J.D’s hand reached and lightly grabbed onto your chin, turning you so your gazes were locked again.

“You know a lot about this stuff don’t you?”

You felt your face become very warm and you let out a nervous laugh before moving away from him again. “I’ll go get drinks!” You all but screamed as you jumped to your feet and ran into the house.

You closed the backdoor quickly and leaned against it, hiding your face in your hands when you realized how stupid you had made yourself look.

After your small pity party, you got the drinks and slowly made your way back outside.

J.D wasn’t sitting next to the telescope anymore, you looked around your backyard and saw him leaning against a large maple tree.

“Oh, there you are.” You said.

You were about to walk up to him when he turned around to face you, blowing smoke out his nostrils and giving you some sort of look you couldn’t quite read.

“Hey, thanks.” J.D said, taking a step and grabbing the drink out of your hand.

“That looked really cool, almost like something out of a movie.” You said as you tapped the top of your nose.

J.D looked down at the ground and smiled before meeting your gaze. “You’re real cute, you know that?”

anonymous asked:

I listened to the off Broadway version of Who Lives Who Dies and WHY DID THEY CUT OUT THE BIT WHERE BOTH ALEX AND ELIZA SING "ITS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME" BECAUSE ITS SO PERFECT

It is beautiful, but I actually like that Who Lives Who Dies ends up being Eliza on her own in the spotlight.

From what he says before he dies and what she says, we know they missed each other and yearned to be together again.  And the staging of Who Lives Who Dies is BEAUTIFUL at showing their reunion.

And all that means is that him singing that line is unnecessary.  We get it all without that.

Now it’s his turn to step back and let her be the sun.

I was tagged by @writingthingsisdifficult thank you Synnøve! !!!

5 things you will find in my bag:

-pens! So many!
-a photo of Velix with her sheep.
-extra pair of earphones.
-a lighter??
-a book of some sort.

5 things you’ll find in my bedroom:
-one three tier cubby bookshelf with two layers of books in each cubby. (It’s mostly Skulduggery Pleasant)
-2 ukuleles.
-a foam replica of the Sting.
-12 posters.
-2 photos of Velix on her prom night in black frames.

5 things I’ve always wanted to do:
-SO MANY TATTOOS!!
-visit my Internet friends.
-be apart of a Broadway show.
-transition.
-see how a mortuary works…idk I just do.

5 things that make me happy:
-musicals!!!
-Velix, Cheeks,Synnøve +the rest of the boys.
-tattoos.
-sleeping.
-my granddad.

5 things I’m currently into:
-musicals! Seriously just ask Cheeks, or Velix.
-singing, even thought I’m shit I still enjoy it.
-sleeping.
-milo cereal, hell yeah.
-CARAMILK CHOCOLATE HOLY FUCK.

5 things on my to do list:
-my TLOU tattoo.
-sleep (it’s currently 12:14am)
-clean my room.
-get a referral to a gender therapist.
-see where my cat is so she doesn’t shit inside.

I’m tagging my pals
@minionfuckerdelux
@cheeky-kitty
@scribble-stars
@sujiyeohn
@bombomiver

theatre kids: a summary
  • during production week: this is awful i haven't slept more than 3 hours i am solely running on caffeine i can't wait for this show to be over i hate everyone
  • after production week: i miss everyone i miss rehearsal i miss that show i love theatre why can't i be back with the cast and crew i'm so emo
  • what she says: i'm fine
  • what she means: why is broadway merchandise sO DAMN EXPENSIVE. all i want is something to commemorate me seeing a show that i already spent a shitload of money on, but i can't do that bECAUSE EVERYTHING IS TOO EXPENSIVE.

One of the things that bothers me so much about this Broadway season is that many of Great Comet’ defining aspects were things repeatedly praised in Hamilton only last year, yet they were largely ignored in GC’s production. 

Everyone (not just the Broadway tumblr fanbase, I’m also referring to the mainstream media) praised Hamilton for its diversity, and rightfully so. And while Great Comet was not as diverse as Hamilton, its use of racially blind casting should be used as a model for all future productions. Denée Benton, a black woman with natural hair playing a romantic lead of a prominent musical about old Russians, is damn groundbreaking. Oak’s upcoming turn as Pierre proves this commitment to diversity by the show. Yes, Hamilton did this last year, but one show acting in this way does not excuse ignoring others for doing the same.

Everyone praised Hamilton for seamlessly blended together multiple genres of music; again, rightfully so. Great Comet did this to an even greater extent. Dave Malloy’s score beautifully combined seemingly every genre to create a cohesive, genius piece of work. He utilized these different genres to describe his characters so subtly no one realizes he’s doing it. I could take for pages about how his score is a damn masterpiece, but the point lies in that Hamilton was widely praised for doing the very thing Great Comet is being ignored (or even downright criticized) for.

Finally, many praised Lin’s using of an unconventional source material to tell an excellent Broadway musical. But, again, Dave Malloy looking at a tiny sliver of a classic novel and deciding it should be an electropop opera musical? How? He took something so frequently adapted and made it incredibly original in ways many do not realize. It’s quite frustrating to see writers using the War & Peace origins as only an introductory statement instead of the praise it should be.

tl;dr: I’m just really pissed so many people ignore Great Comet’s successes in the very categories they praised Hamilton for okay sorry for the rant

I believe in giving people bootlegs they really want, even if they have nothing to trade, because the whole point of bootlegs is making sure that people who were not able to see their favourite musical for whatever reason get to experience the parts of the show they don’t get from the soundtrack. Bootlegs expand the musical theatre audience to those who live far from New York, or don’t have the money to pay for tickets; people who just want to see their favourite actors or their favourite shows however they can. It is cruel to keep that from someone who so passionately loves musical theatre.
Broadway is all about inclusivity so include those people who are not privileged enough to go to Broadway!
Much appreciated.

Little things I noticed when I saw falsettos in theatres that killed me

-the light blue shirt Jason wears during a lot of act two says Camp anika (??? I think I’m not 100% sure but I’m at least 60%) on the sleeve
-During march of the falsettos Andrew says “No my shorts” when Marvin tried to pants him “Hit me” and “Hit me twice” when he’s asking the people in the pit for the cubes
-The lights during what would I do killed me honestly
-dr charlotte says “he has to stay here” to Marvin and they just kinda zoom in on Jason and he looks so worried about Whizzer and it’s terrible
-Trina wears mendels bracelet for the rest of the show after a marriage proposal
-WHIZZERS OUTFIT IS BIGGER IN MORE RAQUETBALL THAN IT WAS IN A DAY IN FALSETTOLAND I MEAN EVERONE ALREADY KNEW THAT BUT I WASNT READY FOR THAT
-they cut to Whizzer a bunch during making a home and I wasn’t ready for it
-Marvin cries (he just sobs) during unlikely lovers
-“I’m not a man in pants” is that a reference to in trousers????? Maybe???
-ALL OF THE LYRICS THEY CHANGES LIKE “FLAT AS A LAKE” INSTEAD OF “BORING AS SHIT” “I WANNA SEE THE HAIRLINE” INSTEAD OF “I WANNA SEE THE BALD SPOT”
-Whizzer just waltz into the baseball game and he gives absolutely zero shits and it’s amazing
-Andrews faces just throughout the entire thing like he says half Jewish during four Jews and just makes a 😬😬 face
-the way Andrew says hepatitis is amazing -the way Andrew says Petty petty petty is a blessing
-THE MARVIN AND WHIZZER MAKE OUT DURING DONT MAKE NOISE BUT DADDIES KISSING BOYS THEY JUST GO FOR IT
-After Marvin talks about the “hairline” Whizzer just stares at him for a solid 15 seconds just like “what the hell marv stop who do you think you are”
-Jasons little dances he does so many little dances
-WHIZZERS little nods during “Whizzer do you think I should see a psychiatrist”
-“Chess ain’t how your boyfriend thinks”
-Whizzer playing chess during the chess game is beautiful it’s the best thing I’ve ever seen
-Andrew starts to cry during days like this and it’s heartbreaking wow
-MENDEL POINTS TO THE CROWD WHEN HE SAYS HOMOSEXUALS
-Betsy Wolfe is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen

i will n e v e r understand why they don’t film all broadway musicals to have in theaters after they close honestly Falsettos and Newsies are both masterpieces and it is v e r y clear that people are willing and excited to see them so why not do the same for a l l broadway shows ?? ? ??? ?

Y'all, when Falsettos hits theaters, you NEED to see it. We need to prove that shows will make money if they release professional recordings. If Falsettos doesn’t do well, no one else will consider releasing their shows for a long time, if ever. Like it or not, it’s about money. If you are able, get your tickets and go see Falsettos in theaters so that we have a chance to see our other favorite shows released.

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so ya’ll are excited about the be more chill revival!!! 

here’s some throwback pics to when i saw Spring Awakening there last may!! seeing all the excitement in the bmc fandom has been Nice but i do think there’s some stuff ya’ll need to know. So!! as someone who lives here, and has seen a few Exit 82 shows and has met/knows a few of the actors, i have some stuff to say. 

——————— BMC REVIVAL PSA ———————

1.) you guys seem to think, by scrolling the tag, that this is some professional broadway level revival. 

no. while the people in Exit 82 are absolutely brilliant and their talent is incredible and the theater itself is so beautiful (i don’t want to shortchange that), this venue is not in the theatre district. what i am trying to say here is pretty, pretty please understand this is a local place in a low income area. please, be respectful to the town and people in it. 

2.) this cast will be different than what you are used to 

these people will obviously be different than those in the original production, they are different people. but!!! DIFFERENT is not equal to BAD. please be respectful to the actors as individuals. 

3.) even if you do not like the show, be c i v i l 

do not attack the actors, do not attack the musicians, the theatre company, the theater, the town, or the people. do not take out any anger or disappointment in immature and disrespectful ways. 

4.) moral of the story: 

these are real people, not pieces of meet. we are in a real town, not a fancy district. be kind and respectful.  i really hope this post helped clarify any concerns you may have but if you have any questions, my inbox is always open!!! 

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“There were these four foreign teenagers who came and sat in the very front row on a double date. There were two guys and two girls in the middle of them. Just really no concept of what it means to come to a Broadway show - just full conversations across each other, pointing at me and making comments about me. I tried to find all these sorts of times throughout the first act to glare at them and try to give them like a telepathic like "Please just shut your mouths” and it just really, it really just egged them on. They were like “He’s looking at us! He’s looking!” and I was like “Okay, no, that’s the opposite of the reaction I wanted.” And so, um, I kept trying to figure out how to get these people to just be quiet and so at the end of the first act, I get to come all the way to the lip of the stage and I give this sort of nervous speech with these notecards and I’m like right in front of them and they’re literally right there and I’m right up at the end of the stage…” (*)

ben platt has committed so much to portraying social anxiety in dear evan hansen and has even said in interviews that he has developed some of evan’s ticks, such as bad posture, biting his nails, etc. also, he worked with writers to make the ticks accurate as the show was being developed and he also is originating the role like it’s amazing, the portrayal and the passion blow me away,,, just another reason to luv ben platt

Musical Theatre Asks
  1. Best cast recording to listen to during a long car trip?
  2. Song you’d blast from the top of a skyscraper?
  3. Song that never fails to make you cry?
  4. Off-Broadway or Broadway production of Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet?
  5. If you were to make a your own production of your favorite musical with complete creative rights, what would you change?
  6. Best song to break something while listening to?
  7. Hamilton or In the Heights?
  8. Top three Broadway actors or actresses?
  9. Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, or James Corden as the host of the Tonys?
  10. Best musical theatre breakup song?
  11. Stephen Sondheim or James Lapine?
  12. Favorite romantic or platonic duo on Broadway?
  13. “Waving Through a Window” or “For Forever” from the cast album of Dear Evan Hansen?
  14. If you were to write a musical, which composer/writer would you like to team up with?
  15. What would you say if you met your Broadway fave?
  16. Best musical theatre location? Orlanda, Santa Fe, Chicago, or the Emerald City?
  17. Sally Bowles or Roxie Heart?
  18. Role you could play at this very moment and absolutely nail?
  19. Movie stars on Broadway or Broadway stars in movies?
  20. What book, movie, or TV show do you think should be made into a musical?
  21. Tap dance breaks or 10-second costume changes?
  22. Best Broadway Elder Price?
  23. Best meta moment in a musical?
  24. Top three women-driven musicals?
  25. Are you more excited for Spongebob: The Musical or the Broadway adaption of Frozen?
  26. Best young love song?
  27. Matilda or Groundhog Day?
  28. Historical event that should be made into a musical?
  29. What non-Broadway singer/actor would you love to see in a Broadway show, and which role would you like them to play?
  30. If you read fanfic, what’s your favorite fanfic about characters from musical theatre?
  31. Dream cast your favorite musical.
  32. Set design or lighting design?
  33. Favorite empowerment-themed Broadway song?
  34. Which Broadway star, from the past or present, would you love to have dinner with?
  35. Favorite musical theatre trope?

So, like you all, I watched the Tonys last night.

And here’s what I have to say.

Remember last year, when all the other interesting, cool Broadway musicals got stuck in the shadow of Hamilton?

Remember how all the beautiful little shows, like Waitress and Tuck Everlasting and Bright Star and Allegiance and On Your Feet were left unnoticed by most, as everyone bought tickets to Hamilton?

Remember how so many shows had to close because nobody wanted to buy tickets to them, because we were so caught up with Hamilton?

I’m afraid that Dear Evan Hansen will become the new Hamilton.

I’m afraid that so many other great, diverse, revolutionary shows will be lost in Broadway history, lost to this eight-person, nearly all-white, musical.

I’m afraid that, in five years or so, there won’t be anyone who’ll remember Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812.

I’m afraid that Groundhog Day will close because people will choose Dear Evan Hansen over it.

I’m afraid that Come From Away won’t get any recognition this season.

I’m afraid that nobody will remember Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for anything other than “Christian Borle was in it.”

I’m afraid that Bandstand, Anastasia, Miss Saigon, all these beautiful shows, will be performing to unresponsive audiences, as bored teenagers, fidgeting in their chairs whisper to their parents “Why couldn’t you have taken me to see Dear Evan Hansen instead? This sucks.”

Don’t get me wrong, Dear Evan Hansen is great, Hamilton is great.

It’s just that I hope the other shows this season are appreciated, too.