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RuPaul Is a Kinky Guru, Judith Light Is Touchy & More Lessons of the Week

RuPaul Is a Kinky Guru, Judith Light Is Touchy & More Lessons of the Week
Emily Blunt's love for Meryl Streep and Neil Patrick Harris' rivalry with Angela Lansbury made headlines this week.

The Tony Awards are here, and in the midst of making bingo cards, baking Broadway-themed treats and putting up decorations for our big party on Sunday, we had to share the 10 funniest, weirdest and just plain crazy things we learned this week. From Santino Fontana’s dog day afternoons to Gabriel Ebert’s monkey business, with no further ado, we bring you…the lessons of the week!


NPH and Angela Lansbury are Arch Rivals
Tony host Neil Patrick Harris might seem like a friendly guy, but his innocent act doesn't fool us. NPH, who is hosting the awards for the fourth time, is closing in on five-timer Angela Lansbury, who currently holds the hosting record. “It seems like I’m trying to defeat her in some way,” Harris told us, with an evil glint in his eye, before adding, “She’s like a hero of mine.” Oh yeah, Neil? Prove it. Do Lansbury's "Positive Moves" in the wings on Sunday.


Emily Blunt Longs For the Wrath of Meryl Streep
Emily Blunt is hitting the big screen as the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, and she’s absolutely thrilled to be harassed by her Devil Wears Prada co-star Meryl Streep again. “I can’t believe I’m playing in two movies with Meryl where she’s playing someone who’s horrible to me,” said Blunt. “I’m so excited!” Good for you, Emily. Oh, and Emily? Ms. Streep needs her latte. And she wants to throw her coat at you. That’s all.


Gabriel Ebert Wants to Be a Hairy Ape
Tony nominee Gabriel Ebert is already living the dream playing green-haired meanie Mr. Wormwood in Matilda, but he's got his sights set on a role that’s a bit, uh, furrier: The title character in Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape. Ebert insists he doesn’t have the burly physique for the role…yet. Better start binging on bananas, and lots of ‘em. Gabe! Gabe! Gabe! Gabe!


Wanna Get Married? Get a Tony Nomination!
In a completely unexpected co-star twist, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Tony nominees Carrie Coon and Tracy Letts are betrothed. Also wearing new diamond rings? Patina Miller of Pippin and Kinky Boots' Annaleigh Ashford, who recently got engaged (but not, uh, to each other). If the stars continue this trend, the only shows opening next season will be revivals of I Do! I Do!, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and The Wedding Singer.


Santino Fontana Has Doggie Dreams
It’s no secret Cinderella Tony nominee Santino Fontana is a friend to animals, but when he revealed that he wants to do a Freaky Friday-style swap with Sandy (played by Sunny the Dog) from Annie, we got a little weirded out. “I just wanna be petted,” he said. Sunny the Dog has not yet commented on whether or not she would like to switch places with Santino, but we bet our bottom dollar the answer is no.


Annaleigh Ashford Wants an Annie Do-Over
Meanwhile, Kinky Boots Tony nominee Annaleigh Ashford is dreaming of playing a red-headed orphan. “I would like one more crack at Annie,” she told us, and we don’t blame her. She played the title star in a “bad” community theater production as a kid, and “peed and peed and peed” her pants during the show. Poor Annaleigh. But girl, you’re in luck! You and Santino could headline your own super-odd revival of Annie in the alley behind the Hirschfeld. Break a leg!


Watch Out, Boys! Judith Light Is Handsy
Judith Light plays a Long Island matron in The Assembled Parties, but offstage…watch out! “Judith Light pinched my butt this afternoon,” A Christmas Story co-composer Benj Pasek revealed on Twitter, “and I had NO question who the boss was.” Rawr, Judith! But if you win the Tony, don't forget to thank all the butts you had to pinch to get you to where you are today.


Stephanie J. Block Doesn’t Want You to Watch This YouTube Video
Watch her defy gravity on Broadway and see her sing “Memory” at the MUNY, but Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block is begging you: don’t watch the video of her singing the Titanic anthem “My Heart Will Go On” on YouTube. She forgets all the words (except “heart,” “near” and “far”), and basically just starts "making crap up." We’ll leave the link right here. We trust you’ll have enough willpower not to click on it.


RuPaul Is a Kinky Fashion Godmother
When costume designer Gregg Barnes designed the dazzling drag duds for Kinky Boots, he had a little help from an expert: RuPaul. “I got all the seasons that existed at the time of RuPaul’s Drag Race—thank you to all of those ladies and to RuPaul,” Barnes told us. See? Those 14 consecutive hours of Drag Race we binge-watched last weekend weren’t a waste of time! We’re cultivating our budding careers as costume designers! #tonynominationplease


The Best Tony Party Is On Your Couch
Can’t convince your friends to throw a Matilda theme party? Live in the 'burbs and can’t get a ride to Radio City? No problem! You’re invited to the Broadway.com Tony bash, where you can chat with us live, get access to awesome behind-the-scenes photos, cast your vote for your favorite Tony moments and more fun surprises all night long. Come on over to Broadway.com at 6PM EST on Sunday, June 9! Bring snacks. Lots of snacks. #andcaffeine

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