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Leslie Odom Jr.’s Touching Speech to Cynthia Erivo at Sardi’s

Jazmine Harper-Davis

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I rarely use the hashtag #RelationshipGoals , but in this case I’ll make an exception. One of the most genuine, most talented friendships on Broadway between Leslie Odom Jr. and Cynthia Erivo is truly #FriendshipGoals.

Odom presented Erivo with her very own Sardi’s caricature drawing on July 12, in front of fellow Color Purple cast and costars, including Danielle Brooks and Heather Headley, and fellow Broadway friend Laura Benanti. Before the unveiling though, Odom offered up a few touching words about the talented singer/actress that brought us, and Cynthia, to tears. What he said is nothing short of the truth. In her Broadway debut at just 29-years-old, Erivo has earned herself a multitude of awards, including the coveted Best Actress in A Musial Tony, and earned her place in the hearts of millions who make their way to the Bernard B. Jacobs to be healed. With the current and ongoing outcry to get the rest of the world to understand #BlackLivesMatter , something special happens on 45th street to let us know that it’s going to be alright.

Speaking on the deaths of Prince and Muhammed Ali, Leslie says he received an important word from his pastor in L.A. who told him, “Mantles are falling. Mantles are falling and what that means is when a mantle falls,” pointing to Ervio, “it’s your turn to take over. They ran their race. They’ve done their part, now it’s your time.”

Check out the video below and as a bonus check out this AWW worthy Instagram post from Cynthia.

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A Look Inside CATS with Jennifer Hudson, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba & More

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Jennifer Hudson as Grizabella in CATS film rehearsal Photo: YouTube
Jennifer Hudson as Grizabella in CATS film rehearsal Photo: YouTube

Jennifer Hudson as Grizabella in CATS film rehearsal Photo: YouTube

Go behind the scenes for the first look at #CatsMovie.

CATS stars James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and introduces Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward in her feature film debut. You’ll also see an appearance from Les Twins, most notably known from dancing alongside Beyoncé.

Featuring Lloyd Webber’s music and dancers under the leadership of Tony-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In the Heights), the film reimagines the musical for a new generation with spectacular production design, state-of-the-art technology, and dance styles ranging from ballet to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street to tap.

One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, the stage musical “Cats” received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981, where it played for 21 years and earned the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical.

In 1983, the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for an extraordinary 18 years. Since opening in London in 1981, “Cats” has continuously appeared on stage around the globe, to date having played to 81 million people in more than fifty countries and in nineteen languages. It is regarded as one of the most successful musicals of all time.

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First Look: Christian Dante White Joins Broadway Revival of My Fair Lady

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Christian Dante White in My Fair Lady Photo by Joan Marcus

Broadway alum and rising leading man, Christian Dante White (Hello, Dolly!, Shuffle Along) joined the cast of the Lincoln Center Theater Broadway revival of My Fair Lady and began performances January 8th, 2019 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Stepping into the featured role of Freddy Eynsford-Hill, following Jordan Donica, he sings the classic number “On the Street Where You Live.”

White has had a whirlwind of Broadway experiences. During Hello, Dolly!  Bette Midler stepped aside to give him the final curtain call after he stepped into the role of Cornelius Hackl without a put-in rehearsal. He also graced the stage in the ensemble (as well as covered the principal role of Noble Sissle) of Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed singing a duet with Audra McDonald every night during the number “Love Will Find a Way.” Leading up to those life-changing moments White held roles in the Broadway productions of The Book of Mormon and The Scottsboro Boys.

Check out the new photos of Christian Dante White in the revival production below!

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