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POP NEWS: Star Of ‘The Greatest Showman’ Keala Settle Revealed She Had A Stroke One Week Before Her Oscar Performance

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You would never know judging by her great 2018 Oscar performance but The Greatest Showman star, Keala Settle, revealed she suffered from a stroke just one week before the “biggest performance” of her life.

The Tony Award nominated, Broadway star opened up to People about the horrific ordeal that occurred just one week before she was to perform the Oscar-nominated hit, “This Is Me.” Settle suffered from a transient ischemic attack (TIA), which can produce similar symptoms to that of a stroke. Thankfully, the singer’s physical faculties returned to normal after about twenty minutes.

“It was like someone cracked an egg on the top of my head and then drew a line on my body, turning one half off. My body started drooping immediately. I tried to put my hands up to my face, but I could only move my left arm. I couldn’t talk because part of my tongue was immobile. I tried to stand, but there was nothing. I was panicked. I let out this wail because I was so scared and the room went silent. All I could figure out how to say was ‘Help.’ It could have happened at any time. It just so happened to happen a week before the biggest performance of my life.”

From the TIA, doctors actually discovered that Settle suffers from a condition called Moyamoya disease. The disease creates tiny blood vessels in the brain to compensate for the collated carotiod arteries that can stop oxygen from reaching the brain. Settle noted that the disease is common in Pacific Islander women. On why she chose to perform at the Oscar’s and delay surgery she said:

“I’m used to working in the theater and the show must go on.”

To relive the miraculous performance that almost didn’t happen, click 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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