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Mj Rodriguez Sang ‘Suddenly Seymour’ And The Video Is Getting A Lot Of Love

Mj Rodriguez is one of the biggest names in television right now. The trans actress is the lead of the groundbreaking show “Pose” that is all about LGBTQ+ people of color in the late ’80s and early ’90s of New York City. The African-American and Puerto Rican actress is once again showing her impressive entertainment skills on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”

Mj Rodriguez and George Salazar are currently in a production of “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Pasadena Playhouse.

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It is perfect for the spooky season we have all been waiting for. If you’ve never seen “Little Shop of Horrors,” do it now. You won’t regret it.

Salazar tweeted to celebrate the moment that he and Rodriguez broke another barrier for LGBTQ+ people of color.

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“Little Shop of Horrors” is a cult classic that has kept audiences inspired and entertained for decades. Seeing a gay Asian-Latino man and a trans Black-Latina woman take the lead roles is another step forward for queer people of color.

Salazar continued his tweet by highlighting the importance of brown, queer people getting a chance to shine on a national stage.

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It is no question that the representation of queer people and people-of-color is scarce in entertainment. However, seeing Rodriguez and Salazar take one such an iconic show and do it wonderfully is something people can look up to.

While the crucial representation is lagging in Hollywood, audiences are ready to support more and more diverse projects. The annual UCLA Hollywood representation study showed that films that had 31 percent to 40 percent of minority representation garnered the biggest global box office successes.

Fans of the original show are giving the rendition so much love.

The show is playing at the Pasadena Playhouse from Sept. 17 until Oct. 20. It is safe to say that people are starting to buy up the tickets after their appearance on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”

Fans of the two performers are thanking them on social media for the importance of their performance.

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It is a very important thing for children to see themselves represented. By seeing themselves represented in major productions, other queer children of color can reach for the stars and will see their future opening up in front of them. It offers a community often ignored role models to know that they can do anything.

People who have seen the performance are admitting that they are being moved to tears.

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The duo really made an impression on audience members. Their performance is one that brings chills to your body. Rodriguez shines as she sings her heart out and will leave you speechless.

So, who’s going to take my money and give me tickets for this show?

From the clip, it seems like this is a show worth watching. Who doesn’t want to experience some theatre history?

You can watch the full video below.

What a beautiful rendition of a timeless classic.

READ: MJ Rodriguez Is The Newest Hollywood Sensation And Her Star Is Just Starting To Rise

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Netflix’s ‘Disclosure’ Gets Honest About The Evolution Of Trans Representation In Media

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Netflix’s ‘Disclosure’ Gets Honest About The Evolution Of Trans Representation In Media

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Representation in media is something that is often taken for granted.

Representation in media is crucial. Seeing positive examples of yourself reflected in media is something that many people don’t have. Representation in the media does more than offer a new storyline. It validates someone else’s life experience. Showing the transgender experience is the latest big push in Hollywood for a more accurate representation of the country.

Another benefit of accurate and diverse representation in media is being able to expose people to different people. According to a study by GLAAD, 80 percent of Americans claim not to know anyone who is trans. Documentaries like “Disclosure” and shows like “Orange Is the New Black” and “Pose” break that barrier.

As discussed in the trailer, the scope of trans visibility in media has increased exponentially in recent years. The landscape of television has changed tremendously and trans people are playing trans characters to tell trans stories.

One of the most celebrated examples of trans representation in mainstream media is FX’s “Pose.” The show is an unapologetic look at the lives of trans and queer people of color in the late 1980s and early 1990s New York City. It brings ballroom culture to an audience like never before. For one of the first times in history, people watching the show can see trans people of color leading the narrative about their experiences and history.

Before now, trans and queer people had few moments of representation in media and most are in a negative light. As you hear in the documentary, many of the trans actors have played trans characters but they are usually dead or the prostitute. It is a reflection of what society sees these people as and that message is transmitted to anyone who is watching the show.

You can now stream “Disclosure” on Netflix. The documentary is sure to change the way you see trans lives and trans representation in media.

READ: ‘Pose’ Cast Calls On NAACP To Include Ways For The Organization To Guarantee That Black Trans Lives Matter

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Broadway’s ‘Frozen’ Is Getting A New Elsa And Ciara Renée Will Be Playing The Beloved Character

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Broadway’s ‘Frozen’ Is Getting A New Elsa And Ciara Renée Will Be Playing The Beloved Character

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What do Idina Menzel, Caissie Levy, and Caroline Bowman have in common? They’re all Broadway actresses that have portrayed Elsa from “Frozen.” They also happen to be all white. Well, that’s all about to change!

Afro-Latina actress Ciara Renée will be playing the role of Elsa in “Frozen” on Broadway.

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Frozen made its Broadway debut in 2018 and was played by Caissie Levy. Idina Menzel was the voice of Elsa in the animated film. Now, an Afro-Latina has scored the coveted role. 

Renée will be playing Elsa, and McKenzie Kurtz will be making her Broadway debut as Anna. Renée and McKenzie will take over the roles. Caissie Levy and Patti Murin end their run as Elsa and Anna respectively on Feb. 16. Renée was previously in the Broadway show “Big Fish” as the Witch as well as “Pippin.”

“Here it is! It’s official! I’m joining the cast of @frozenbroadway as Elsa alongside this bright new star, @mckenziekurtz! And I am incredibly grateful! This is an opportunity to expand minds, open hearts, and empower folks with the power of LOVE! I can’t wait to get started!”

While we’re still getting to know the 29-year-old, we are learning so much about this extraordinary actress who is pretty amazing at showing her biggest supporters lots of love in return.

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Renée, who is half Black and half Puerto Rican, thanked her friends, family, and supporters by giving them exact instructions on what to do when they come to see her show on Broadway. 

“I just want to extend my heartfelt gratitude for all the support and love I received yesterday. It was honestly overwhelming. Thank you, thank you,” Renée said in a video on her Insta-story. “I am so thrilled to be playing Elsa.” 

“But I wanted to set down some ground rules about people coming to see the show,” she said. “I am always so grateful when people come to see the show, people I know, people I don’t. But it isn’t my favorite thing to know when you’re coming. So, if you’re someone I know well, and we have each other’s phone number and you live in New York City, please do not tell me when you’re coming. Please come and text me at intermission or at the end of the show, which is preferred, and I will make sure to put your name on the list. I will check it right after the show.”

She also gave instructions to those she doesn’t know all that well. “If we don’t know each other well or talk super often or you’re from out of town, please do let me know when you’re coming because I want to make sure that I get to see you. For everybody else, I will 100 percent do my very best to Stage Door [where actors meet fans after the show as they exit the theater] as much as humanly possible. I know people come from all over the world to see Broadway and I want to be there as much as I can. If I am not there, please know it’s for a reason. I may not be feeling well, or something is pulling me away, I don’t know what it is, but I will always do my best to Stage Door because I love meeting you all and I am so honored that you would come to see our shows.”

We just love how precise and in control she is about meeting friends and fans. That kind of gratitude will definitely take her far in Broadway and Hollywood. 

Aside from her work on the stage, Renée has also appeared in several television shows.

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The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native and 2013 graduate of Baldwin Wallace University has appeared in Facebook Watch’s series “Strangers,” Netflix’s “Master of None,” CBS’s “Big Bang Theory,” and on the CW’s superhero series “Legends of Tomorrow,” “Arrow,” and “Flash.”

If you haven’t heard Renée’s stellar voice, here’s a clip of the actress singing Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold.”

Congrats on this new role, Ciara! We can’t wait to see her show on Broadway! Will you be going?

READ: The New Cinderella Remake Tapped Camila Cabello To Play The Princess And Billy Porter To Be The Fabulous Godmother

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