the year is 2084. ben platt has won his fiftieth tony for starting as his own original character in the fourth falsettos revival. hamilton is now the longest running show on broadway. lin manuel miranda has written eight more musicals and starred in six of them. denee benton and andrew rannells are no longer robbed and they lounge amongst their twelve tony awards. nic rouleau is still somehow in the book of mormon as elder price on broadway.
The year is 2017. There are movies featuring Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Beanie Feldstein, and Daveed Diggs, all in theaters at the same time. Rory O'Malley, Josh Groban, Jeremy Jordan, Ben Platt, Anthony Ramos, and Andrew Rannells are all on famous TV shows within weeks of each other. Speaking of Ben Platt, he is working on a solo album. Dear Evan Hansen and Anastasia are about to perform in a nationally televised parade. Falsettos and Great Comet are coming back on the West Coast. Newsies is on Netflix. Come from Away has a movie deal.
So in No One Else, we see all of these individual lightbulbs. What does that do for that moment? The core of the show has always been the simple lightbulb. And it’s a lightbulb that can turn from a lightbulb to a star to a comet. So it goes on a journey with the show. And how many hanging lightbulbs [are there]? 998.