Eva talks to Wayne about his early days as a performer at Walt Disney World, the 1970s revival he wishes he could have been a part of, and one his favorite duets from the musical theater canon. Recorded on Juneteenth.
We chat with the divine J. Harrison Ghee who was about to open Mrs. Doubtfire on Broadway when the quarantine went into effect and he tells us what it was like to make his debut on Broadway in the role Lola in Kinky Boots as well as touring with the show internationally. He is the first established drag queen to take on the role. Growing up in North Carolina as the son of a pastor, J had music in his bones and took a leap of faith by choosing the career of a professional entertainer. You’ll never guess what his mom wanted him to be! Drag is his ministry and we are here for it, J!
JAI RODRIGUEZ joined The Take On to discuss his experience playing Angel in Rent and being on one of the most famous shows EVER, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy….a show that changed Jai’s life, but also showed him the frustrations of being brown man in Hollywood. Despite the odds, Jai has created a niche for himself in Hollywood, and is an amazing example of leaning into his most authentic self.
Beautiful and The Book of Mormon’s Dimitri Moise is a queer, HIV+ activist, now the co-chair of Claim Our Space Now. COSN, featured in Forbes, an organization emboldening urgent action to dismantle white supremacy. Dimitri speaks about following impulses that led him to following a call to action and the tools he uses to produce his best, focused work.
Stephanie Klemons is the Associate Choreographer and Global Dance Supervisor of Hamilton. She was part of the process as it grew from a small idea to an international phenomenon with six companies world wide. In addition to being a member of the original cast, she now works to cast the multiple productions of Hamilton. She’s also a choreographer in her own right, working right now on Rock of Ages at Pittsburgh CLO. She does all of this on top of being a wife and mother.