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Trapped in the Garden: Everything You Wanted to Know About Not Winning a Grammy

That’s the place we discovered ourselves, scrounging for dinner in a “Come From Away” cluster for the subsequent 3 hours. There have been no chairs and handiest a few meals distributors, serving sushi, sizzling canine and pizza. The bar had the longest line, and all of us took turns getting cocktails. We saved our eye out for celebrities, however suspected they have been someplace with chairs.

Nearby, a lady tripped on her sequins and/or stilettos and/or the slippery ground and landed with an audible thud. Irene reminded herself to stroll very, very sparsely, and possibly cool it on the cocktails.

For the first time in the six years of running on “Come From Away,” we have been all at the side of nowhere to pass, no rewrites to make, no scenes to restage. Somewhat like the airline passengers described in our display, who have been diverted to Newfoundland after nine/11, we couldn’t go away. So we did what they did. Enjoyed every different’s corporate. Made every different snicker.

We are nearly circle of relatives — those folks had been with us thru 5 productions and subsequent month we’re celebrating our first anniversary on Broadway. Later this yr, we’re beginning a excursion, and a movie is in the works.

Anybody who has made an album or a musical is aware of that it may well get a divorce the highest of pals — or, y’know, a married writing group. So the proven fact that we nonetheless in reality love every different? That’s value celebrating.


Ms. Sankoff and Mr. Hein right through quieter instances — at practice session for his or her musical “Come From Away” at the Schoenfeld Theater.

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When it was once time for the live performance, we sneaked beverages previous the ushers and took our seats — manner up in the 100s, a long way clear of the stars however nonetheless with a nice view. Confession time: We aren't up-to-date on the newest pop track. Maybe it’s as a result of we've a Four-year outdated. Maybe it’s as a result of we're theater nerds. Maybe we simply paintings a lot. But that didn’t forestall it from being a loopy superior live performance.

Kendrick Lamar’s opening was once wonderful theater. Pyro. Smoke. Dave Chappelle. While it was once going down, in every other path lets see Lady Gaga being led out to her piano. Throughout the night time we watched artists and techs putting in place a display larger than the rest on Broadway. Massive props (theater pun!) to everybody behind the scenes pulling off this magic.

We have been overjoyed to see fellow Canadian Alessia Cara get a win, and it was once improbable to see all the white roses and to cheer for Janelle Monáe’s and Kesha’s #TimesUp messages. But it is advisable in reality really feel the loss of feminine illustration amongst the winners. Normally we’d be overjoyed to to find one thing in commonplace with our theatrical global, however in 2018, the loss of fairness sadly turns out to be throughout the board.

We have been out of vodka and water when Bruno Mars gave his ultimate acceptance speech, about the tourist-aimed selection display he labored on in Hawaii sooner than he changed into a pop megastar. “I remember seeing it first hand,” he says. “People dancing that had never met each other. From two sides of the globe, dancing with each other, toasting with each other. Celebrating together.”

I don’t assume we may have higher described our album. That’s what were given us right here this night.

We didn’t meet any celebrities at the after events at the Marriott Marquis, even though we did cross Neil deGrasse Tyson. A bartender on the 3rd birthday party ground informed us that if we see Usher we must ship him her manner. She requested us if we have been well-known. We informed her we wrote the musical enjoying throughout the boulevard and he or she smiled in a well mannered way. Then she reminded us to ship Usher her manner.

By 2:30 a.m., we have been at the after-after birthday party, exhausted and having worn our footwear for waaaay too lengthy. Some of our pals have been nonetheless with us. We discovered that the highest a part of the night time wasn’t the pyro or the folks staring at — it was once consuming pizza in a meals court docket all in combination, taking part in the craziness. As Bruno Mars mentioned at the finish of his speech, “Hopefully I can feel that again.”

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