Sunday evening’s Tony Awards walked a very difficult line between celebrating a banner year on Broadway and mourning the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The shooting at a gay Orlando nightclub hit the musical theater world particularly hard since the stage has a lengthy history of being a place of safety for the LGBT community. Or, as Hamilton mastermind Lin Manuel-Miranda put it at the show, the LGBT community is “the cornerstone of our industry.”
But host James Corden navigated the balance nimbly, and the evening managed a few moments of power remembrance and took time for celebration. On the heels of the #OscarsSoWhite dumpster fire, black actors swept all four major acting awards.Via Variety:
“Three of those awards went to Broadway hit ‘Hamilton,’ which has been heralded specifically for its diverse cast: Leslie Odom, Jr. (lead actor), Daveed Diggs (featured actor) and Renee Elise Goldsberry (featured actress) took home the prizes. ‘The Color Purple‘ broke ‘Hamilton’s’ streak by winning Cynthia Erivo lead actress, but the fact remains: the 70th edition of Broadway’s biggest night made history.”
Diversity wasn’t the only area in which the Tonys outperformed the Oscars. Once again, the Tony Awards proved that nobody knows how to put on a live show like Broadway, and Corden’s opening act was as thrilling and unexpected as the Oscars’ are predictable and staid. Check it out below.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
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Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
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Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.