Troye Sivan

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Troye Sivan is a 21 year old singer, songwriter, and actor. He was born in South Africa, but now lives in Australia.

He has released one album, Blue Neighbourhood, in 2015Since then he has released several singles. One of note is “There for you” which just came out May 26, 2017 and was produced by Martin Garrix, the major international DJ.

This young performing is an up and coming star amassing youtube followers in the millions.

What is also significant is Troye is openly gay. Becoming more and more mainstream with every song he puts out. This shows the amount of progress which has been made for LGBT performers globally.

From Logo.com “At last month’s GLAAD Media Awards, Sivan, who came out publicly on YouTube at the age of 14, became the youngest recipient of the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is presented to LGBT media professionals who promote equality and acceptance in their work and life. He honored trailblazing LGBT activists like Peter Staley, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Gilbert Baker in his acceptance speech.”

http://www.newnownext.com/troye-sivan-lgbt-heroes-glaad-awards/04/2017/

Teaching us all that music can unite.

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http://www.troyesivan.com/

Broadway Backstory

 

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Completely obsessed with the podcast Broadway Backstory. This podcast was recommended to me by my friend Laura (thank you Laura!). In season one, tales of 7 Broadway shows are told from idea to creation. With interviews of key players (Directors, Producers, Composers, Actors, etc.) Each podcast is dedicated to one shows story.

Patrick Hinds hosts this addictive series. The shows included in season one are: In the Heights, Fun Home, Deaf West’ Spring Awakening, Legally Blonde, The Secret Garden, Next to Normal, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

The podcast pull back the curtain on what it takes to produce shows on Broadway, the years of dedication, setbacks, and triumphs.

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https://www.todaytix.com/insider/nyc/posts?category=broadway-backstory

Dear Evan Hansen

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Have you heard of Dear Evan Hansen, the new Broadway Musical? If not, you soon will. This show has quickly become a must-see show of 2017. All this is before any attention it is about to receive from the Tony Awards.

The show is written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the duo who won an Oscar for their work on La La Land. 

It is the story of a guy who is socially awkward and suffering from anxiety. He struggles to be accepted, find friends, love, or just someone to sign the cast of his broken arm.

Social media and social isolation are predominant themes of this wildly popular show. One which seems to speaking to our times of iphones and bullying.

What is accessible to all of us is the music, and it’s amazing. Original Cast Recording is available as well as songs and clips on YouTube.

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http://dearevanhansen.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt4w6RmCEHrb4_AJRpDf2gg

http://time.com/4696451/dear-evan-hansen-musical/

Lorde

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Lorde is a singer/songwriter from New Zealand. She made a big splash with her album Pure Heroine and breakout song “Royals” in 2o13. She is one of the youngest artists to have a number 1 song in the US at age of 16.

She is 20 now and has released a few songs off hew upcoming album, Melodrama.

Her performances on Saturday Night Live recently caught my attention. There is something quite unique and connected about her performances. And she is 20!

Some artists come along and are clearly meant to do what they do.

Take a look and listen.

My Life as a Zucchini

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My Life as a Zucchini is a wonderful French stop-motion animated film (Ma Vie de Courgette) which was nominated for an Academy Award. This heartfelt gem contains complex characters which happen to be made out of clay. Due to steady direction, solid writing, and deep compassion, it’s a special film.  It centers around the story of a boy, Icare, who is suddenly orphaned from his mother who nicknamed him “Zucchini”.

At the foster home he discovers a unique set of kids where he will be living. It there he learns that home is sometimes where you choose.

There are both French (with English subtitles) version, as well as an English version.

Be sure to check this one out.

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