• Broadway:ah yes let's give the people what they want…
  • Theatre fans:Cheaper tickets!
  • Theatre fans:James Barbour out of Phantom!
  • Theatre fans:Hunchback of Notre Dame to transfer to Broadway!
  • Theatre fans:accessible musicals so we don't live off of bootlegs and anger Patti Lupone!
  • Theatre:amazing shows like Newsies and Spring Awakening to stay open!
  • Broadway:no. A SpongeBob musical and Cats revival.

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. 

Have you ever actually thought about this?

the signs as musical theatre quotes
  • Aries:I am flame and I am fire
  • I am destruction, decay, and desire (Next to Normal)
  • Taurus:Look, I find some of what you teach suspect, because I'm used to relying on intellect, but I try to open up to what I don't know (Rent)
  • Gemini:Must it all be either less or more, either plain or grand? Is it always "or"? Is it never "and"? (Into the Woods)
  • Cancer:A dream is a soft place to land (Waitress)
  • Leo:I don't come cheap but the kisses come free ;) (Hairspray)
  • Virgo:No other road, no other way, no day but today (Rent)
  • Libra:Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise (Les Miserables)
  • Scorpio:Oh, you're gonna be wounded. Oh, I'm gonna be your wound. (Spring Awakening)
  • Sagittarius:When your feet don't touch the earth, you can't feel the fates that hurt. And you're free, there's no need, to come down. (Finding Neverland)
  • Capricorn:I don't want to fight, but I won't apologize for doing what's right (Hamilton)
  • Aquarius:If you want me, satisfy me (Once)
  • Pisces:Don't you carry nothing that might be a load, come on and ease on down the road (The Wiz)
  • what she says:I'm fine
  • 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.
theatre songs that could resurrect me

• the bitch of living

• ring of keys

• blackout

• schuyler sisters

• la vie boheme

• bad idea

• defying gravity

• tomorrow is a latter day

• king of new york

• this world will remember us

• no one else

• one day more

• into the woods prologue

• all that jazz

• gimme gimme

• naughty

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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.

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Some pray that one day, Christ will come a’-callin’
They light a candle and hope that it glows
And some just lie there crying for him to come and find them
But when he comes they don’t know how to go 

Sandra Mae Frank and Katie Boeck (Deaf West Spring Awakening) performing ‘Mama Who Bore Me’ at the 70th Annual Tony Awards

a friendly little reminder

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.