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POP INTERVIEW: Brandon Victor Dixon Heats Up Broadway in Motown: The Musical

Brandon Victor Dixon is heating up the Broadway stage. With a smooth voice, steamy good looks, sexy dance moves and style to spare, what’s not to love?

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One man is heating up the Broadway stage right now, and his name is Brandon Victor Dixon. With a smooth voice, steamy good looks, sexy dance moves and style to spare, what’s not to love? Answer: Not much. We sat down with the Tony Award, Drama Desk, and Our Critics Circle Award Nominee to chat about his most recent musical endeavor, the Tony nominated Motown: The Musical.

PGTW: How did you get started in theater? What ignited your passion your passion for the theater?

brandonBVD: I was fortunate enough to go to an elementary school that really fostered a love for the arts and recognized the importance of it when it comes to education and development. We did three musicals a year and had a music class everyday. I also took piano at school so it all really spurred a drive within me to continue to pursue this craft I was showing an aptitude for.

PGTW:  Why were you attracted to this project?

BVD: Well, Motown and its importance to the development of music, the music business, but more importantly its impact on the social fabric of the global community as a whole are all elements that I think would draw anybody to a project of almost any nature. But to be able to get in on the ground floor and develop something with a legend like Berry Gordy and with a friend and mentor like our director Charles Randolph Wright, those are the kinds of opportunities you seize.

PGTW: How did you come to be involved with Motown the Musical? Can you describe the audition process?

BVD: I didn’t audition. When Charles got the job he called me and said, “You’ll never believe who’s house I’m leaving. I land in NYC tomorrow. Meet me at Chipotle at 7pm.” We met, he told me about the project, asked me if I’d like to be involved, and then we got started.

PGTW: Can you describe what it feels like to embody Motown legend Berry Gordy every night on stage?

BVD: It’s a great joy to live in the music and the time for 2.5 hrs every night. I really enjoyed the process of building this show both with our creatives and my fellow actors and the way the audience reacts every night makes it a truly special experience every time.

PGTW: What is your favorite number in the show? Why?

BVD: My favorite number in the show is “Can I Close the Door’ because it is a song that was born out of a conversation Berry and I had 2 yrs ago about the show and what he wrote just really perfectly captures the heart of our show and the world we’re representing. It’s a truly special number.

Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonvdixon, and check out the clip from Motown below.

 

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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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