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The Lion King Cast Delivers Movingly Topical Number At HIV/AIDS Fundraiser For Broadway Cares [VIDEO]

You’ll want to watch the clip below. From Broadway Cares:

Broadway’s best spread messages of unity, hope and resilience through satire, song and dance December 5 and 6, 2016, at the 28th annual Gypsy of the Year competition.

Gypsy of the Year , which celebrated six weeks of dedicated fundraising from 55 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies, raised $4,492,636 for Broadway Cares. The grand total was announced Tuesday by Tony Award winners Cynthia Erivo and Jessie Mueller and Hamilton star Javier Muñoz following two incredible days of performances. Erivo, Mueller and Muñoz also presented the awards to the top fundraisers and best performances across the two afternoons.

The company of Hamilton took top honors for best onstage presentation. In “America,” the cast mashed up the music and lyrics of Bob Marley and Lin-Manuel Miranda and the poetry of Langston Hughes into a call for peace and equality in our country. Javier Muñoz and Syndee Winters led the integration of song and word, with the cast channeling the duo’s sentiments into a powerful, striking dance.

The company of The Lion King was runner-up with a moving spoken-word piece giving voice to those marginalized by the current political climate. The piece, written by cast member L. Steven Taylor and choreographed by Ray Mercer, found four isolated actors, and a dancer expressing their words through movement, finding common ground in fighting for each other’s plight. The piece concluded with the performers declaring in unison, “I will never leave you alone.”

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  • worstcultever

    Goodie, some cool stuff to watch – thanks Joe!

  • Silver Badger

    Its a good thing people are raising money. We in the HIV community are going to need it when the haters dry up drug support on the Federal level.

    • TuuxKabin

      We’ll be helping each other.

      • Silver Badger

        When the price for one person is some $3000.00 a month per person, we are going to need all the help we can get. Especially as AIDS drugs don’t go generic in the good old USA.

        • TuuxKabin

          I understand and share the concern. Benefit performances and fund raisers, with some grants from sympathetic organizations will become even more vital. It’s a grim outlook and daily concern.

          • Silver Badger

            Oh yes. The drugs are just one cost. Bloodwork alone is enough to bankrupt people of low and middle income. Joe’s post on Linda Harvey was terrifying. Don’t forget that intense stress is HIV’s friend. Look at the cabinet of hate trump is installing. Gay people in general are going to be under intense attack. I for one will never forget the dying years when everyone I knew suffered a slow and painful death to the cheers of the “its God’s punishment” crowd.

          • TuuxKabin

            One sitting for blood work can be more than the monthly Rx costs. I know. And yes, the intense stress is a booster for the viral load. That’s another way we’ll be here to help each other as much as we can. Emotional support, funding and being together in covering our backs. One of the reasons I’d like to find the Mike-Hot-Pence’s ‘schedule’ for his fund raising, not only give some support, but enjoy doing it, bring a bit of joy into it. More joy and laughter to counter the stress when possible.

          • Silver Badger

            The haters need a focus to rally their supporters. It worked so well with the Jews pre WWII. I am afraid that focus is going to be us.

            OT: I am a bit stressed myself as my assistant is trying to free up my job for her husband. This is the lady to whom I gave a job found an apartment for when she was released after paying her debt to society. I feel under attack both nationally and at home. I’ve spent my life surviving this bull shit and am just plain tired and disheartened.

          • ColdCountry

            Big {{{hugs}}}

          • Silver Badger

            Thanks

          • TuuxKabin

            I wish there were words and actions to help relieve what you’re experiencing. Betrayal has to be one of the worse things to be used against us. I hope commenting here helps release some of the stress. I know it has for me in the past. Abrazos from 2guys and me. Sigh.

          • Silver Badger

            Thanks for your kind thoughts. The upside is that I can be a mean old bastard when attacked (hence the badger part of silverbadger). The downside is that more and more, its just more trouble than its worth. But as the song says “I WILL survive!”

          • TuuxKabin

            Ya! I that’s the spirit. Be like Honey Badger. Honey Badger don’t give a shit. Hope we all survive. XOX

          • Todd20036

            That just sucks. For some people, it’s just business. Nothing personal. Literally. I’ve made a few friends at work, but I always keep in mind that to some people, that doesn’t matter.

            At all.

            Stay strong, hon. We are all with you.

            And just in case, update your resume.

          • John30013

            I’d recommend that you fire your assistant.

          • Silver Badger

            Sounds like a simple solution, doesn’t it? This would make me a racist bastard trying to keep a poor black woman down. Especially as she is trying to make a fresh start. Then we deal with the unemployment situation. Proving she is fired for cause can be difficult. Especially with a 30% black resident population, many who believe vandalism is a justifiable form of protest. And then there is the board. I had to fire the person she replaced because he came to work drunk repeatedly. The Board had a collective stroke as the board giveth and the board taketh away. They reserve the right to do all of the hiring and firing. Enough. allowing this nonsense to ruin my only day off is playing into her hands.

          • Ernest Endevor

            So sorry to read this. I’m with John30013. That was my first thought, too.

          • McSwagg

            May I presume to offer some advice about your assistant? You may ignore it if you want, but I have been in somewhat similar situations myself and hate to see good people harmed this way.

            Document everything, Keep a dedicated daily journal. It can be as simple as a spiral notebook, but keep it at home where it is secure. Write something almost every day and date each entry. If you need to give it to someone as evidence, give a copy, never the original.

            Small actions that seem coincidental on their own can collectively form patterns of actionable misdeeds. Anyone vile enough to engage in back stabbing can’t and won’t limit their actions and words to that alone. Build a case and when she has crossed an actionable line, take her out before she harms you. Good Luck.

            Remember, doing something is always healthier and less stressful than waiting and worrying. It also helps to have an appropriate trusted person to talk to. I’d recommend someone you don’t work with. Don’t bury this in your own heart or it will manifest as health challenges.

          • Silver Badger

            Thank you for your advice.

          • Diogenes Onionpants

            Hi Silver Badger, having seen a friend deal with something that sounds similar, I’d like (belatedly) to add to McSwagg’s excellent advice: if at all feasible, communicate your concerns to the head of HR if you have anything at all concrete, just to establish that you are following channels & to get outside witness to the problem as early as you can. If you can resolve it yourself, you look like a hero to HR; if not, you can get them on your side. Good luck! I know it’s stressful.

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  • TuuxKabin

    Good Saturday morning viewing, like Saturday morning Warner Bros. cartoons. Thanks Joe! Good way to start the day. I’m TuuXKabin and I Recommend this thread. Don’t forget to click on the red heart/Recommended.

  • Xiao Ai

    O/T But,…

    Have you ever used your smartphone to look at a webpage like Farcebook, or a blog like JMG, filled with ads so tight that you have accidentally clicked on one and launched it while you scrolled down? Well meet the next target of malware, spyware, and viri. These babies are perfect to pack a payload full of nastiness that is sure to corrupt your OS, and steal your information. Oh, Government Corporatism, you naughty, naughty pig. You’ve snared us once again.

    • TuuxKabin

      I’ve avoided smartphone, adenoid (sic) and stick to the innernetz, my cell phone I only use for texting. When I first heard about social apps I further backed off having an instrument that could be used for them. There’s enough information easily accessed without carrying it around in your pocket. Thanks for the heads up tho, I’ll strike up a few conversations with that info in my emails. See if others know about the ‘nastiness’ you describe.

      • Xiao Ai

        I actually did it this morning again while viewing this thread on my iPhone. Having a tech background at a bank turned on the warning siren for me. I know it’s not Joe’s fault. The problem is our consumer driven system and there’s just no reason hacking should be as invasive as it is. None. Unless of course that’s actually the point to start with and the powers that be stand to gain from it as well.

    • worstcultever

      well, they did call it the net – as in, we’re the butterfly

      and the web – as in, we’re the fly

      anyway, just another reason I’m an archaic flip phone user (and that as infrequently as possible) till I die

      (not that it makes that much difference – I’m as vulnerable as anybody sitting here with my laptop)

      • TuuxKabin

        Excellent analogies of net and web! Consider them spread far and near.

    • pablo

      I try to not use Adblock with bloggers I like, but had to give up on this site. Before Adblock it was constantly crashing my browser.

      • Xiao Ai

        uBlock works way better and as yet not beholden to corporate interests like AdBlock Plus.

    • McSwagg

      This is why I use blocking apps (Ads, pop-ups, redirects, etc.) and a good internet security program. I simply do not trust websites to keep malware off their sites. If a site requires me to disable my protections, I simply move on. They’re not worth the risk. And I refuse to use Suckerburg’s Farcebook for anything.

  • Bj Lincoln

    The Lion King cast made me misty. Loved watching the little girls with the Jersey Boys. It is always so wonderful to see such young and talented people. Thanks for posting this Joe. Nice to start the morning with beauty and song.

  • pablo

    “Gypsy of the Year”? Have they been accused of marginalizing Romany people by the usual suspects yet?

    • Ernest Endevor

      You know where the term originated?

      • David Walker

        I do, and I think we’d all love to hear the answer from a person who was there for a milestone event. Personally, I’d like to know what show you were in at the time.

        • Ernest Endevor

          Crazy for You. A monster hit. I’m in this clip. And no, I wasn’t wearing pink. Back when 30 new musicals would open in one season, dancers would go from show to show. If you’re on a ‘pink’, aka chorus, contract you can give two weeks notice at any time. So it wasn’t unusual for dancers, or singers (back then a chorus was defined as being 8 by 8: 4 boy dancers, 4 girl dancers, 4 male singers, 4 women singers – those were the terms employed – to give a total of 16 ensemble performers. And that was the bare bones. A Rogers & Hammerstein show would have many more. Nowadays not many shows have a total of 16 in the cast. The golden mean is 9.) So anyhoo, because dancers would move so quickly from show to show they were called gypsies. Important note, the term was not in any way derogatory but was in fact used in an admiring way. So the title of the show Gypsy has layers of meaning. And so does the annual Gypsy of the Year production. Because that’s when chorus boys and girls – a detested old term that for some reason Joe still employs – get to star. And my God do they ever! Anyone ever gets a chance to see one of these performances live – sell your children, you won’t miss them. Just get there. My fave thing I saw was when Carol Channing, at an advanced age, was in yet another revival of Dolly. (Those who know always say that her original perf was the single greatest star turn in a musical ever). So, one by one, the men of the ensemble came out dressed as Channing might have been were she in Les Miz, or Phantom, or Cats, or any of the other shows currently on the boards. They crossed from side to side of the stage, adding a new man at each turn. Till Channing joined them and the house went crazy, It’s impossible to convey to someone who wasn’t there how magical such a corny turn can be. Most people have never witnessed a big smash hit in its glory days: the first 6 months.

          Truthfully, I prefer the Easter Bonnet shows, when all the shows create a ‘bonnet’. I like it because more of the backstage people are involved, wardrobe staff, dressers, etc. Also, I find the Easter Bonnet more moving because it was first staged as a lark by the men of the Cage aux Folles ensemble in the wardrobe at the Palace Theatre. At the beginning of the plague that would claim so many lives, they had the idea to put on a little skit backstage to raise some cash for their friends who were sick. It went from there to become an international movement. I don’t know how many of those men died in later years. But this is why I never, never, never refer to ‘chorus boys’. I’m sorry but now I’m crying and should stop.

          Forgot the link! Sets by the great Robin Wagner; clothes by William Ivey Long; Ography by Susan Stroman; see the divine Harry Groener sing and dance; we spent a week rehearsing this.
          https://youtu.be/XJo8eu4OvKg

          • David Walker

            First of all, I love you. Second of all, I LOVE “Crazy for You.” Saw it on Broadway (probably saw you) and when the official road company came to Hershey. I wore out my LP…quite literally…on a couple of the cuts. It was such an amazing production. While not necessarily a size queen, I do love it when a big Broadway show is a BIG Broadway show. I have it on CD and listen to it a lot. “I’ve Got Rhythm” blows me away every time I hear it, and I can’t listen to it just once. And there are so many other numbers. I have long listened to shows for the vocal arrangements and more recently for the orchestra and dance arrangements, so I’ve had new ways to listen to the CD. William Brohn’s orchestrations, Peter Howard’s dance arrangements, and Paul Gemignani is one of my gods anyway, and partly because of his work on this show. I’d have to say, though, that “I Got Rhythm” remains one of my all-time favorite numbers. What a way to end an act! Stroman kept topping herself and then topping that. Y’all must have been exhausted and ready for intermission. Out here, everything is limited run…there aren’t enough people to sustain a show. How far into the run before you realized you weren’t exhausted? And isn’t at least part of the second part of the clip the finale and curtain call? (Memory can get a tad fuzzy.)
            Thank you. I know I sound like a star-struck tween. I enjoy watching shows and plays and one-person shows, but, since I’ve been there on the techie side, I enjoy even more hearing the personal perspectives. I guess it’s the oral tradition (stop that). I knew someone at the TV/radio station who was in the original tours of “My Fair Lady” and “Mame.” He liked to tell about his experiences on the company trains that took them from city to city. And Harrisburg is home to Clark “Get this show on the road” Transport, trucking many a show on its way around the continent. So yeah, I’m obsessed, and I promise I’ll try not to be a pest, but thank you for this.

          • Ernest Endevor

            If you saw it on B’way you did see me. Hint: I am not a dancer – though in those days I ranked high in the ‘moves well’ category – and I am not American. I speak with an accent.

            When he reviewed it, Frank Rich declared that ‘the brass and gold of Broadway is back’. We’d suffered through years of sung-through Andrew LW shows – which are really in the operetta tradition. New York needed to get the musical back. The music was indeed magnificent and Billy Brohn was responsible for taking a bunch of old songs and turning them into a cohesive score. (The production had rights to all of the Gershwin works excepting the rhapsody and Of Thee I Sing) You know what’s funny? The best and most thrilling music was cut in DC when we broke the show in at the National and it’s a great pity it was never recorded. The song Crazy for You was cut in its original form and the music was lost. While in rehearsal in New York it quickly became evident that something special was happening. One has been in enough duds in one’s life to know the difference. At the end of the fifth week, we did the first put-together of the show, though not all of it was completely staged. After the day off we came back to find the big dance studio set up so the director could talk to us. Of course my first thought was that someone had been fired but we were all there. Mike announced that while they’d liked a lot of what they saw they weren’t happy with the 2nd act and we were starting over. In the final week, they cut what had been the big production number By Strauss and replaced it with Stiff Upper Lip, the gilt ballroom chairs started being brought in as they were talking. It’s because of By Strauss, which was imagined as a tap-waltz, that the men wear those britches and the women the decorated bodices, and also why there was the opera house set. In the re-jig they were very clever about taking what they had and adapting it. Also added was The Real American Folksong, the first song the Gershwins wrote together. And a lot of other stuff. And a ‘ballet’ was cut, though a hint of it remains. At the end of the week we did a first official run-through and went off to DC in high spirits.

            Gemigniani is a remarkable man. The orchestra didn’t sound the same when he wasn’t in the pit. I worked with Peter H on a few things and used to study with him. In my estimation the best tap number I ever saw – when it was being correctly performed, and by the time it reached Broadway it no longer was, was Fabulous Feet choreographed by Danny Daniels for The Tap Dance Kid with Peter Howard as dance arranger. But Stroman’s work was terrific. It was her first B’way show. It was a very exciting time for us all, a a very happy time, too. And that show really did what a big musical should; it sent the audience out walking on air.

            Yes that is the finale/curtain call. It was shot on the stage of the Palace, which is a big house. At the Shubert we filled the proscenium. I’m touched to know you have happy memories of the show. It stayed remarkably fresh for the first two years. Then some of the cast changed and that gave us a second wind. It was only at the end, when we knew we were being closed down so that Big could have the theatre that morale fell off. If you want you can reach me directly if you use my screen name as one word @icloud.com. Best.

          • David Walker

            Thank you. Soon. Right now we’re having our first flurries, and later it just may turn into a snowfall with a measurable amount. I like the first snowfall; after that, not so much.

  • AngelaChanning

    There are times when I have feared that theater and Broadway would not have national or global relevance – that somehow it was slipping into a medium that catered to theater lovers and tourists, especially as production costs soar, leaving only familiar remakes. Oh so not true. Theater has never been more relevant than ever.

    • Ernest Endevor

      Not Broadway. There are no plays any more. And the musicals are written for children. But theatre, yes. Even so, there are so many brilliantly talented people working on Broadway – that vast exploiter of talent and destroyer of lives. The problem with all the arts is – why do it? When reality is so grim why bother? But that’s the dilemma that artists have always faced and that has silenced many.

  • Rolf

    I found the dancing on the Lion King vid a bit frenetic and incongruous with what the other actors were saying. It was like having a 5 year old with ADHD in the middle of a room while the adults were trying to have a fairly meaningful conversation.

  • Ernest Endevor

    I took part in the first Gypsy of the Year that topped $1M. You know who put it over the top by writing a big check? Donald J. Trump. Marla Maples had taken over in something – Will Rogers Follies? – and he was being Mr Broadway. I wonder if the check cleared. Hey! Tom Viola. You there? I know you are. Did that check ever clear?

  • David Walker

    And then there was the time in the Hershey Theater that the touring company of “Sunset Blvd.” came out for their curtain call. Petula Clark starred, and when she came out, the audience truly went nuts. The applause went on and on; she took several bows, and when we wouldn’t let up, she stamped her foot and shouted in her best Norma Desmond voice, “QUIET!!!” Got quite the laugh…and we got quiet. She then went on to explain Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and asked us to put our contributions in the buckets held by members of the company as we left. I hope they made heaps. Our bucket holder was a member of the chorus of whom both Jack and I approved. We were going to give $5 apiece; instead, we both emptied our wallets. Yeah, he was inspiring. But so is Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    Somewhat related via Hamilton:

    The original, of course, had nothing to do with gun violence (ironic considering how it ends) but the connection to America’s gun epidemic is apparent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdHF4uE7M0U

  • JG

    You should have seen On Your Feet’s performance. I was crying so much during that one. Gypsy of the Year was so moving this year. I wish they’d post all of the videos