Once…

….is nominated for Best Musical tonight at the Tony Awards and I hope it wins….I saw it off Broadway with my partner and wept….it is about the transformative power of music…all of the characters, leads and ensembles are always onstage…

I was then led me to this story:

from a CBS special on Broadway’s gypsies:
(CBS News) In theater parlance they’re called “gypsies” – the members of the chorus, the ensemble, the singers and dancers who travel from show to show to show. They’re the body and soul of musical theater. (What’s a Broadway musical without big ensemble numbers?)
They’re on the road for months, maybe years at a time – and someday, they hope, on Broadway. A few of them become bona fide stars; the legendary Chita Rivera, for example, is known as “Queen of the Gypsies.”
Even if they’re not marquee names, most are living the dream

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