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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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The ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Cast Performed From Home And It’s Exactly What We Need Right Now

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Sometimes you just need a good quarantine cry.

Last night James Corden wrapped up the #HomeFest version of his show, The Late Late Show, with an emotional monologue. He discussed the range of emotions he has felt during these unprecedented times. He also reminded viewers just how important it is to be there for one another even if we can’t physically be close to our loved ones right now. It’s hard not to get a little misty eyed hearing the comforting words of the talk show host. That mist quickly turns into a downpour, however, as Corden shares that the hope-filled song “You Will Be Found” from the hit Broadway musical, Dear Evan Hansen, perfectly conveys the message he would like to spread. And with that, Corden introduces a very special home version of the song performed by o.g. Evan Hansen, Ben Platt, along with the current Broadway company and national touring company of the show.

Paper products are in short supply so instead of having tissues handy, just let those tears fall and enjoy the emotional performance below!

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Family Shares Just How Miserable They’ve Been With A Hilarious Quarantine Rendition Of ‘One Day More’

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Safe to say this quarantine has us all feeling a little misérables.

As parts of the world remain shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is growing increasingly challenging to keep entertained. I imagine it’d be even harder to keep children occupied when they can’t attend school, after school activities, see friends or family members etc. One family channeled their isolation frustrations into an updated version of the song “One Day More” from the popular musical hit, Les Misérables and trust me this remix is all that and a loaf of bread.

Ben Marsh shared the video of him and his family performing the Broadway classic on Facebook with hopes of cheering up some of his friends. The updated lyrics are hilariously relatable. At one point the kids sing “Our grandparents are miles away / They can’t work Skype! We’re brokenhearted.” Ben also takes to the mic expressing his almost potty-mouthed grief about home schooling, “One more day’s home education / Let’s just let them run amuck / We’re not ready for these schoolboys / cos’ they just don’t give a f-.”

Aside from the lyrics, the best part of the video is the first few seconds that show what quarantine life with small children is really like. Before harmoniously singing together, the children hit one another and bicker about nonsense which just adds to the humor of it all. On Ben’s post he writes “Decided to include a bit of the intro so that you can see what kind of madness Danielle Marsh and I would be dealing with, if we didn’t occupy them with music making.” Luckily it seems music making really does keep the kids at bay!

Don’t wait one minute more and check out the hilarious video below!

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Broadway Stars Are Fundraising With A Hand Washing Challenge

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Turns out jazz hands are the second most impressive thing broadway performers can do with their digits.

Last week it was announced that all Broadway shows will be closed until at least April 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While it certainly is unsettling to see New York City’s symbol of resilience go dark, the broadway community has banned together to raise hope once again. Many of Broadway’s finest have taken part in the viral #BWayHandWashChallenge, a challenge aimed at raising funds for members of the Broadway community who will need financial assistance while not working.

The #BWayHandWashChallenge, initiated by Theater Mania, calls for Broadway stars to choose a theater charity and then sing a show tune for twenty seconds while washing their hands. Twenty seconds is the recommended amount of time to wash your hands according to the CDC. No word yet on how much time they think is appropriate for belting Broadway show tunes but according to my roommates, hearing me sing “Don’t Rain On My Parade” four times during one shower is more than enough. Many of the performers taking part in the challenge are asking fans to support the Actors Fund, which is an organization that provides performers with emergency financial assistance, health care, affordable housing and more. Since its formation in 1882, the organization has proven to be essential for performers who are living through dire situations like they are now.

Take a look at some of the big Broadway stars taking part of this amazing challenge!

Stephanie J. Block

 

James M. Iglehart

 

Bonnie Milligan

Telly Leung

Lesli Margherita

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