‘Hamilton’ Actor Honors Victims of Orlando Shooting

Daniel J. Watts, who stars in the Broadway hit “Hamilton” paid tribute to the victims of the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando with a performance that includes spoken word, music and dance.

The performance took place on July 31 at the Marlin Room in New York’s Webster Hall as part of “The Jam: Love Terrorists.” Several styles of music were represented, including gospel, jazz and salsa, along with Watts’ spoken word pieces. The event was meant to be a “call to arms” that charged people to “terrorize” the nation with love and support.

Watts is 34 and a native of North Carolina. He stated that The Jam was an opportunity to address the Orlando tragedy in a more personable way. Cast members from the Broadway plays “On Your Feet” and “Shuffle Along” also performed.

Watts also shared that hate and fear are the common enemies that all of humanity shares. He asserts that The Jam and other events should help human beings to hold one another accountable for not showing enough love and compassion toward one another. Daniel J. Watts has also expressed his deepest sympathies to the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille, two African American men who were killed by police recently.

Proceeds from The Jam: Love Terrorists will be donated to the advocacy groups Equality Florida and the GLBT Community Center of Florida.

Creative Genius and Hamilton

Just what does it take to get tickets to Hamilton, the hit Broadway show about America’s founding fathers? Manuel’s creativity speaks to countless people worldwide, but there aren’t enough seats for fans. For the show that has captivated countless listeners, tickets are sold out and fans resort to all kinds of tactics. They pay incredibly high prices, turn to ticket scalpers, and even hire people to wait in the cancellation line as line sitters. For every show, there are a certain number of unused seats that are reserved for the press or cancelled by people who made reservations, and diehard fans hire line sitters to wait in line for days to secure a seat. Talk about a blockbuster!

Lin-Manuel Miranda spent 6 years creating a show that would take the theater world by storm. He used the lyric qualities of hip hop to build Hamilton, a show that has captivated its worldwide audience. Just how did Manuel create such a masterpiece? For starters, he took inspiration from some interesting places. The sound of a door squeak made its way into the musical’s opening, and Manuel even adapted a song he wrote in high school to create “The Story of Tonight.” Hamilton: The Revolution provides commentary by Manuel himself and reveals all kinds of quirks in his creative process. When it comes to crafting a Broadway hit, Lin-Manuel Miranda is clearly a creative genius.

The Hermiones Meet

As even the most casual Harry Potter fan knows, the new play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is about to take the London theater scene by storm. The show is currently running previews and will open officially on July 30. Recently, one of the stars of the Harry Potter films, Emma Watson, saw the show and had a fun bonding moment backstage.

Watson, who plays Hermione Granger in the films, shared a hug and a chat with Noma Dumezweni, who portrays Hermione in the play. The two had nothing but kind words to say about their meeting, sharing heartfelt photos and sentiments on their social media accounts. Watson said that meeting Dumezweni “was like meeting [her] older self and telling [her] everything was going to be alright” noting that the meeting was “emotional.” Dumezweni couldn’t stop tweeting about the moment, sending out numerous blessings and thanks to Watson.

When asked what she thought of the play, Watson admitted she had no idea what to expect but was blown away by the story. She noted that the play was “beautiful” and that she “felt more connected to Hermione . . . than [she] has since Deathly Hallows came out.”

If you can’t make it to London to take in the play in real life, have no fear. The long anticipated script will be available for purchase the day after “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” opens on stage.