When the Broadway went dark in March, Matthew Kilgore was a dresser on Hamilton. Over the next few months, he spent time sewing masks and then landed a job on The Drew Barrymore Show.

We asked Matthew about the people who inspire him the most. He said: “My theatrical family. I’ve seen our entire industry shut down. I’ve watched my friends pivot from performing to teaching, from dressing to launching businesses, really just figuring out how to thrive. That’s what the Broadway community does — figures it out and gets it done.”

Read Matthew’s West Side Story here.

The theatrical family is certainly creative. This evening, W42ST has a cameo role in MT Shorts High School Zoomsical. It’s premiere night, and you are invited. The show, with over 50 cast members, has been choreographed for zoom. I’m going to be in a booth at the show, come and say “hi”. Entrance is free at 7pm, registration needed, donations go to the Fund for College Auditions.

Meanwhile, we featured Hell’s Kitchen doorman, J. Antonio, back in 2018 when he’d created his first short film, Night Job. During the pandemic, he has created a new short film, Loner. Check out the trailer.

Finally, if you are in the mood for a heartwarming short — check out this UK Childline ad, Nobody is Normal. You can be who you are inside. Happy Sunday.

What we’ve been reading

Loving this swan story with a happy ending! (New York Times)

Have you had a taste of the new Koreatown? (Eater)

Why Century 21 will be missed. (Brooklyn Based)

Sounds like roommates are becoming an endangered species. (New York Post)

Sharing the secrets of the Roosevelt Hotel. (Untapped Cities)


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