Lessons of the Week! Daveed Diggs, Broadway Babies & More

first_img Happy Friday/Bea Arthur’s Birthday! Before you go off to celebrate with the requisite viewing of Bea singing ”Don’t Rain on My Parade,” let’s catch up in the form of the Lessons of the Week. A lot’s happened in the past seven days, from the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards (that, yes, still feel good on your butt!) to a heavy metal bread-stealing convict. Learn all about both (and more) below. Daveed Also Has a Broadway BoyfriendThere’s a lot of love at Hamilton, and a good amount comes from Daveed Diggs. The Tony nominee and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner recently did a whole media blitz around town and claimed fellow nominees and co-stars Jonathan Groff and Christopher Jackson as his imaginary boyfriend and “pop.” Suddenly our affection for our Broadway boyfriend and Mama Broadway seem normal. Tuck’s Ready to Take the RoadWe already know what musical-themed restaurants you’d frequent, but food trucks are hot right now. The She Loves Me truck serves ice cream; the Waitress truck offers up pies; the Tuck Everlasting truck that Michael Park pitched to us this week would serve miracle water. Perhaps they can call it the Truck Everlasting. And with those #TuckBoys, we don’t think they’d have any problem quenching thirst. Borle’s Resume’s Full of Pure ImaginationThere’s cloning in Star Wars, right? Because Christian Borle seems to have mastered it. The Something Rotten! Tony winner has already been tapped to lead the upcoming revival of Falsettos, and now he’s adding Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to this list as he takes on the role of Willy Wonka. Wow, it really is hard to be the bard, if only for all just running around. Massell Was In the Room Where…YeahSamantha Massell knows a thing or two about how smooth Lin’s trophies are since she once interned for the Tony winner. The Fiddler star’s duties (in addition to making sure that BACA was smooth for optimal butt rubbing) included playing Guitar Hero and ordering pizza. Wait, this sounds less like an intern and more like a bro. A bro with a beautiful head voice. Nothing wrong with that. Savion Glover Is Ready to Shuffle BackIt’s a good time to be in Shuffle Along, and not just because of the 10 Tony nods. The cast can now perform the show without fear of being locked in a closet by Savion Glover. After vaguely threatening to do just that, it was announced that the Tony-winning choreographer will step into the musical. All it takes is some perseverance…and telling Broadway.com what you really, really want. Right, Norm? Everything’s Coming Up BabiesHold up, Michael Park. We think there might be something in that water. Earlier this week, we learned that Shuffle Along headliner Audra McDonald and offstage leading man Will Swenson are expecting a child. The next day, we got the news that Annaleigh Ashford and Joe Tapper have a son on the way. Is it OK if we send a few of these to Eggfartopia and whatever magical land Annaleigh and Joe live in? The BACAs Feel Good All OverYears ago, we learned Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards feel good of your butt, thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda and Susan Blackwell. However, that’s not the only place they feel good. At this year’s party, Lin’s Hamilton co-star Leslie Odom Jr. gave his trophy a rub on his head and was indeed satisfied with the outcome. Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards: Pleasing to your body since 2000! Valjean Is a Clandestine Head BangerWhen he’s getting ready to take on the role of Jean Valjean, you’d expect John Owen-Jones to catch a few minutes in silence, or warm up that classical tone, right? Not exactly. The Les Miz star can instantly turn the character on like a switch and rocks out to the likes of Iron Maiden just before stepping on stage. Does this mean if he went into School of Rock, he’d warm up with long, French soliloquies? Alex Brightman Expects More; Pays LessAnna Wintour is heading back to the Tonys to dress select nominees, but we’re thinking it’d be best to skip over Alex Brightman as she goes through the lineup. The School of Rock headliner confessed that instead of “real people clothes,” he’d much rather rock some sweatpants or sweatshorts from Target. No worries, Alex. We’ve got you covered. All we ask is that you invite us to the next Cup of Jaybe. Broadway’s Short a GrizabellaWe already have a parade of jellicles lined up to take over the Neil Simon Theatre, but with the news that Nicole Scherzinger will not be joining them this summer, Cats is short a glamour cat. You can be disappointed about it, or perhaps use this as an excuse for an epic YouTube spiral of belting felines. May we suggest this as a start? Take it away, Féline Dion! Daveed Diggs, Nicole Scherzinger, Alex Brightman, Audra McDonald, Christian Borle & Samantha Massell(Photos: Bruce Glikas, Alessandro Pinna, Joan Marcus & Caitlin McNaney) View Commentslast_img

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