It's finally Friday, and you know what that means: It's time for the Lessons of the Week! After the Tony Award nomination announcements and the star-studded nominee reception at the Paramount Hotel, you know we've learned a ton of crazy stuff from Broadway stars this week. Are you ready for a crash course of all the things that happened in the last seven days? Read below!
Ramin Karimloo Sucks at Softball
The Les Miz softball team revealed what they think about their co-star Ramin Karimloo in his video blog: He should make Starbucks runs instead of running the bases. That’s OK, Ramin. You’re good at other things, like singing “Bring Him Home,” getting Tony nominations and ripping your shirt off.
Tony Nominees Are Good Students
Well, some of them. We had the 2014 nominees all fill out a pop quiz, and Chris O'Dowd, Andy Karl and Chad Beguelin passed with flying colors: They all said they were “completely naked” and “eating waffles” when the Tony noms were announced. Wow. Let's create a special Tony for those skills.
Kate Baldwin Found Five Dollars
In other news, Big Fish alum Kate Baldwin sadly was not nominated for a Tony Award. But don't worry, she still had a pretty good day: She found five dollars in her coat pocket! Yessss! Kate, do you know how many waffles that could buy?!
Grease Is the One Fox Wants (Oo-oo-oo)
In an effort to keep up with the Peacock's Peter Pan, Fox is planning to air its own live broadcast of a musical—Grease! Which one are we most excited about? Hmm, we’re torn. Peter Pan can fly to Never Never Land, but hickeys from Kenickie are like a Hallmark card.
Audra McDonald Needs Her Reese’s Fix
Lady Day star Audra McDonald has one thing in common with Billie Holiday: They’re both junkies. But while the jazz singer was into the hard stuff, the Tony winner is hopelessly addicted to peanut butter cups. Admitting you have a problem is the first step, Audra.
Note to All Tony Nominees: Bring Jerky
What is 2013 nominee Shalita Grant’s advice to this year’s crop of Tony hopefuls? When you go to the ceremony on June 8, keep a stick of beef jerky in your bag for emergencies. Hmm, let’s just hope Trixie and Rocco aren’t walking the red carpet this year.
Caissie Levy Hates Karaoke
She’ll belt out “I Dreamed a Dream” to an audience of thousands, but you won’t catch Les Miz star Caissie Levy singing “Total Eclipse of the Heart” completely wasted on a Friday night. Ugh, fine, make us sing "Take Me Or Leave Me" alone. We’ll just have to sing twice as loud.
Dan Rad Would Make a Great Stripper
The Cripple of Inishmaan star Daniel Radcliffe made a good point on Late Night with Seth Meyers—with all of the experience he has getting naked in Equus and dancing in How to Succeed, he’d make an excellent stripper. We wholeheartedly agree, Daniel. Now take it off.
Kristin Chenoweth Is a Bad Witch
Wicked favorite Kristin Chenoweth is trading in her pink dress and bubble for some black horns. She’s embracing her evil side as Queen Maleficent in the Disney Channel movie Descendants. It's tough for us to imagine the cute-as-a-button Tony winner being evil, but...Oh wait. GCB. Never mind, she'll be awesome.
Idina Wants to “Let It Go” on B’way
If Tony winner Idina Menzel has anything to do with it, she’ll be playing Elsa in the planned Broadway adaptation of Frozen. Who cares if she’s realistically too old for the role? Just slap on a blue dress and some icicles and we’re in business! Let it go, let it go, can't get this song out of our he-ads...