Life Lessons From Hamilton

Author: Mary Grace Donaldson, Entertainment

There are many reasons why Hamilton is the Broadway musical it’s impossible to get tickets for.

Even two years after it’s debut on the Great White Way, the wait for tickets that cost less than your monthly car payment is still to be determined. And the tickets that cost the same as your rent are even few and far-between. Why? Because Lin Manuel-Miranda brings American history to life in a way that only he can through his remarkable performance and original music. Hamilton is bound to touch you and teach you a few things, and not just in the way of history.


Don’t forget who you are or where you came from. 

Remembering your humble beginnings will remind you of just how far you’ve come
(even when you’re rich and famous one day).


Not every piece of advice you’ll receive is good advice.

Sometimes you just have to take it with a grain of salt — and remember where it’s coming from.


Never throw away your shot. 

If it makes you happy and fulfills you, go for it. Always go for it.


And in that same vein, don’t give up on what you’re passionate about. 

No matter how ridiculous it may seem.


…but, don’t expect everyone to understand. 

Because to everyone else, it’s possible that it seems ridiculous. And they’re allowed to their opinion.


Love and hate are opposite sides of the same coin. 

(This doesn’t really require explanation, does it?)


Sometimes, we can all use a good reality check. 

Even when it’s not something we necessarily want to hear.


Even when you don’t realize it, someone’s always watching what you do. 

Whether it’s in real life or on social media, whether it’s your family or some little
kid who you don’t even know exists — people are watching. So, make it good.


And you have no control over…

… who lives, who dies, who tells your story.

Why Millennials Should Watch the Tony Awards

Author: Mary Grace Donaldson, Entertainment

The Tony Awards. The theatre kid version of the Super Bowl.

Whether you’re a theatre kid or not, let’s chat about the Tony Awards, and why you should watch them.

Of course, theatre kids like me block out our schedules for this auspicious occasion (unless, of course, we have rehearsal) every year. But believe it or not, the best of Broadway can appeal to both theatre-loving millennials as well as those who don’t cry during the opening overture of any show playing on the Great White Way.

So, why should we all watch?

The Performances
The Tony Awards are filled with fantastic performances that are sure to entertain anyone. Plus, they’re pretty catchy too! If you’ve heard even one song off the Hamilton soundtrack, you’d know that Broadway is trying to produce shows and music that appeals to a wide audience.  Yes, I know, Mike Pence may not have enjoyed this particular show, but Hamilton (last year’s Best Musical Winner) is filled with songs that range in variety from typical Broadway three-part harmony to something resembling hip-hop.

The Venue and the Spectacle
As with any awards show, the lead-up to the Tony Awards is filled with glamour and excitement. There’s a red carpet, there’s pre-awards coverage, there’s beautiful outfits, and so much more. Be on the lookout for those who are lucky enough to attend the live show (who are, of course, regular people like you and me and not celebrities). When the performers are dancing in the aisles, the looks of amazement on their faces are worth the price of admission.

The Speeches
The speeches by both presenters and Tony Award recipients on the Tony Awards are known for their depth, and for the manner in which the stars utilize their platform to make their voices heard. There’s a reason why these people do theatre — it’s because they’re expressive.

A few examples from the past: Idina Menzel celebrated our differences in 2008 when she received the award for Best Actress in a Musical for Wicked. Jonathan Larson’s sister, Julie, accepting the award for Best Musical for Rent on his behalf following his passing — indicating that Larson “dreamed of creating a youthful, passionate piece that would be pertinent.”

And who could forget Lin-Manuel Miranda’s speech from the 2016 Tony Awards, following the tragic Pulse Nightclub Shooting? “Love is love is love is love is love.”