Why Phillipa Soo Simply Rocks

Why Phillipa Soo Simply Rocks

The soprano behind Elizabeth Schuyler.

Some of the best parts of the musical phenomenon "Hamilton," if not the best parts, are the Schuyler sisters, Angelica, Eliza and Peggy. And anyone who has seen or heard the show will agree on at least one thing: Eliza Schuyler, wife of Alexander Hamilton and woman who established the first private orphanage in New York City, deserved better.

Eliza's personal arc is beautiful and poignant, going from a harmony-rich number with her sisters to an enraged and mourning wife and mother. But I won't spoil anything.

After performing together for nearly two years, Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Cephas Jones (who play Eliza, Angelica and Peggy, respectively), have the same sort of sisterly bond that the Schuyler sisters have in the musical, which is probably symbolized best in their natural and almost instantaneous harmonies they create together on the fly.

What I will spoil, however, is that Soo is incredible and absolutely nails the role.

The Juilliard graduate and Illinois native was playing Natasha Rostova in Dave Malloy's "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812," a musical based on Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace." When Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer and writer of "Hamilton," saw the show and heard her soprano, he asked her to take part in an early reading for "Hamilton." The rest is history: There was no one better for the role.

The rest of the cast loves her, and why wouldn't they? Miranda himself referred to her in a recent Ham4Ham (fun mini-performances with cast members) as a precious cinnamon roll, too good for this world. To validate his point, she created a teaching artists program called The Eliza Project for the kids of New York City, as an example.

It's pretty hard not to be jealous of her. She's performing her art on the world's stage with some of the most amazing actors, singers and rappers on the face of the earth. She recently got engaged to fellow actor Stephen Pasquale, and performed at the White House for Barack and Michelle Obama at their workshop for students.

Jealousy is the wrong word, actually. She deserves the Grammy that the musical received and all the praise that goes with it, and after she worked so hard on the role (her Broadway debut role no less)!

Anybody who's a giant nerd like me can't wait to see what else Phillipa Soo does with her skills, and wishes her happiness with her engagement!

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15 Texts We'd Get From Dogs If They Had Thumbs

"If you're reading this, send Milk Bones."

Let's be real, anyone who has a dog knows that it if we could, we would text our dogs all day long. If they could text us, our thread would look something like...

1. "Are you coming home soon?! Let's go out!"

2. "So not to be weird... but you never ended up answering me last night... Am I the good boy? Idk I just want to be clear on our relationship I don't want to be lead on if I'm not."

3. "The cat is being such a bit** I literally can't stand her"

4. "Hey, just wondering, are you going to wear those black booties tonight? If you are, I'll chew the zipper out of the brown ones instead."

5. "Okay, so don't freak out, but something not so chill happened on the rug..."

6. "Are there any leftovers in the trash? I'm not gonna get into it, I was just curious. Love u."

7. "If you're reading this... bring Milk Bones."

8. "Hey, what's for dinner tonight?! Purina again?"

9. "Miss you!!"

10. "Are you gonna eat that food on the counter or is that for everyone? Asking for the cat."

11. "I LOVE YOU"

12. "OMG, I can't wait for you to come home on break! Can you sleep in the guest room tho? Mom said I could have your room when you moved out. Love u!"

13. "Ice cream date later?!"

14. "We should go for a walk I need to get my ass back in shape for summer. You should be my workout buddy!"

15. "Netflix and chill tonight?"

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Poetry On Odyssey: Hustle and Bustle This Holiday Season

"...Have conversation, turn off the cable..."


It's Holiday season,

Time to be freezin'.

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it,

Don't stop now, you can't quit.

Numerous trips to grocery stores,

Pure mayhem when you walk through those doors.

Shelves bare,

You're ready to pull out your hair.

Long check-out lines,

Or delayed airlines.

Prepare and cook the turkey low and slow,

Wait for that golden brown skin to glow.

Place the gravy and cranberry sauce on the table,

Have conversation, turn off the cable.

Before you know it, Christmas is here,

The classic songs are music to our ears.

Yet we all dread the trips to the mall,

To find the perfect gifts, big or small.

The Christmas Tree Lighting floods TV stations,

With singers from all generations,

The scent of candy canes fill the air,

We wish the day runs smoothly, Lord, hear our prayer.

Lots of wrappers and bows cover the floor,

As we obsess over our presents more and more.

New Year's creeps up on us,

Throwing a party is always a plus.

Streamers, noisemakers, food,

Who knew planning the perfect party was of this magnitude.

The line at the liquor store gets longer and longer,

Because of the stress in picking a champagne or sparkling cider.

Deciding to prepare finger foods or a five-course meal,

Why not get take-out? DEAL!

Clock counts down from ten.

As the clock strikes one, we've made it to another year, AMEN!

Glasses clinking,

People drinking,

"Happy New Year,"

We cheer.

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