Full disclosure - this is one of my favorite musicals.

I love that it takes something massive, like segregation, and distills it down for something young people can do to make positive change. They know they can’t fix the country, but the achievable goal of getting the Corny Collins Show integrated is everything to them. Especially for Tracy and Penny, the idea that just sitting around disliking something isn’t enough to change it.

Also really fun music!

So, obviously Jennifer Hudson is so fucking talented and amazing as Motormouth Maybelle. The guy playing Link is meh. The girl playing Little Inez is amazing. Ariana Grande seems too old to play a high schooler. Martin Short steals the spotlight. I want to hang out with him.