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Dear Evan Handsome

   I, like probably most other Americans, thought that after the wildfire success of Hamilton, that Broadway had peaked, patted itself on its back for a job so well done, and clicked off the lights. Thankfully, that’s totally untrue. Broadway is still churning out works of art and it turns out that at least one of them is bloody brilliant - that one being Dear Evan Hansen.

   Dear Evan Hansen is new Broadway musical that tells the story of a socially awkward misfit, Evan Hansen, who, at the advice of his therapist, writes a letter to himself each morning: “Dear Evan Hansen, today is going to be a good day, here’s why…” Well, one day as Evan writes this letter to himself at his school’s computer lab, another lonely misfit named Connor finds it and berates Evan about the letter. Connor steals the letter and storms off.

  Days later, Evan is called to the principals office. When he arrives, Connor’s parents inform Evan that Connor killed himself and that they found a letter addressed to Evan Hansen in his pocket. Connor’s parents, under the assumption that Connor and Evan must have been friends that wrote letters to each other, ask Evan through tears about their relationship and Evan, riddled with anxiety and unable to tell the grieving parents that their son was actually a bully who had stolen Evan’s self-addressed letter, goes along with it. What starts out as a little lie grows and grows as Evan fabricates a mass exchange of emails to serve as evidence of the nonexistent friendship between Evan and Connor. As the emails go public, other students come together to start a viral online presence they call The Connor Project. Meanwhile, Evan is becoming closer and closer with Connor’s family and distancing himself more and more from his own mother.

   Evan Hansen is played by Ben Platt. Ben Platt is insanely talented. I got to see Book of Mormon in Chicago a couple of years ago where Ben Platt played the role of Elder Cunningham and I thought he was absolutely terrific and his delivery and comedic timing was side-splitting.

   Because so much of what Evan does throughout the show is morally ambiguous, the role demands a certain level of vulnerability from the actor portraying him in order for the audience to remain on his side. Platt plays the role flawlessly. He will give you all the feels you could ever ask for plus half a dozen extra free of charge.

   Another aspect that helps with the moral ambiguity of the show is the fact that the music is damn near perfect. The music allows us to glimpse into the soul of the characters in a way not otherwise achievable, which allows the audience to relate and empathize with what the characters are going through and where they’re coming from.

   The music for the show was done by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who also wrote the lyrics for the contemporary movie-musical La La Land. Steven Levenson wrote the book, meaning he’s the mastermind behind the brilliant and original story and all the characters involved. Michael Greif, whose name you might recognize because he’s a Broadway legend, directed the show. He also directed Rent and Next to Normal.

   Get this soundtrack. See it on Broadway if you can. Try to find video clips of it online (if you’re into that.) This show is spectacular and, let’s be one-hundred, you can use a break from Hamilton. It’ll still be there when you come back.

Hamilton Fic: What Happened in Broadway

Author’s note: MY FRIENDS, I’M ACTUALLY UPLOADING, YES. MIRACLE! Okno. I have four days free from school and that’s the reason why I’ve been able to move my ass and finally get this shit done. Hope you like it!

Prompt: rehearsals rehearsals *break* rehearsals rehearsals *dinner* rehearsals rehearsals *wtf dan* *ok now they are drunk* (you’ll get it when you read it ok)

warnings: apart from me having no idea of how theaters work (again) and sex innuendo, that’s it.

Words: 3,785

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Chapter Three: Rehearsals and other interesting stuff

The amount of compliments that I received after acting were unvelievable and numberless. Everyone suddenly seemed so excited about me being here. Not that they weren’t before, but it looked like showing my skills had reassured them about what I was capable of.

“Well, me might as well begin rehearsing now that we’ve seen we’re all ready”- Lin said while smiling wide and looking at me.

Let me just say, that was the most fun I’d had in a while. Dancing and singing around to one of my favourite musicals, with finally someone else than myself was already a dream come true. No need of public, no need of fame, this is what I was looking for. The fun of doing what I love.

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The Rockettes face a tough decision — dance for Trump or lose their jobs

  • On Thursday, team Trump announced the Rockets would perform at the inauguration.
  • It seems this decision was made without the consent of the Rockettes themselves. 
  • At least one Rockette has taken to Instagram to share her disappointment, but the organization has been actively looking to stamp out resistance in the ranks. 
  • According to Billboard, the union representing the Rockettes — the American Guild of Variety Artists — issued all full-time Rockettes a stern ultimatum: 
  • Dance for a known pussy-grabber or hit Broadway’s shining streets looking for a new gig. Read more
Description of Broadway's  guys voices
  • Leslie Odom Jr.: A red velvet cupcake fresh out of the oven with cream cheese frosting in the middle
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda: That Dragon’s Egg Bath Bomb that just explodes with color when you drop it in the bath water
  • Daveed Diggs: Tap dancing. Just tap dancing but also rapping at the same time
  • Michael Arden: Butterflies in your stomach that are so strong you want to pull a Julie Andrews and start spinning happily in a circle
  • Andy Mientus: Fuzzy socks and hot chocolate by a warm fire with tons of blankets while having a Disney movie marathon
  • Aaron Tveit: The cold side of your pillow that feels oh-so-good in the middle of the night
  • Jeremy Jordan: Dressing in a cute outfit and strutting around while everyone is checking you out and you KNOW you look hot AF
  • Ben Platt: To take a bath with relaxing music and suddenly felt the heat in your body and your cheeks blushing
  • Darren Criss: When you adopt a new puppy, who has been living on the street starving, and now all you wanna do is wrap him in a blanket, cuddle and give him love
  • Jonathan Groff: That one commercial for Coca Cola that they play at Christmas Time that makes everyone laugh,smile, and cry
  • Alex Boniello: When you’re home alone and put on full concert mode very loudly with light, fume and special effects all over the room
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The new ‘Star Trek’ has an out gay lead character — and that’s a big deal

After months of hints, CBS confirmed Tuesday that its new Star Trek series, Star Trek: Discovery, will have an out gay character. Anthony Rapp, most famous as the original Mark in Broadway’s Rent, has been cast as officer and astromycologist Lt. Stamets.

Rapp is himself an out gay man, which makes this casting particularly notable in an industry that still has trouble recognizing and rewarding LGBTQ actors. But Stamets being one of the new series’ primary characters is important on several different levels — especially for this franchise. Read more

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Imagine a theme park kinda like Disney but instead of a Disney theme it’s a Broadway theme. There could be a Phantom of the Opera haunted boat ride, a Carousel carousel, a Wicked indoor ride, a Rock of Ages Roller Coaster, The Secret Garden walkthrough garden maze. The parade would have floats featuring different shows. Themed restaurants would include a real life Lulu’s Pies from Waitress, a RENT Santa Fe restaurant, Mrs. Lovett’s Pie shop, a Something Rotten omelette stand… The possibilities are endless!

“The Theater must always be a safe and special place. The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!” — Donald J. Trump


I’m not sure what kind of “safe and special” theater the president-elect is alluding to in his tweet on Saturday, following the imbroglio involving Vice President-elect Mike Pence at the Friday night performance of Broadway’s “Hamilton.” Maybe by “safe and special” he means the theater is supposed to be docile, an innocuous landscape filled exclusively with chorus girls and holiday pageants.


But let’s be clear: “Safe” theater is dead theater. Conflict is what drives drama, and sometimes, emotions in that public space become intense and things get messy. Some of that exuberance spilled over into the peanut galleries Friday night: As he returned to his orchestra seat after intermission, Pence was greeted with applause — and boos.


Broadway protocol would dictate that an incoming vice president go backstage after a performance and greet the cast. In this case, though, Pence reportedly was being ushered out of the theater as Brandon Victor Dixon, the actor portraying Aaron Burr in the acclaimed musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton, began his curtain-call remarks. According to media reports, Pence stood just outside the auditorium door, listening to the full speech. It is rare indeed for a company of actors — and especially those in what amounts to one of the biggest hits in Broadway history — to address a single public official at the end of a performance.


“Vice President-elect Pence, welcome,” Dixon said, on behalf of the production. “Thank you for joining us at ‘Hamilton: An American Musical.’ We are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights. We hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and work on behalf of all of us. Thank you.”


Some observers on social media see Trump’s tweet as an attempt to grab hold of a minor culture-war issue and deflect attention from objections being lodged against several of his initial appointments. Indeed, he seems to be trying to make the case here that it’s not the incoming administration that poses the greatest threat; it’s the dissenters who are threatening him. Still, the challenging words by the “Hamilton” cast and the contretemps surrounding them portend a contentious relationship between the Republican-led government and an arts community that may be preparing to take it on publicly.


In the context of a musical about a revolution, the events of Friday night look like life imitating art.

Hey, reblog/like if anyone out there has watched a boot but is still dying to see the show live, it just doesn’t work out financially, geographically, or timewise (it’s already off Broadway/tour). I’m trying to make a fucking point.

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‘Hamilton’s Pence controversy helps Broadway show break new record

  • Hamilton broken yet another record — this time, for the highest amount of money earned by a Broadway show in one week.
  • The show grossed $3.3 million the week of Thanksgiving, establishing itself as the first Broadway show ever to top $3 million in an eight-performance week. 
  • Wicked grossed $3.2 million during a nine-performance week in 2013. Read more
Lin-Manuel Miranda on His Oscar-Nominated 'Moana' Song: 'You Start by Thinking, Don’t Write "Let It Go"'

It’s something that really sets Moana apart from other heroines: She finds herself without running away from her home and culture. In some ways it seems like a bolder choice.

I had a similar thing when I was working on [Miranda’s first Broadway musical] In the Heights. I got a lot of notes from producers, who didn’t end up being involved, being like, “You gotta give Nina stakes! What if she got pregnant at school? What if her boyfriend beat her?”

Oh my God!

Believe me, that’s not the worst of the notes I got. Not from our actual producers, but from people who would see the show in process. And what we were trying to accomplish was so much more subtle, which was, this is a young woman who’s been built up to be the star of her neighborhood all her life, and then she goes to a place where everyone’s the star of their neighborhood. And so she sort of comes home with her tail between her legs. And we fought for that. Even though it was more subtle than a more soap-ish plot line, I can’t tell you how many young Latina and Latino men and women have come up to me saying, “I was the first in my family to go to college, and Nina spoke to me.” Because we reached for the more subtle storyline, the more specific storyline than “some dramatic event happened and I couldn’t hack it.”

[click for the rest of the Moana-heavy interview]