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“satisfied as of august 6th”: Karen Olivo leaves the chicago production of Hamilton tomorrow and that’s honestly so heartbreaking because her performance was so emotional and i was stunned. like, yeah satisfied is sad but she made it S A D and she was actually crying during quiet uptown. anyways, her birthday is also august 7th so let’s celebrate the icon that is Karen Olivo, and her legendary career as a performer.

Happy Pride Month! To my LGBTQ friends and family, my mentors and collaborators, and all those whom I have yet to meet: You are the real Elphabas and Elsas and Maureens of this world. You are the courageous heroes who have showed the rest of us what it means to be true and honest and stand up for each other – and to love that very thing about ourselves that might set us apart from others.

Day after day, I aspire to be as brilliant and brave as you are. Thank you for guiding me through my life, for supporting me and teaching me the right time to scream and dance – to love, sing, fight, forgive, and laugh. So much laughter. I will always be here standing with you.

No Day But Today.

—  Idina Menzel

“The Crystal Kingdom” was a very dense arc and there was a lot more I would have liked to include in this one (Carey, NO-3113, Hodge Podge, and Legion just to name a few), but I’m happy with the composition I settled on. Merle. Magnus. Taako. Mister Upsy, your Lifting Friend. Just the essentials.

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When I was little, I thought I was going to be a magician. I had tricks and thought they were genius. I didn’t decide, ‘I’m going to be an actress.’ I didn’t know that was a job. I thought that only happened to people born in Hollywood. But I put on shows at home, and I used to watch videos over and over and knew them by heart. I did drama at school and was in all the plays just because I liked doing it.

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You always said how lucky you were that we were all friends, but it was us, baby, who were the lucky ones.

Rent (2005) dir. Chris Columbus