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James Franco Is a Bad-Ass Bookworm, Anna Kendrick Should Live In Wisconsin & More Lessons of the Week

James Franco Is a Bad-Ass Bookworm, Anna Kendrick Should Live In Wisconsin & More Lessons of the Week
Idina Menzel's son, Lesli Margherita's diary and a sock puppet taught us some very important lessons this week.

TGIF, Broadway.com readers! Before we get to work on our Oscar party planning (which is obviously going to include an awesome Frozen ice cream cake), let's revisit all the crazy stuff we've learned over the last seven days. Behold, the Lessons of the Week!


Lesli Margherita Has an Annie Burn Book
In what may be her best vlog yet, the Matilda star gives us a tour of her childhood bedroom and reads diary passages that skewer her old community theater co-stars. Let’s just say we’re glad we’re on the queen's good side.


Drugs Are Hidden Backstage at Bridges
Derek Klena says it’s a prop, but we definitely spotted a giant bag of weed backstage at The Bridges of Madison County. No wonder Hunter Foster has so many snacks in his dressing room.


Anna Kendrick Craves Cheese and Beer
The Into the Woods film star admitted she’d gladly dump her next singing role to be able to eat cheese and beer again. Oh Anna, you’ve been hanging out with Meryl Streep too much. Broadway stars love beer and dairy!


The Cold Doesn't Bother Jessie Mueller
What kind of masochistic Today show producer made Beautiful star Jessie Mueller sing outside in 20-degree weather wearing a short-sleeved dress? Come over to Broadway.com HQ, Jessie. We've got plenty of blankets and hot cocoa. (And beer. And cheese.)


James Franco Is a Steinbeck Thug
Of Mice and Men star James Franco gave literacy some serious street cred on John Steinbeck's birthday—he snapped a photo with two handfuls of the legendary author's books while dressed like a gangster. It's hard out there for a bookworm.


Idina Menzel’s Son Can’t “Let It Go”
Add Walker Diggs to the endless list of kiddos obsessed with the Frozen hit “Let It Go.” While singing the song in the bathtub, he even corrected his mom on the lyrics. Which begs the question, why doesn’t Idina Menzel know the lyrics to her own song yet? Girl, get to work!


B'way Stars Gotta Wake Up on Thursday
For Phantom, Mamma Mia! and Cinderella, Thursdays are now officially matinee days. Sorry stars, looks like you're going to have to dial back those epic beer and cheese parties you always have on Wednesday night. (Oh, Anna Kendrick, you didn't know about those?)


Jon Hamm Is a Friend Of the Devil
Mad Men star Jon Hamm made a new pal this week—Tyrone the Puppet, the headliner of the new off-Broadway show Hand to GodOh, and did we mention this furry guy also happens to be possessed by Satan? Yum, deviled Hamm…


Don't Rain on Lea Michele’s Parade
Lea Michele must be reading The Secret, because she's wished herself right into Funny Girl on Broadway. Pick up her new album I'm Playing Fanny Brice, Damnit and her forthcoming memoir Funny Girl...Literally, both hitting store shelves soon.


Sylvester Stallone Plays Rough
After the first performance of Rocky on Broadway, Sylvester Stallone taught Paul Rudd's nine-year-old son to throw a punch that could "break someone's jaw." Remind us to bring a taser to the Tony Awards, just in case things get ugly.

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