Laura Benanti Misses Out, Christopher Jackson Is Zen & More Lessons of the Week

first_imgThe excitement never stops on the Great White Way, from Hedwig bidding auf Wiedersehen to a U.K. Elphaba riding her broom across the pond. Before you head off to whatever your big weekend plans might be, we’re here to school you. Ladies and gentlemen, whether you like it or not, Lessons of the Week!Laura Benanti’s Missing F*cking #LiveatFive(Almost) every day at (more or less) 5 PM, the staff brings you #LiveatFive on the live-streaming app Periscope. On exciting days, we discuss what’s going on on the Broadway. On slow news days, we, uh, eat Chipotle and talk about Aaron Tveit. But it seems Tony-winning Twitter guru Laura Benanti hasn’t gotten the memo. Giving you major side-eye, Laura. And we learned from the master.Christopher Jackson Stays CenteredAh, the power of meditation. Nothing relieves stress like thinking of nothing while maintaining a neutral position. Behold Hamilton favorite Christopher Jackson in practice as he endures the most childish, insane, weird and insulting interview on local news. We’re talking colonoial costumes, powdered wigs and the most unfortunate attempt at freestyling ever. Say it with us, Chis. Ohm!Queen Lesli Shouldn’t Reign Down UndahOur favorite/only monarch-turned-vlogger Lesli Margherita is about to leave Matilda and set sail for Dames at Sea. In her penultimate Looks Not Books episode, she proved that Australia would not be the right pick for a between-show vacay. After sampling Aussie staple vegemite, the Queen did everything short of projectile vomiting in the men’s dressing room, which would officially be the worst parting gift in Broadway history.Daphne Bakes the Worst Pies in New YorkAttend the tale of Mimi Todd. Her pants were blue and her candle flawed. Daphne Rubin-Vega, Rent’s original feline of Avenue B, is heading to Labyrinth Theater Company’s Empanada Loca, a one-woman show inspired by the legend of Sweeney Todd. It’s about a drug dealer/masseuse who resides in the subway tunnels of New York. What happens next? Sir, times is hard. Times is hard.The Jacobses Will Be 1 Though They’re 2Broadway siblings Adam and Arielle Jacobs are rocking magic carpets and jeweled shoes, respectively, in Aladdin and Wicked on the Great White Way, but there’s another (slightly freakier) show they want to take on together. The duo revealed that if/when they headline a 54 Below act, they’d have to perform Side Show anthem “I Will Never Leave You.” Screw 54 Below. Is it too soon for another Side Show revival?Rory O’Malley Moonlights as an AgentHe may have earned a Tony nom for his performance as Elder McKinley in The Book of Mormon, but Rory O’Malley’s talents extend far beyond the stage. Fresh face Grey Henson, who currently plays McKinley in the hit, revealed that he got the part after O’Malley, a fellow Carnegie Mellon alum, recommended him to a casting director. Hey Rory, do you mind if we slip you some resumes? We have a great idea for a Side Show revival.eHarmony’s Buzzing with Tony WinnerseHarmony claims to match (straight) couples on 29 “Dimensions of Compatibility,” and apparently, the ability to win awards for singing your face off is one of them. Victoria Clark recently married Thomas Reidy, whom she had met on the dating site. At the celebration was her Sister Act co-star Patina Miller, who also met her husband on eHarmony. Hey, Liza! We have 29 questions for you.Heidi’s the Peanut Butter to Our ChocolateMaybe we don’t need eHarmony after all! On the latest Renaissance Woman, Heidi Blickenstaff twice confessed her love for the holy matrimony that is chocolate and peanut butter. Are you trying to tell us something, HBlix? Have you been catching our incessant hints? Why don’t you stop by? We have plenty of books and wine. And most importantly, people send us Reese’s.Broadway Is the New Sin CityIn a push to cater to all types of audiences, the Great White Way is starting to feel a little Vegas-y. Penn & Teller just ended their stint at the Marquis Theatre. The Illusionists are reappearing this fall. Cirque du Soleil is taking up residency at the Lyric, starting with next summer’s Paramour. Say what you want about the commercialization of Broadway; we can’t wait for Wicked to install those Elphaba and Glinda-themed slot machines in the lobby. Jackpot? Needs a Time TurnerRemind us not to schedule any eHarmony dates for September 27. First, there’s the Broadway Flea Market, then there’s Elsie Fest with Darren Criss, Aaron Tveit, Laura Osnes, Lea Salonga and more. Then, after a nap, we’ll be at the opening night of Spring Awakening. We have just over a month to figure out how to lead parallel lives a la Liz/Beth to make this work. Does anyone have a cardigan we can borrow? View Comments Laura Benanti Star Files Christopher Jacksonlast_img

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