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VIDEO:”Edwin Drood” Cast Goes Viral With “Bustle Fluffah” Song

You won’t see THIS song on Broadway. The cast of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s “The Mystery Of Ediwn Drood” has a YouTube video called “Bustle Fluffah.” It’s sort of a Dickensian answer to “Baby Got Back.” A rap interpretion of those frames on Victorian dresses that made women’s backsides look enormous. If the Victorian Era had an equivalent of “My Humps,” this would be it.

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You won’t see THIS song on Broadway! The cast of Roundabout Theatre Company’s “The Mystery Of Ediwn Drood” has a YouTube video called “Bustle Fluffah.” It’s sort of a Dickensian answer to “Baby Got Back” – a rap interpretion of those frames on Victorian dresses that made women’s backsides look enormous. If the Victorian Era had an equivalent of “My Humps,” this would be it. But if you think that victorian hoop skirts are stuffy – then think again – because this song turns the look on its ear!

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” is currently playing on Broadway, and it’s worth noting that it is not at all like this song in tone – which makes this such a fun and eyebrow raising performance. Drood is a murder mystery musical based on Charles Dickens’ last novel, and it’s an incredibly fun show.

But back to “Bustle Fluffah!” Check out the video below! (Including a few appearances by Chita Rivera!!) Then scroll down to hear from cast member Andrew Karl, who not only plays “Neville Landless” but is also the delightfully twisted man behind the tune.


An interview with musician and performer Andrew Karl:

POP: Okay, the obvious first question  is – how in the world did you go from the Dickensian style of “The Mystery Of Edwin Drood” to this? What was the seed of this idea?
Andrew Karl: We were in rehearsals for “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and the girls had to wear rehearsal bustles – these velcro straps that went around their waists and had these big bustles in the back.
(Castmates) Jesse Mueller and Betsy Wolfe and myself were joking around – about “I wanna fluff that bustle” … sort of an innuendo kind of thing – and the more we did it the more we laughed, and thought ‘wouldn’t this be a great rap?’ And it sort of sprouted from that.

I think one of the best parts is that this song and this genre couldn’t be more different than the period depicted in ‘Drood.”
That’s what’s so great! It’s extremely different from the show. We were saying ‘we wanna ba a gangsta rap, but Victorian style – blending those two worlds together.’ I have never seen that done before. So we blended those two worlds. But what DOES happen to be the same are these great actors who are just camping it up and having a really good time. If you watch the video, you get a sense of our personalities onstage. No, we don’t do rock and hip hop, but there’s this sort of free spirited good time we’re having together and the show really mirrors that as well. I think that’s why everyone was on board from the producers to the press reps for the show.
Lots of people make viral videos, but few have access to all the talent and creativity that the people behind a broadway show do…did that make this easier – or at least faster? 
Yes! I think I created something that everyone really liked and wanted to have fun with – it was very easy to do – we shot it very quickly and we all just had a great time. We got this thing shot in four hours. It was something we all got on board with… we’ve got the same attitude about getting things done together onstage… Right when it started, I knew I had access to all these outstanding entertainers.  There’s just so many triple threats I’m working with – I asked one girl to choreograph something and she did it just like that! And I asked another guy if he could do a costume of Scrooge an Bob Cratchit, and he just did it – it was hilarious! I knew I could depend on these people because A) I work with them and B) we all have that Broadway mentality of having to put a show on with creative minds and no budget – that’s part of who what we do. We’ve all been there.

Did you write the lyrics? Who wrote the music?
I’m a music writer – I did it all… I have a lot of music in my soul and I do a lot of musical theater. But really, it sort of wrote itself. I wrote the lyrics in like a week and just took a while to get it on film.
(LEFT: Andrew Karl is full ‘Bustle Fluffah’ mode.)
I knew exactly the style I wanted… I knew what I wanted it to be. The ‘bustle fluffer’ has to be that sort of low down rap with a sort of swagger to it. It fulfilled its needs! I’m very proud of it.
Were you nervous at all about the reaction from people?
I think I sort of always think – if I don’t really scare myself a little bit then I;m not doing a good job. Because I feel like I want to have people at least interested. Yes, there may be a few people not getting it, but I chalk it up to people not having a sense of humor. I watch all the Andy Samberg videos on SNL, and he does a great job and I think we have a similar way of looking at things.
Have you gotten any interesting feedback?
I haven’t heard from the President yet  but I am waiting for his call. (he laughs.)
I showed it to a lot of people I’ve worked with, like Joe Mantello – he just loves it. The people I work with, they all have a sense of humor. Everyone needs to laugh and I think that’s what I’m put on this earth to do. I have a great time putting these things together.
Recently ‘Anything Goes’ had success when they launched their viral video. Is the tone of Broadway changing – are the rules evolving in how you promote a show? Is Broadway using a more modern approach?
I think so – I think it’s in part the actors who have grown up and been online too. I think I was there when the first Broadway chat room came up on my laptop! I don’t even remember what kind of laptop I had.
Broadway is a passion and a dedication and people spend a lot of time trying to get things up and going but we also have to understand that the internet is a tool to make that happen. I don’t think the internet ever hurts or helps a show. I thinks it’s just the same as people calling a friend or writing a review. I think it s great tool of communication and that’s how I choose to think about it.

Is there a benefit to the performers themselves as well as the show?
For me, it exposes my sense of humor and my music to an audience that may have never seen it. The performers get to show their sense of humor and talent. These are really talented people who can do other things than walk on stage and say a line and walk offstage. We all have a great sense of camaraderie and humor and that’s part of our how our show works.
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Celebrate The Last Day Of Pride Month With Megan Hilty’s Beautiful Rendition Of ‘The Rainbow Connection’

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🎶For all the lovers, the dreamers and LBGT.🎶

With only a few hours left to celebrate the magic of Pride month, the LBGTQ+ heavens opened up and sent down one more gift. Megan Hilty.

The Smash star gave a special Pride performance of the appropriately-themed classic “The Rainbow Connection” for ABC’s LA! Pride and of course she crushed it. The song was first sung by Kermit the Frog in the 1979 film The Muppet Movie and shares a message of hope and inspiration which obviously resonates strongly with the LBGTQ+ community. The only way Hilty’s rendition would be better is if she was covered in Muppet fur honestly.

The Broadway belter captioned the post with a sweet sentiment which read “Happy #pride🌈 kids! It doesn’t end today. Be proud of who you are every day of the year, and find your rainbow connection. 💕✨” And she’s right, every day should be filled with Pride!

Check out the moving performance below and Happy Pride y’all!

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The Trailer For ‘Hamilton’ On Disney+ Just Dropped And Honestly July Can’t Come Soon Enough

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Unlike Aaron Burr, I can’t “wait for it.”

It’s a pretty tough time for Broadway lovers right now. The coronavirus pandemic has left the fate of our beloved Great White Way uncertain and there is no definitive word on when theaters will reopen. Just when things were looking their bleakest, however, Lin-Manuel Miranda rode in on his metaphorical horse…although I’m sure he could have a real horse if he wanted to, he’s very rich…and shared some good news that reignited hope for all us theater lovers. On July 3rd, the mega-hit musical; Hamilton will be available for streaming on Disney+.

The musical was filmed with the original Broadway cast at the Richard Rodgers Theater back in June of 2016. The filmed live production was meant to hit theaters on October 15th but with the fate of movie theaters also unknown, it was decided to shift the show to a streaming platform. In the film, there is creator Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Jonathan Groff as King George, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds, Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison and Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton.

Disney+ dropped the trailer for the streamable version and suddenly I feel “helpless” that July 3rd is still a few weeks away.  The musical is obviously amazing but judging from the trailer, the directing and the editing of this film are really going to help make this feel like we are sitting front row center to this production.

Check out trailer below!

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Idina Menzel And Megan Hilty Sing ‘For Good’ For The Class Of 2020 And It’s Obviously Super Good

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Safe to say 2020 has changed pretty much everything for good…

Remember when an acne flare up was the biggest concern of your senior year? Unfortunately the class of 2020 didn’t have the luxury of such a menial fear but instead had to worry about an unprecedented pandemic sweeping the globe and figuring out a way to virtually finish their final days of the school year. Well, when the world is spiraling out of control there is always one thing that I turn to for comfort, a green witch and her snarky blond counterpart. Maybe that’s too specific. But I think we can all agree that watching Idina Menzel and Megan Hilty sing “For Good” from the hit Broadway musical Wicked has enough power to make anyone feel magically better.

In a post on social media Hilty, who played Glinda the Good Witch from 2005-2006, shared the performance which begins with a message that reads

“To the class of 2020; Over the last few years you have made friends and memories that have changed you for the better. We now hope you go out there and change the world for good. This is for you.”

This song choice is poignant for the graduates who may not have even had the chance to say goodbye to their fellow classmates before parting ways in different directions. In the musical Glinda and Elphaba, the role Menzel originated, sing this duet when they finally realize that although they must continue on different paths, their friendship has left them changed for the better. And it gets me every time!

Check out the moving performance below, and congrats to the graduates who made it through such a difficult senior year!

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