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B’WAY BUZZ: Darren Criss Puts The Fine In ‘One Fine Day’ With New Music Video

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When I woke up this morning I thought today would be a fine day. It’s a bit gray here in NYC and there’s a breeze in the air that suggests summer is quickly escaping. So you can imagine my unexpected glee when I stumbled across Darren Criss’ tweet debuting his rendition of “One Fine Day.”I had no idea today would be this fine.

Criss launched onto the scene when he first appeared in the second season of the hit musical show Glee back in 2010. After two successful stints on Broadway, it was clear that the triple threat had roots that ran deep into musical theater. So deep in fact, that Criss produced a day-long, musical theater festival entitled Elsiefest back in 2015. The festival is reaching it’s fourth anniversary, and to promote the theatrical extravaganza Criss released his rendition of “One Fine Day.” In the release statement, Criss mentions that Carole King’s songs were bonafide hits in their own right but since her life story has been playing out on Broadway in the show Beautiful, her songs are now forever intertwined with the Great White Way.

The rendition of the song delivered to us in that smooth and plucky sound that Criss is known for. He, of course, looks dreamy in the sun soaked music video and proves why a day long, musical theater festival is needed. Speaking of which, some of the acts for this years festival include heavy hitters such as Sutton Foster, Alex Newell, Jodi Benson and Grant Gustin. I can attest to the fun that is had at these festivals so trust when I say that this lineup makes for a great one!

Elsiefest is on October 7th in Central Park here in NYC. To get your tickets, click here!

Click below to see Darren Criss singing “One Fine Day”!

 

 

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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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