The Things That Make You Powerful

There exists in this world a new-ish Broadway musical called Dear Evan Hansen (which I most definitely have not made mention of in one to two dozen separate entries on this web log since November) and it won a whole heap of Tony Awards on Sunday night, including one for Ben Platt's portrayal of Evan Hansen, the show's main character. At the end of his acceptance speech, which was my favorite of the evening (sorry Bette Midler), Mr. Platt shared some very sage advice which I will stash below.

"...don't waste any time trying to be like anybody but yourself because the things that make you strange are the things that make you powerful."

Yeah, Like I Wasn't Gonna Post This

I was just gonna stash the video of Ben Platt singing "For Forever" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night on this web log and call it a day but then Ben Platt had to go and be all adorable and bashful and adorabashfullyhumble during his chat with Mr. Colbert so now I'm gonna have to stash the video of the interview portion on this web log as well.

Oh, I'd also like to say that I really appreciate what Ben said to Mr. Colbert at the beginning of the interview about how he's been a beacon of sanity and happiness and intelligence in this crazy, crazy horrible time because it showed very good manners and also because, well, it's the truth.

No Day but Today

On our way to catch the twentieth anniversary tour of Rent at the Golden Gate Theatre tonight I explained to Sid that it's my absolute favorite show of all time and that it changed the course of my life when I saw it on Broadway as a teenager and without skipping a beat she tore out my heart and stomped it into a pancake by responding "There's no way it's better than Dear Evan Hansen." Suffice it to say, she made it no further than the halfway point of "Light My Candle" before officially retracting her statement.

I would like to note, since this website is, like, my diary or whatever, that Sid borrowed a sweater of mine to wear to the show tonight and it actually fit her. Sure it was an extra small from H&M that I accidentally shrunk in the dryer, but damn do I have a lot of feelings about that, such as wow, isn't Sid growing up so fast and also Corey your clothes might be too small for you.

The Best Show

Bevan, Sid and I saw Dear Evan Hansen tonight, Sid and I from sixth row house seats courtesy of the Gay Mafia and Bevan from the mezzanine courtesy of StubHub, and because Sid and I know all the words to all the songs we would periodically turn to one another during the show and share a knowing smile or squeeze each other's hand in the dark and when it was all over and the actors had left the stage and the people around us were heading for the exits Sid turned to me, her eyes the size of basketballs, and said in her serious voice, "Corey, that was the best show I've ever seen."