This week has been rough. Like in the sort of way that makes you question humanity. By Wednesday, Ann and I had developed a list of what we had learned via the internet and the never-ending (literally) 24-hour news cycle: 1. You can say/feel racist things, but apparently that doesn’t make you racist. 2. People legitimately believe you can rape, but you’re not a rapist. (I can’t believe Lena Dunham and I agree on something) 3. Broadway stars are awesome at carpool karaoke. 4. It’s okay in TX to use deadly force to get $150 back from someone. So, none of that is something anyone wants to read, and so with that, I devote this weeks links to realization #3 and the greatness that is the Tony Awards this weekend. But before we get there, let’s take a brief segue to this amazing Jess Connelly article on the topic of the intentional idea of coming undone. Because in all the mess, we spend a lot of time holding in what should be part of living life abundantly. Now, back to It’s Broadway Week! of weekly links.
SUPERSIZED!!: All Things Hamilton (or all of Broadway).
- Carpool Karaoke goes Broadway. And it is as amazing as you think it might be.
- LATE ADDITION!: The Hamilton Illustrated Pamphlet. (I can’t believe I forgot this).
- Chris Jackson, aka General Washington, talks life in…what else…Hamilton
- The very FIRST All-Lady Creative team behind a musical, or in this case Waitress will have their moment to shine this weekend at the Tony’s! If you haven’t listened to the Original Cast Recording, it’s out and on all the iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, or whatever the kids are listening to these days
- Also, the New York Times broke down women on Broadway. Diversity numbers are up, so now, we talk about the ladies, for a gdod reason.”
- Daveed Diggs is working on new and awesome projects (#Bars) that combines Rap and Music of the life, movies, and musical variety. And it’s amazing, and not just because he’s my hair twin.
- Phillipa Soo, aka Eliza Hamilton, goes on Broadway.com’s Side by Side by Susan Blackwell where she gardens, does impressions and it pretty much amazing.
- On something not Hamilton related, Jamie Camil (who you know as Jane’s father on Jane the Virgin), is playing the role of Billy Flynn in Chicago for the duration of the summer. Let’s add that to the list.
- There is a Hamilton camel at the Chicago Zoo. It’s officially everywhere now, touching all the areas of life (don’t worry, it asked permission first).
- The Atlantic gives us an Atlantic-length article (which is only comparable to the New Yorker) on Hamilton, the Constitution, Originalism, the Supremes (Court), and government in general.
- Renée Elise Goldsberry does a Broadway.com Role Call…which is to say she talks about how she has been being awesome in shows for forever…even soap operas.
- Jonathan Groff gets all emotive about being King George III the II and being nominated for a TONY
- Wait for it.
- Lady Hamilton and Sisters Hamilton talk the greatness. They are so delightful.
- Ensemble casts are the glue that holds a show together, which the LA Times was so nice to remind us of in advance of Sunday. Which mostly makes me remember how much I loved being in the Corps in ballet; it was the best feeling ever being part of a group and the feelings that came with that. I never wanted to be the star, I just wanted to be part of the story. (And yes, that could practically be the motto of my life).
- Wouldn’t it be nice if I didn’t have to buy tickets via resale channels that our out to steal all of your money? Wouldn’t it be great if people could handle having nice things.
- I don’t know if Paul Tazewell will win in his category on Sunday (costume design), but I would like to know when he will sell me a replica costume from the show
- Every Broadway show concept has to start somewhere. This concept album (An American Victory) has some heavy hitters on it, though I’m still not totally sure about the premise.