• ManCrush Monday: That time when Ricky Martin’s other half, Jwan Yosef (above), showed off his ‘baby lifting arms.’ #dang
• Gold Derby: Openly gay former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has been entered for Emmy consideration in the category of Best Comedy Guest Actor for his guest-hosting stint on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
• CNN: The body of former GLEE actress Naya Rivera, 33, who was missing since Wednesday, has been found floating in a Southern California lake. Rivera’s role on GLEE gave queer Puerto Rican representation to millions. She is the third original GLEE cast member to die. In 2013, Cory Monteith died of a drug overdose and Mark Stalling committed suicide in 2018 after being found guilty of possessing child porn.
• TheaterMania: Hamilton has become the first cast recording to reach the top two on the Billboard 200 albums chart since 1969 thanks to the musical’s premiere on Disney+. In 1969, the original cast recording of Hair spent 13 weeks in the no. 1 slot. Hamilton had previously peaked in the no. 3 position back in 2016, tying with The Book of Mormon.
• Miami Herald: Florida resident Joseph Fucheck is facing criminal charges for waving a pistol at a Black homeowner in North Miami-Dade while claiming to be a 35-year Navy SEAL veteran. Except – it was a decades-old lie perpetrated by Fucheck. The Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, which maintains paperwork for all SEALs since World War II, has no record of him.
• CBS17: An Arkansas police officer told a colleague he would ‘shoot any protesters’ who might come to his door. But Calvin Salyers, 33, has now been charged with manslaughter after shooting through his door on June 3 killing a fellow police officer who dropped by to pick up a patrol car.
• Podcast of the Day: A podcast about gay TV, Gayest Episode Ever, explores LGBT+ themed one-off episodes that classic sitcoms (like The Golden Girls, Frasier, and Cheers) would do back in the day when it was rare to see queer characters represented on broadcast television.
The podcast – hosted by Drew Mackie, a journalist, and Glen Lakin, a screenwriter – offers insight into the evolution of queer visibility, gay rights, and how culture can both affect — and BE affected by — what we see on TV.
The episode below dissects a 1977 episode of Maude when Bea Arthur’s title character argued with her neighbor Arthur over the opening of a gay bar in town.
Disney+ dropped the first trailer for the upcoming filmed version of the original cast of Broadway blockbuster, Hamilton.
Get ready to return to the room where it happened on July 3.
Shot at The Richard Rodgers Theatre in June 2016, the filmed version features the entire original Broadway cast, including Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler, Jonathan Groff as King George, and Christopher Jackson as George Washington.
Hamilton will play a three-week run, Jan. 8-27, 2019, at Teatro UPR, the theater at the University of Puerto Rico’s main campus in the Rio Piedras section of San Juan. Built in 1939, Teatro UPR is considered Puerto Rico’s most iconic stage, and recently hosted Spanish language productions of Evita, Into the Woods, Master Class, The Sound of Music and Once on This Island.
Miranda’s first musical, In the Heights, also played in Puerto Rico in 2010, with the actor-composer also reprising his role. Though a Puerto Rico run has been in the works, its announcement comes with an urgency following the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Since then, Miranda has been working solely and tirelessly on relief efforts, including releasing the all-star charity single “Almost Like Praying.”
“Bringing Hamilton: An American Musical to Puerto Rico is a dream that I’ve had since we first opened at The Public Theater in 2015,” stated Miranda. “When I last visited the island, a few weeks before Hurricane Maria, I had made a commitment to not only bring the show to Puerto Rico, but also return again to the title role. In the aftermath of Maria we decided to expedite the announcement of the project to send a bold message that Puerto Rico will recover and be back in business, stronger than ever.”
The Broadway company of Hamilton has grossed $275 million at the Richard Rodgers Theatre thus far.
The show also has companies in Chicago and Los Angeles (through December 2017), a second national tour to launch in February in Seattle, and a London company will debut next month.
Randy Rainbow turns his creative focus to Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s recent visit to the Broadway smash hit Hamilton: An American Musical, and his boss’ Twitter melt-down in the aftermath of that escapade.
As many know, Pence was booed as he entered the Richard Rodgers Theater by many members of the audience. And at the end of the curtain call, Brandon Victor Dixon – one of the stars of the show – read a message from the stage concerning the cast and creators’ concerns about the incoming administration.
Randy’s musical Trump/Pence tribute is a parody of the Hamilton tune “You’ll Be Back,” originally performed by out actor/hottie, Jonathan Groff.
Rainbow skewers both Trump and Pence for the days long fallout from the Pence pack’s night at the thea-ah-tah.
“Don’t denounce a Broadway play when you won’t denounce the KKK”
Brandon Victor Dixon, one of the stars of the blockbuster Broadway hit, Hamilton: An American Musical, sat down with CBS This Morning to discuss the brouhaha surrounding Vice President-elect Pence’s visit to the show this past weekend.
After Dixon read a message to Mr. Pence during the curtain call – addressing him as “sir,” speaking in a calm, rational voice about their anxieties and concerns for the upcoming administration – Donald Trump angrily took to his Twitter account to denounce the cast and message as ‘harassment,” and demanded an apology.
Pence, himself, said he enjoyed the show very much and doesn’t feel the need for an apology.
When asked if there would be an apology forthcoming, Dixon said, “There’s nothing to apologize for. Conversation is not harassment.”
As I wrote over the weekend, if this is what sends our president-elect into a tailspin, he may need to consider taking a moment. Theater folks reading you a message is simple stuff, Donald.
You’ve got MUCH bigger fish to fry. Like explaining the $25 million settlement you just paid out in a class action lawsuit for fraud regarding the now-defunct Trump University.