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Go Down a Broadway YouTube Hole with Us

Go Down a Broadway YouTube Hole with Us

Grab some popcorn, slide on your sweatpants, and enjoy these curated Broadway-related YouTube videos...or just put them on at the office to help you get through the workday!

Let's start with The Color Purple megastar Cynthia Erivo taking on a song from Dear Evan Hansen at this summer's Elsie Fest. This is all the best parts of Broadway 2016 in one incredible video.

Sexy people singing Beyoncé songs interwoven with songs from Hamilton? YEP! A bit long, but worth it...

Nick Blaemire, star of Off-Broadway's tick, tick...BOOM! is also a singer/songwriter who is giving us sexy #nerdsoul vibes in his hit single "Trouble".

Can we talk about Alex Wyse for a second? Your world will never be the same after he appears out of nowhere in this song from Deaf West's Spring Awakening around the 2:38 mark with that voice. Also, the entire cast is sexy and the production as a whole was one of the highlights of the 2015-16 Broadway season.

Regarding Alex Wyse: Right?!? Here he is again, this time singing a soulful song that will make you want to take off your panties or underwear and throw them right on the stage. It doesn't get much sexier than this!

Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall SLAY THE FUCK out of "Sugar Daddy" from Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the 2014 Tony Awards. We can't when NPH licks Samuel L. Jackson's glasses!

If you are someone who devours Tony Award performances on YouTube like us, then take it to the next step and watch the ENTIRE broadcast of the 2016 Olivier Awards, the London equivalent of the Tony Awards for shows on the West End. Presenters and winners include stars you'll recognize from Downtown Abbey, Sherlock, and Orange Is The New Black. Highlights include the Imelda Staunton opener,  Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical (!!!) at 1:12:48, Jonathan Groff AS King George introducing a performance of the London cast of In The Heights at 2:02:08, and the London cast of Kinky Boots at 11:35. Anyone up for an Oliviers party next year?

You are not a Hamilton fan if you haven't seen this #ham4ham with all three of the first King George's performing "The Schuyler Sisters". You can tell Jonathan Groff wants to officially play Eliza so badly in this video!

We dare you to name two bigger Queens of Broadway than Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur. Here they are at the 1987 Tony Awards performing the song they made famous together a couple decades earlier in Mame. Both are soaring at this time as major stars of television in Murder, She Wrote and The Golden Girls and you can tell they are so excited to be back in the world of theater!

Iain is the Prince of Broadway and this video of him reviewing Sunday in the Park with George is what catapulted him to fame. Watch this video if you want to remember what hope for our future feels like!

Ok, Fantasia busts it OUT at the 2007 Tony Awards with her performance of "I'm Here" from The Color Purple. She replaced the original Celie in the original production and you can see why about 10 seconds into this video. She IS Celie!

Let's get weird up in here! Here's Cher performing ALL the roles (???) in the "Quintet" from West Side Story. This video walks that fine line between a wet dream and a total fucking nightmare...

If that was too weird for you, then cleanse your palate with Idina Menzel singing "Don't Rain On My Parade" as part of the tribute to Barbra Streisand at the Kennedy Center Honors. She will change your life with her vocals around the 1:58 mark! Is Barbra into it, though? Unclear...

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Broadway Couple #relationshipgoals

Broadway Couple #relationshipgoals

We can't deal with these adorable Broadway couples, all of which you can follow on Instagram. Like, do they sing and dance together at home? Either way, #relationshipgoals!


Ricky Ubeda & Reed Luplau: @rickyubeda11@reedluplau

Ricky stars as Mister Mistoffelees in the current Broadway production of Cats and he steals the whole damn show (even from Grizabella!). Reed was the literal Fiddler on the Roof in 2016 and is now in The Great Comet. They also have an insanely adorable puppy (@riotthegoldendoodle).



Leslie Odom, Jr & Nicolette Robinson: @leslieodomjr@nicolettekloe

Leslie won a Tony for a little show you might have heard of called Hamilton and Nicolette has rocked it out in several Off-Broadway shows over the past few years, including standout performances in Brooklynite and Invisible Thread. The couple recently announced that they are expecting and the world can only imagine how cute that baby is going to be. Oh, and they DO sing together at home. OMG, check this out. 


Andy Mientus & Michael Arden: @andymientus & @michaelarden

Broadway A-lister Andy Mientus rocked your world in Smash and Les Misérables and his husband Michael Arden got a Tony nomination for his ridiculously awesome direction of Deaf West's Spring Awakening. They tied the knot this year in England at a wedding with a guest list full of Broadway stars. Andy is currently on tour in Wicked while Michael directs two revivals aiming for Broadway soon: Merrily We Roll Along and Once On This Island.


Ben Rappaport & Meg Kane: @ben_rappaport@itsmegkane

Ben is Fiddler on the Roof's Perchik and also stars on on the tv show Younger. Last January, he proposed ONSTAGE at Fiddler to Megan Kane, who performs often at 54 Below. Click here to watch their engagement video!



Anthony Ramos & Jasmine Cephas Jones:  @anthony_ramos_nyc@jazzy_joness

These two original stars of Hamilton are the definitive Broadway power couple. Oh, they also sing together at home! Check this out.


Krystina Alabado & Bob Lenzi: @krystinaalabado@bob.lenzi

Krystina just finished up Miss You Like Hell and totally stood out in the ensembles of both Lazarus and American Psycho. Bob was superb in Tuck Everlasting. They recently got engaged when Bob came to visit Krystina in La Jolla!


Max Von Essen & Daniel Rowan: @maxizpad@drowanj

Max just finished up the entire run of An American in Paris and will star in Off-Broadway's upcoming Yours Unfaithfully. Daniel just starred in Jesus Christ Superstar in Texas with If/Then star Jackie Burns.

Know of more Broadway couples that are totally #relationshipgoals? Hit us up on Twitter @yesbway!

6 Podcasts For New Broadway Fans

6 Podcasts For New Broadway Fans

6 Podcasts For New Broadway Fans

By Gianluca Russo

Plug in your headphones for tomorrow's morning commute and check out these podcasts involving everything from drunken interviews with some of the biggest names on Broadway to fascinating theatre history that you never realized you needed to know!


The Hamilcast

Gillian Pensavalle & Bianca Soto tackle America’s #1 hit musical in The Hamilcast. As they put it, “we talk all things Hamilton including how it brings people together, how we find Ham references in everyday life, and the general brilliance of the show. We'll also have special guests along the way ranging from people actually involved in the production, to the minds behind some of the best social media accounts inspired by the show, to teachers who use the music to get their students excited about history, and everything in between.”

Start with: OG Hamilton cast member Andrew Chappelle’s episode. His sassy and upbeat personality makes for an extremely entertaining episode where the bunch talk the life of a Broadway swing, who plays over 10 roles (!) in the show.


Broadwaysted

What’s better than getting drunk and going to see a Broadway show? Nothing! If you’re looking for a truly entertaining hour of listening, Broadwaysted is the podcast for you. Join Bryan, Kimberly and Kevin as they drink up with Broadway favorites like Matt Doyle and Lesli Margherita (yes, that's her real name and she's our Queen).

Start with: Supergirl and Newsies star Jeremy Jordan’s episode. Grab a beer and drink along as the Broadwaysted team reads fan faction and plays "Fantasy Date Night" with the stage and screen star.


TheaterPpl

Theater People

Patrick Hinds' Theater People features hour-long interviews with everyone from Aladdin's James Monroe Iglehart to Tony Winner and Nashville star Laura Benanti. This podcast is that rare mix of informative and entertaining, jam packed with laughs, fun stories and the occasional tear-jerking moments that you don’t want to miss.

Start with: Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda’s episode. Duh, he's Our Supreme Leader.


The Ensemblist

Broadway mainstays Nikka Graff Lanzarone & Mo Brady tackle what it’s like to be a member of a Broadway ensemble in their podcast The Ensemblist. They speak with unsung heroes of the theatre community, covering topics such as swings, replacements, dance captains, tech week and much more that happens in a Broadway show that the general public usually doesn't know about.

Start with: their episode with dramaturg Anika Chapin. You will learn what dramaturgy is and want to quit your day job to become a dramaturg!


Little Known Facts

Broadway vet Ilana Levine’s podcast features stars of stage and screen is the one of the newest in the bunch, but already one of our favorites. Levine’s approach at interviewing stars such as Matthew Broderick and Roger Bart is raw, honest and unfiltered.

Start with: Kristin Chenoweth’s episode. The pair met when they both starred in 1999's You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown and remain close friends, so it is very intimate and lovely. Kristin's story about going to Prince's house will have you on the edge of your seat!


Broadway Backstory

This new podcast from TodayTix, also hosted by Patrick Hinds, tells the story behind Broadway's most successful musicals. From The Secret Garden to Legally Blonde, Hinds and special guests break down everything that goes into these hit shows.

Start with: The Deaf West production of Spring Awakening episode, which took Broadway by storm in 2016. You will be fascinated as you learn about the challenges involved with putting up a musical with deaf actors in starring roles.


5 Times BroadwayCon Inspired Us to Fight Against Tyranny

5 Times BroadwayCon Inspired Us to Fight Against Tyranny

5 Times BroadwayCon Inspired Us to Fight Against Tyranny

By Brookelynn Mason

1.  When the Opening Ceremony made us cry.

Anyone attending BroadwayCon 2017 will attest to the heightened emotions over the weekend due to the political atmosphere -- from Trump defunding the arts to the ban on Middle Eastern immigration, it was a scary and uncertain weekend. The opening ceremony for BroadwayCon, however, reminded us that art can enact change. Check out clips from the show, in which an evil "mayoress" (the blindingly talented Lesli Margherita) who really likes to tweet tries to silence the theater community, but doesn't realize that art is what helps us use our voice. It gives us the strength to go on even when the world is in chaos. OG Rent cast member Anthony Rapp, who co-founded BroadwayCon, also stars.


2.  When Oak from Hamilton discussed activism with three extremely powerful women.

BroadwayCon's "Actors and Activism" panel could not have come at a more appropriate time: the day after Trump's immigration ban from Muslim countries. Panelists included Okieriete ("Oak") Onaodowan, Celia Keenan-Bolger, and Tina Landau. From concerns of being blacklisted from producers and directors for speaking up, to feeling physically ill at the revival of Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (I'm looking at you, Celia Keenan-Bolger), this panel left us with a fire in our bellies and a hope in our hearts. Art is activism!


3.  When Jeanine Tesori told us that simply showing is a political act.

Check out the video of Fun Home composer Jeanine Tesori explaining to us that simply showing up is a political act. While thousands of people protested the immigration policy at JFK Airport in New York City, thousands more attended BroadwayCon. The famous @BroadwayGirlNYC, Laura Heywood, said it best:


4.  When Paula Mothafuckin' Vogel reminded us that we are ALL Muslim right now.

Paula Vogel is one of the most influential playwrights of our time. Her upcoming debut on Broadway (!) with Indecent involves a play within a play about a lesbian from a religious family who falls in love with a prostitute. In this clip, Paula explains why she thinks the theater is so important right now. Once again, we were reminded that love, art, and standing together and fighting were all needed in order to make it through the next four (difficult) years.


5.  When the entire cast of Hamilton talked about the show's powerful lines.

Hamilton is constantly in the narrative whenever Broadway is mentioned, and BroadwayCon was no exception. Taran Killam recalled that the King George songs that incited the most applause changed with the political climate. "Immigrants: we get the job done!" had an extremely powerful reaction during Saturday night's show after the Muslim ban was announced. Watch more clips here to see how Hamilton and everyone involved with it continues to turn the political world upside down.

7 Awesome I AM/I FIGHT #GhostlightProject Signs

7 Awesome I AM/I FIGHT #GhostlightProject Signs

7 AWESOME I AM/I FIGHT #GHOSTLIGHTPROJECT SIGNS

Yesterday, theaters around the world hosted tens of thousands of people at 5:30pm local time to "create a light for dark times ahead, and to make, or renew, a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, age, gender, identity, or sexual orientation".  Artists and anyone in the community were encouraged to fill out signs identifying who they are and what they fight for. Here's 7 of the best from Instagram.


Andy Mientus and the national tour of Wicked knock it out of of the park with this lyrical wordplay.

WE ARE

Wicked

WE FIGHT FOR

Good

We are Wicked. We fight for Good. #ghostlightproject #bealight #allarewelcome 💡

A photo posted by @andymientus on


Hamilton's Andrew Chappelle finds the poignancy in keeping it simple.

I AM

a human

I FIGHT FOR

basic human rights

Today I'm joining the @ghostlightproject #shinebright #humanrights #riseup #ghostlightproject

A photo posted by Andrew Chappelle (@achapphawk) on


Jessica Vosk fights for the Elphabas of the world.

I AM

a storyteller, a woman, strong

I FIGHT FOR

those who are different, those who can't fight, THE WORLD


Rocky's Vasthy Mompoint is what this country is all about.

I AM

black, female, and the daughter of immigrants

I FIGHT FOR

America


Jason "SweetTooth" Williams sneaks in a pitch for a HP printer.

I AM

an artist, a husband, a father, more than my demographic, wishing I owned a printer

I FIGHT FOR

my family, my country, equality, an HP Laserjet wireless printer


One half of The Ensemblist podcast Mo Brady tugs at heartstrings.

I AM

a gay dad

I FIGHT FOR

my family

#ghostlightproject

A photo posted by Mo Brady (@mo_brady) on


Amelie's Adam Chanler-Berat is brave about showing his vulnerability.

I AM

angry, scared, confused

I FIGHT FOR

human rights + our planet's future

#bealight @ghostlightproject

A photo posted by Adam Chanler-Berat (@adamchanlerberat) on


For more, search the hashtag #ghostlightproject on social media or visit theghostlightproject.com. 

(Not the Same Ol’ Boring) Top 10 Theater Experiences of 2016

(Not the Same Ol’ Boring) Top 10 Theater Experiences of 2016

By Slade Sohmer (@Slade on Twitter)

There is more to Broadway than hip-hopped 18th-century American history. To wrap up the year, here are 10 of the best nights of theater in 2016. These aren’t necessarily the 10 best shows in NYC right now; rather, these are the best theater-going experiences that one person you may or may not know experienced. As we all know, theater is very much the Snapchat of entertainment: wholly ephemeral, entirely personal, and occasionally there are nudes. Now...on with the show!

#1: Dear Evan Hansen

“You will be found,” they sing, and they’re right -- you will be found swimming in a puddle of your tears on the floor of the theater when the lights come up. Ben Platt’s brilliant performance as the title character has already shut down the Best Actor category at the 2017 Tonys: One second he’s showing off a mastery of comedic timing, the next he’s a literal mess of real tears and snot and spit. Rachel Bay Jones, between this role and Catherine in Pippin, is carving out a legacy as the Queen of Act II. And Will Roland as Evan’s best family friend is the breakout star of the season. Have seen this one three times in 2016 and it’s not nearly enough. Go, now. 

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Honorable Mentions

All photos by Joan Marcus, unless otherwise stated.

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This Hamilton Fan Loved Moana

This Hamilton Fan Loved Moana

This Hamilton Fan Loved Moana

by Matt Speiser

He’s Back.

At 10:35 this morning – the earliest the cineplex would allow – I took my four-year-old son to his first-ever feature: Disney’s Moana. Or as it’s known to those of us in the know – ie, all of America now – the new Lin-Manuel Miranda movie.

I wish I could pretend my kid asked me to take him.

I wish I could tell you I hadn’t been warned it would be a touch terrifying – what with the giant cannibalistic crab, the fire-demon, and the green lady who becomes a mountain.

I wish I could insist this was just me being a great dad.

But the truth is, since the moment I heard that our very own Shakespeare was turning from the afterbirth of a nation to the empire that is The Rock, I knew I’d be using my first-born as an excuse to see it.

Am I glad I did? Damn right.

And not just because of the feminist incarnation of a Disney princess. Or the digitized beachside vistas. Or even the wholesome bonding that seemed to seep from the sticky floors and coat the stale morning-popcorn.

No. I’m grateful instead for the soaring, earwormy loops. The trademark glee of our fearless composer when he pops in on “We Know the Way.” And most of all, for that glorious moment halfway through, when the perfectly titled “You’re Welcome” (see video) unleashes the now familiar, ever delicious blend of theater and hip-hop. It’s then that the words spiral out in syncopated perfection: all million-syllabic rhymes, luxuriant double-meanings, left-turns-when-you-thought-they-were-right. It’s then, right in that instant, that you leap from your seat, grin at your petrified son, and declare, “There!! Did you hear it?! That’s him! Miranda’s done it again!”

So that on the ride home, you’re at it again, clicking “play” on your phone, tapping your foot, and singing along to what sent you to Fandango in the first place.

How does a bastard

Orphan…….

The Ten (Tony Awards) Duel Commandments

The Ten (Tony Awards) Duel Commandments

By Phoebe Geer and YesBroadway Curator-in-Chief Sam

“There are 10 things you need to know”…about the Tonys!

With only a few weeks left before our favorite night of the year, gaining some perspective on what the Tony Awards are all about will help you appreciate them even more come June 11. Here's how they work.

#1. The process starts with nominations, which are voted upon by a group of 42 people. They see every new Broadway show, and then nominate shows by secret ballot. This year's nominations are announced by Christopher Jackson (Hamilton favorite) and Jane Krakowski (She Loves Me star), live from Lincoln Center.

#2. Only shows that opened on Broadway that season are eligible. The 2017 season ended on April 27. The only performers eligible for nominations are those who performed on the official opening night of any show that opened that season. Replacement cast members and shows that have been open for more than a year: you’re outta luck! Many shows try to open as close to the deadline as possible, so that it is fresh in the minds of voters (see below).

#3. There are 24 administration committee members. They get to determine what shows are eligible for nominations and what categories performers are eligible in (lead vs featured, etc.). The power, oh, the power!

#4. The winners are selected by a pool of around 850 Tony voters. Voters are “expected to” refrain from voting in any category where they have not seen all the nominees. We are sure everyone adheres to this honour code, right? 

#5. A really good time to see a new Broadway show is in May when performers are rocking it out extra hard at every performance to get the attention of the Tony voters who are in the audience that night.

#6. While we’re getting all British on your ass (note “honour” spelling above), a show imported to NYC from London or anywhere else is allowed to be considered “new” for Tony Award purposes.

#7. Nothing sells like a Broadway revival, but there are separate Tony categories for new Broadway productions of good old beloved shows like Hello, Dolly!  and new shows like Dear Evan Hansen. Acting nominees are grouped together in one category, though.

#8. The 2017 Tony Awards will be on June 11th on CBS. 

#9. Stage and screen star Kevin Spacey will host the 2017 Tony Awards, and we couldn't be more excited about that!

#10. Hamilton broke the record in 2016 for the most nominations ever at 16, but it only won 11 of 13 possible awards (because multiple performers were nominated in the same category, the max it could have won was 13). One thing it couldn't beat? Cynthia Erivo’s legendary performance in The Color Purple.

Photo: Shevett Studios

Photo: Shevett Studios

 
Photo: Shevett Studios

Photo: Shevett Studios

 

NPH slays the opening of the 2013 Tonys with a overwhelmingly delightful tribute to Broadway!

Hamilton performs Yorktown at the Tonys sans guns in respect of the Orlando shooting that had happened the night before.

Fun facts

*Christian Borle may be up TWICE in the Best Leading Actor in a Musical category this year for both Falsettos and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Photo: Joan Marcus

Photo: Joan Marcus

Photo: Joan Marcus

*WTF upsets for Best Musical: 

1958: The Music Man beat West Side Story. Maybe gangs were too scary for 1950's Tony voters.

1969: The musical 1776 beat Hair. Even Broadway wasn't ready for the sexual and cultural revolution yet.

2004: Avenue Q beat Wicked. I don't think the producers of Wicked are upset, though, considering the show has been running for more than a decade now! Also, as long as Idina Menzel got that Tony Award for playing Elphaba...we're cool! See her speech here:

*The Producers won 12 Tony Awards in 2001, the most ever!

*Audra McDonald has 6 Tony Awards, the most for of any performer in the history of Broadway.

*The person who has hosted the Tony Awards the most? Angela Lansbury at 5 times. Neil Patrick Harris is a close second with 4 years as host. Here she is with Bea Arthur performing at the 1987 Tony Awards, which she hosted!

*Many people agree that Jennifer Holliday’s “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls in 1982 is the best Tony Awards performance of all time. Check out this video starting around the 3:20 mark and throw everything you thought you knew about good performances out the window. The world has never been the same after this moment in Broadway history!