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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.

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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?

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A Musical About The Life Of Rock N’ Roll Legend Ritchie Valens Is Reportedly Being Developed For Broadway

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A Musical About The Life Of Rock N’ Roll Legend Ritchie Valens Is Reportedly Being Developed For Broadway

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It’s been more than 60 years since Rock N’ Roll legend Ritchie Valens tragically passed away but his legacy is still relevant today more than ever. That’s why a new stage musical about the rock pioneer is in the works, according to Deadline. The show, titled “Come On, Let’s Go,” a reference to his 1958 hit single, will be produced by Brad Garfield, while the play will be written by Richard Montoya. Los Lobos’ Louie Perez and David Hidalgo will be behind the original music and the show will be directed by Tony Taccone (Latin History for Morons).

The plan is to develop the production in southern California next year and hopefully bring the show to Broadway after that. It will focus on the life of Valens growing in the San Fernando Valley and his quick rise to Rock N’ Roll fame. This will be the first big project focusing on the life of Valens since the 1987 biopic “La Bamba.” Garfield has the backing of the Valens family and says the production is a tribute to his iconic role in music history. 

“We are excited to create an original rock musical–a rockumentary that needs to be told about a legendary pioneer…With 100 percent support from Ritchie’s three siblings who are still alive, our award-winning team is filled with desire, passion, and responsibility on keeping Ritchie’s true legacy alive,” Garfield said in a press release.

Ritchie Valens is not only an icon in Rock N’ Roll but a pioneer in the Chicano rock movement. 

The late Mexican-American star is beloved by countless Latinos who grew up playing his music and wanted to be just like him. To understand the importance of Ritchie Valens, you have to start with his upbringing in Pacoima, California where he grew up in a working-class Latino household. By the age of 17, Valens, a self-taught musician, was already a star in the San Fernando Valley playing local gigs. After meeting Bob Keane, the owner of the record label Del-Fi Records, an incredible recording career that lasted only eight months would ensue. 

It was instant stardom for Valens when his hit single “La Bamba,” which Valens adapted from a Mexican folk song, shot to the top of the music charts. With his fusion of guitar and vocals, Valens made the song his own and had a crossover hit that made him beloved in many Latino circles that never heard a Spanish-speaking rock star before. 

Just as his fame was rising, tragedy struck on February 3, 1959, a day described as the “Day the Music Died.” Valens, along with other hit rock & roll stars, J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and Buddy Holly, died in a unfortunate plane crash. The tragic event would leave a gaping hole in the Rock N’ Roll industry that would be felt for decades. 

Ritchie Valens was just 17 years old at the time of his death. His song “Dona” would eventually peak at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 after his death. Valens was posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

The upcoming production is a long time coming and is a well-deserved tribute to one of Rock N’ Roll’s biggest icons.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Garfield, who plans to include never-before-heard music from Valens in the play, says that he wants to tell a new story about Valens that audiences might not be aware of. He says that most people connect Valens’s story with that of the 1987 film but instead, he wants the production to show who the Rock legend really was and his ensuing impact. 

“‘La Bamba’ was a great commercial success, but Ritchie wasn’t ‘La Bamba’ and ‘La Bamba’ wasn’t Ritchie,” Garfield said. “Ritchie’s music was diverse. It’s an exciting blend of true rock & roll.” 

Garfield hopes a whole new generation will get to learn and love Valens and his incredible rise to fame that left the world wanting more. With a musical, that will include songs that influenced Ritchie himself, fans should be in for an amazing show that will only serve as another reminder of his legacy. 

“Ritchie lived the American Dream, which wasn’t an easy task for a Chicano in the late 1950s and, as we see in our world today, these difficulties and prejudices that Ritchie faced are still a reality in 2019. Ritchie was a pioneer, and he had an original sound that truly opened the door to Latin rock & roll,” Garfield said. “His journey is a journey that needs to be told in a documentary-type of way through his music and new music by no other than Louie Perez and David Hildalgo of Los Lobos. They encompass the true meaning  and understanding of who Ritchie was.”

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