It's Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday (bet you haven't heard that song in a while), and you know what that means: It's time for Broadway.com's Lessons of the Week! Some really crazy stuff has happened in the last seven days, so it's time to take a little trip down memory lane to revisit what we've learned. Are you ready? Drumroll, please...
Audra McDonald Won’t Wear Pink
Sorry to disappoint you, but Lady Day star Audra McDonald will not be playing Cady in the Mean Girls musical, according to writer Tina Fey. Nope, she’ll obviously be playing Damian. And clearly she will win another Tony. Six for you, Audra Coco!
Even Spider-Man Eats Street Meat
Pippin star Kyle Dean Massey and If/Then’s Jackie Burns were hanging out in Times Square, filming an episode of Fresh Prince, when Super-Man swooped down and ordered a kebab. Apparently, he then upside-down kissed a tourist, muttered something about “rising above” and wandered off.
Idina Was Too Witchy For the Woods
Before nabbing the role of Elphaba in Wicked, If/Then star Idina Menzel revealed that when she auditioned for the Sondheim musical, director James Lapine deemed her too “witchy” to play the part of the Witch, and she left crying. This is too terrible to even joke about.
Javert Wants a Room That’s Full of Toys
Which character in Les Miz (besides Javert) would Will Swenson like to try on for size? No, not Jean Valjean or Enjolras. Young Cosette! “I wanna sing ‘Castle on a Cloud,’” he told us. Well, what’s stopping you? Sing out, Cosette!
Don’t Send CKB Poisoned Cookies
Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger got lots of tasty gifts from fans during The Glass Menagerie, but she had no vetting system to find out if the treats were poisonous or not. Really? Why didn't you give them to the unicorn or the shark before risking your life? It’s a menagerie! Use your resources.
Bryan Cranston Loves Frozen Margaritas
All the Way star Bryan Cranston used LBJ’s power of persuasion to successfully convince Jimmy Fallon to drink a frozen margarita. That trick obviously wouldn’t work on us, we’re too smart for that. On a completely unrelated note, anyone wanna go to Blockheads tonight?
Tonya Pinkins Is Crushing on Her Co-Stars
Tony winner Tonya Pinkins is surrounded by so many gorgeous hunks in the new musical Holler If Ya Hear Me, the words “puddle in my panties” may or may not have escaped from her mouth during an interview with Broadway.com. Wait, what?! TONYA! We haven't heard such explicit talk since our last interview with Angela Lansbury!
Sutton Foster Wonders WWTCD
Violet star Sutton Foster has the power to completely dominate a Broadway stage, creating a whirlwind of fabulosity everywhere she goes. How does she do it? By pretending she’s Toni Collette. So all those times we sang “Forget About the Boy” in front of the mirror, we were channeling Sutton channeling Toni? Whoa. That just blew our minds.
Don't Look at James Franco’s Nude Selfies
Of Mice and Men star James Franco has a public service announcement: He doesn’t post Instagram photos of himself with his hand down his pants for your benefit. Well, Franco, as fans of yours, we have a public service announcement of our own: JUST STOP POSTING NAKED SELFIES ON INSTAGRAM. Please. You’ll thank us later.
Tony Snubs Get Love on Broadway.com
Did your favorite star get left out of the Tony race? Don’t worry! Click here to vote for Norbert Leo Butz, Krysta Rodriguez, Zachary Quinto, Santino Fontana and more snubbed stars at the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards! It's just as shiny as a Tony. Plus, you can lick it.