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POP REVIEW: ‘The Prom’ Comes To Broadway At Exactly The Right Time

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Prom night is different for everyone. For some, prom is the highlight of their high school experience. For others, it is a night where you get mistaken for the bouncer because you thought it’d be best to wear all black despite being shaped like a line backer…I’ve heard…No matter what your prom was like though I can assure you that The Prom on Broadway is a guaranteed great time you’ll never want to forget.

The hit, new musical follows the story of Emma who lives and attends high school in a small town in Indiana. After discovering that Emma wants to bring her girlfriend to the prom, the PTA swiftly cancels the prom entirely. News of the discrimination explodes on social media and catches the attention of four Broadway actors who are in dire need of some good publicity to help reinvigorate their careers. With their publicist in tow, the fabulous foursome head to Indiana to defend Emma and ultimately get their name in the press. I won’t spoil the rest but needless to say there are lessons to be learned for all parties involved.

I was lucky enough to see the show earlier this week and I have to say I haven’t been this happy about a high school prom since…well ever. The Prom is a toe tapping good time filled with big production numbers and even bigger laughs. Here are the top three reasons I think this show is a must see:

The cast

The Prom has so much star power it’ll make your head spin right off its Fosse neck. The fierce foursome that head to Indiana are Broadway veterans Brooks Ashmanskas (Barry Glickman), Beth Leavel (Dee Dee Allen), Christopher Sieber (Trent Oliver) and Angie Schworer (Angie). Each one of these stars have a moment…or moments rather…that showcase their talents so perfectly. Brooks has his banter. Beth has her belting. Christopher has his charms. And Angie has her zazz (insert jazz hand here). Adding to an already captivating cast is Emma played by Caitlyn Kinnunen, who adds such purity to her teenaged role. There is not one “star of the show” with this one. The entire cast works together beautifully to capture the audience.

The laughs

A musical about a discriminated, teenaged lesbian might not sound like a rip roaring good time but that is the brilliance behind this show. Sure the very serious topics of homophobia, discrimination and apathy are covered but the audience never feels burdened because there is always another big laugh right around the corner. The real world is terrifying right now but The Prom uses humor to remind audiences that a smile is always just moments away.

The timeliness

It’s hard to believe that in 2018 there are still “firsts” being accomplished. Well, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade featured it’s first same-sex kiss in history when the cast of The Prom performed “Time To Dance” during it’s first hour. While this is a major milestone for the LBGTQ community, I’m surprised that the kiss has taken this long. Because of this, The Prom is more relevant than ever. In the current political climate the rights of the LBGTQ community are no longer guaranteed. While the show might just be about a prom in a small town of Indiana, the message of acceptance it delivers rings loud and clear throughout our entire nation.

For more information on The Prom click here! And for even more snippets from the show click on the video below. “Life’s no dress rehearsal” so act fast and see the show that is literally on everyone’s lips!

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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.

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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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