Do you know how Broadway Stars are always like “I grew up listening to Into the woods and West side story” “I was obsessed with Patti Lupone” “Bernadette Peters was my idol” “My parents will always put Les mis in the car”
Well, in a few years, Broadway stars will say things like “I grew up listening to Hamilton and Spring Awakening” “I was obsessed with Jonathan Groff and Aaron Tveit” “Idina Menzel and Laura Benanti were my idols” “My parents will always put Hairspray in the car”
We are the new generation, the girl who sits next to you in choir could become the main character in the next Broadway hit, that boy who does really nice covers on Youtube may be the next tony winner. Hell, the person reading this can become the next Broadway stars and inspiration for thousands of children from all over the world.
what she means:Michael Arden was robbed of the Tony for best direction of a musical. He told a story in a non-verbal language. He brought in deaf actors and hard of hearing actors and actors in wheel chairs and put them on Broadway, something that had never been done before. Deaf West Spring Awakening got snubbed and deserved so much more. The show didn't even get nominated for best choreography for incorporating sign language into dance. What's probably the worst thing is that Michael Arden wasn't even shown when his name was called in the nomination category. They couldn't even bother to be sure they showed the right person. This show did something no other show has done before and to not recognize that is a disrespect to the deaf community.
“I started in theater when I was 7-years-old, when no one thought that a young Deaf girl could perform on stage. This season, Deaf West Theater’s innovative production of Spring Awakening presented theater the way it was meant to be: open to all people through the beauty of American Sign Language.”
The Tony Nominations come out next week. and yes I am as excited as you are.
Can we all PLEASE remember one thing.
While Hamilton is an extremely popular show (and yes it is amazing and innovative) BUT there were MANY amazing shows that came out this year. Shows that deserve to be recognized alongside Hamilton. Please do not make everything about Hamilton. Please remember all the other amazing artists whos shows came out this year too.
Please remember Deaf West Spring Awakening, Waitress, American Psycho, The Color Purple, and a number of other shows.
Lets make this awards season about honouring and recognizing ALL the amazing productions that happened this year, not just one of them.