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They said "We can do it during your hiatus," so I could've done it a couple years back, but it literally would have been rehearsing during the season and going all the way until we start the show, and I needed a little rest. So I said "If you'll wait, I'll do it." And they said "No, we can't do that." And then they said "We will wait" and so here we are. It's a nice next step after the TV show.
Leslie Odom Jr: I went from Community Theater to Broadway. I'm seventeen years old and I'm in New York and it was rude awakening. It was a lot about the backstage stuff — the business of show. I had no idea.
Lin-Manuel Miranda: And you can't know until you're in it.
Leslie Odom Jr.: You can't know. And there was the heartbreak part of it for sure. Like, Ouch, so you mean the whole cast doesn't go to IHOP every day after the show?
I really try to get into the mental space of how the man thinks…And also, I decided not to bind because it would make me so aware of my chest. So instead, I'm more conscious about this weird thing I have in my pants. But that helps because your mind just goes directly to where it should go. It's a really weird thing. I kind of figured out why men think about sex all the time. It's because it's constantly rubbing around in their pants, just like, when they walk around. It was like an ah-ha moment, and I was like Oh my god! That makes sense! I would too!
In another sense, it's in some ways, the closest to myself I've played, just because I'm playing a naturalistic character. I'm not playing Karen Walker, or, you know, Tammy 2, or some crazy nut job. I'm playing a relatively normal woman. So that's a departure for me. Gosh, I feel like I've learned so much about…I hate to say this, but [near whisper] about acting. It's a humiliating sentence to have to utter.
People know that theater is really way more special than movies or any form of technological art because it's human beings in a room telling each other stories. It's a very ancient feeling and it's very special. Film is only made once. You make a film and it's going to be that way for the rest of time. The play changes and moves and that's the exciting thing. That's why theater really is rather more important than any other art form I think. It happens right there in front of your eyes.
Broadway stars like to take iPhone photos as much as normal people do. But what happens when their photo-taking is caught by a professional photographer? Check it two examples below:
The cast of the beloved but short-lived Broadway musical The Bridges of Madison County celebrated the release of its cast album with a CD signing at Barnes and Noble on May 23. Stars Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale took the stage to perform the romantic Jason Robert Brown song "Falling Into You." Check it out below.
- Kelli O'Hara
- Neil Patrick Harris
- Lin-Manuel Miranda
- Roger Rees
- Danny Burstein
- Megan Mullally
- Hedwig and the Angry Inch
- The Bridges of Madison County
- Steven Pasquale
- James Monroe Iglehart
- Lena Hall
- Leslie Odom Jr
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