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B’WAY BUZZ: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Latest #Hamildrop Brings The Best Kind Of ‘Burn’

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As a chubby, helmet haired, gapped tooth, elementary school student I felt an odd, yet special, connection to the Spice Girls. Every time I saw those 5 ladies up on a stage, in their coordinating outfits, singing about girl power, I felt as if I were part of a movement. Now you are probably thinking “what the heck do the Spice Girls and Hamilton have in common?!” To which I say, never interrupt me…Where was I?

Creative superstar, Lin-Manuel Miranda released this month’s #Hamildrop earlier today and it is fire. “First Burn” is the original draft of the song “Burn” which Miranda wrote for the mega Broadway hit, Hamilton. Imagine how thrilled my inner fourth grader was when he discovered that Miranda chose to release this song with 5 different Eliza’s at the mic. My affinity for 5 powerful women dropping some strong lyrics lives on! The 5 Eliza’s to cover this number are Arianna Afsar, Julia Harriman, Lexi Lawson, Rachelle Ann Go, and Shoba Narayan. In regards to this version Miranda tweeted “I wrote the FIRST draft of Burn in 2014. It’s different, but it’s a mood.” Well I can assure you that different is GOOD!

Every month Miranda releases new Hamilton-related content as a part of his #Hamildrop series. For last month’s drop, click here. For next month’s, stay tuned! In the meantime, check out the official video for the amazing “First Burn” below!

 

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B’WAY BUZZ: Ben Platt’s Diverse Music Video For ‘Temporary Love’ Will Bring You To Tears

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The tears streaming down my face certainly don’t feel temporary! Broadway and film star, Ben Platt, just released a music video for his latest single, “Temporary Love,” and it is the true definition of #feelgoodFriday. Not only is the song a beautiful one, the video has caused several coworkers of mine to ask if I’m alright because I have been staring at my computer teary eyed for what it is certainly too long for any workplace.

“Temporary Love” is the fourth single from the Dear Evan Hansen star’s debut album, Sing To Me Instead. The music video, directed by Nick Lieberman, features various, romantic couples of all ages, races and orientations. The powerful imagery and the song’s message combined with Platt’s velvety smooth voice is enough to tug at anyone’s heart strings.

Sing To Me Instead will be released on March 29th and will feature previous singles “Grow As We Go,” “Bad Habit” and “Ease My Mind.” Click below to watch the beautiful music video!

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B’WAY BUZZ: Jeremy Jordan And Laura Osnes Team Up In “The Next Ten Minutes Ago” To Create A Mashup That Will Restore Your Faith In Love

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Who could have thought pairing one of Broadway’s hottest heartthrob’s with a literal Princess would create the romantic mashup to end all romantic mashups? I could. It’s really kind of obvious, you guys.

The web series R&H Goes Pop! releases music videos featuring contemporary twists on classic Rodgers & Hammerstein songs. For this installment, Broadway stars Jeremy Jordan and Laura Osnes combined their beautiful talents to perform a mashup of “Ten Minutes Ago” from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and “The Next Ten Minutes” from Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years. Jeremy starred in the film version of the Jason Robert Brown favorite and Laura Osnes was Cinder-freaking-ella on Broadway!

The mashup is beautiful and I suggest you warn your cubicle neighbor…they may hear sniffle halfway through. Click below to hear two of Broadway’s finest!

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B’WAY BUZZ: Ashley Parker Angel, Kyle Dean Massey And Other ‘Wicked’ Alum Give ‘What Is This Feeling?’ The Boy Band Treatment

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The hit musical Wicked could only be improved with the addition of one thing…a boy band. You thought I was going to say jazz hands didn’t you?

The #OutOfOz series offers new renditions of the music written by Stephen Schwartz for the hit Broadway musical. Since the inception of the series we have seen big names like Jennifer Nettles, Aaron Tveit and original witches, Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, add new twists to the popular songs. In the latest installment, several Wicked alum band together…pun definitely intended…to give “What Is This Feeling?” a boy-band-pop spin. Ashley Parker Angel dug deep into his O-Town past to nail the synched choreo and lead the boys through the charming music video. Kyle Dean Massey, Jeff Heimbrock, Daniel Quadrino and Jeremy Thompson round out the Broadway boy band and create an image for a poster I would so totally hang above my bed.

Check out the fun rendition of the Wicked hit below!

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