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UPDATE: This article has been modified since its original posting. The modification is underlined below.
One of the nominees for this year's JKTS Awards in the Social Media category was #SIP and a few of you wrote to ask what the heck that is! Well, it is a Twitter hash tag that means "Saturday Intermission Pics." It is added to the end of any Tweets sent by cast members of shows on Broadway, off-Broadway and on tour who send attached pictures of they are doing during the Saturday intermissions of their shows.
Not too surprisingly, this was the brainchild of one Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Mr. April 20112, Crutchie in Disney's Newsies), Broadway's resident social media guru, Max von Essen (Mr. July 2012, Magaldi in Evita) and a mutual friend, Darryl, while all three were appearing in shows on the road about three years ago. Now that both von Essen and Keenan-Bolger are back on Broadway at the same time, they decided to start it back up again. It spread like wild fire, and now Broadway fans who follow them and others in the community (or you can follow me, @jkstheatrescene), and look up #SIP on Twitter, can see these pictures twice a day each weekend. I know I look forward to them!
As you'll see from some of the samples I've included, these people have as much fun off stage as they do on. I think it is cool to see backstage - dressing rooms, behind the curtain, and in other areas of the theatre audiences don't get to go. I also appreciate the feeling of fun and camaraderie between the cast members. Broadway really is like family. And with that, not all of the #SIPs are funny. Some are tributes to departing company members, and, entire shows that are closing.
The following are pictures from the past few weeks, including this afternoon. Enjoy:
ANDREW KEENAN-BOLGER AND
THE CAST OF DISNEY'S NEWSIES
|Switching roles! (A K-B and dressing roommate, Ben Fankhauser)|
The Newsies, uh, give themselves a hand?
|Ryan Steele can afford a slice of cake, guilt-free!|
Have you seen him dance?
|Kara Lindsay and Capathia Jenkins fight over the last piece!|
|If Newsies were KISS...|
BACKSTAGE ANTICS ALL OVER
|As you can probably guess, the National Tour of Mamma Mia|
is in Hershey, Pennsylvania
|Even without an intermission, the National Tour of|
American Idiot managed to take an #SIP!
|Pittsburgh is where Sally Struthers |
and the cast of Annie took their #SIP!
THOSE WACKY BROADWAY KIDS CUTTING UP BACKSTAGE
|She's practically perfect, but he's...um...|
|Amra-Faye Wright plays dress up at Chicago|
|Space must be REALLY tight backstage at|
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark!
|Anything Goes' sexy Brandon Rubendall|
and his little friend look forward to an after show drink
|There was bound to be |
a little potty humor, right?
|The Phantom of the Opera ballerinas |
catch up on some reading
|Sometimes intermission means working:|
Nice Work If You Can Get It rehearses a swing for her Broadway debut!!
A LITTLE BACKSTAGE BEEFCAKE
|God, those Book of Mormon boys are hot!|
|Mamma Mia! Here we go again... my my...|
|Even with their shirts on, those Ghost guys are SMOKIN' HOT!|
EVITA'S MAX VON ESSEN IS A ONE-MAN
CUT UP BACKSTAGE
AND, FINALLY, GOODBYE #SIPS
Andrew Rannells' last day at The Book of Mormon
|The little girls of Evita bid the Perons, "Adios" today!|
|The Cast of Godspell says, "Goodbye, Broadway!|
Until we meet again!"
Even on its last day, Priscilla was all glitter, tons of make up, and a ton of heart!
Come back soon, Will and Nick!
A fitting farewell from Jesus Christ Superstar
|And just today... saying good bye to Peter and the Starcatcher's|
Tony-winning Christian Borle, who plays his final show
tonight, Saturday, June 30, 2012.
Don't do Twitter?? Starting next week, I'll be pinning my favorite #SIPs at Pinterest.
(Click on the Pinterest logo to your right and see!)
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