View Comments Ben Platt It’s Friday, which means it’s time to head home, jump into bed, marathon some Netflix and dreamcast Aaron Tveit’s hair in Grease Live! But before you begin those super-fun weekend activities, we’re recapping the wildest, wackiest things that happened on the Great White Way this week. From Alex Sharp’s sexy and regal hip-hop musical to your new favorite Midtown brunch destination, here are the lessons of the week!Groffsauce Is Into Old People (Like Himself)If you want to give Jonathan Groff a gift at the Hamilton stage door, maybe go for large-print books or a some orthopedic footwear. The 30-year-old King George told us that Spring Awakening coming back makes him feel old. “I’m into it. I’m happy to be old,” he said. That’s so nice to hear, Jonathan. I SAID THAT’S SO NICE TO HEAR. Just kidding. Groff fits right in with the young, hip group at Hamilton. But we also have another show in mind for him.Shakespeare Is a Rotten LibrarianChristian Borle may have a Tony for Something Rotten!, but he’s urging you to be just the opposite. In Heidi Blickenstaff’s latest vlog, Borle announced the launch of @RottenActs: Tweet them your random acts of kindness, and you might just win won of his books from the nook! Suggestions include befriending a cartoon character, buying the next round or throwing a surprise party for someone in a public bathroom.Benedict Cumberbatch Is a West End PattiSpeaking of people who aren’t on social media but want others to be, Benedict Cumberbatch has a message for you to “hashtag the shit out of.” Apparently, the proclamation of Patti LuPone hasn’t yet reached its way to London, since people are recording his performance in Hamlet ,and he can definitely see the little red lights. Don’t you remember what the Bard wrote? “This above all: to thine own self be true and STOP TAKING PICTURES RIGHT NOW.”Alex Sharp Wants More Broadway QueensIf Lin-Manuel Miranda needs any help working through ideas for his next musical, he needn’t look further than a block up at the Barrymore Theatre. At the Hamilton opening night, Curious Incident Tony winner Alex Sharp revealed that he thinks a hip-hop musical about Queen Victoria would be “sexy.” That’s not the first word that comes to mind for us, but Sharp is British, so we trust him on these things.New York’s Hottest Brunch Spot Is…We’re all about Friday bagels and booze at Broadway.com HQ, but for the cast of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Sunday is Funday. As Bryce Pinkham showed us in the inaugural episode of his vlog, the cast kicks the day off with brunch before the matinee. Then, after the show, they all gather in his dressing room for a drink! Carbs, show tunes and whiskey? You’re speaking our language!Save Room for Broadway PieSara Bareilles’ Waitress musical is still in the oven over at the American Repertory Theater, and we can’t wait for her to serve us a slice at the Brooks Atkinson this spring. We’re still waiting on exact dates, but the tuner is set to begin performances sometime in March. We’re holding out for March 14, which, as math nerds and dessert enthusiasts know, is Pi Day. We’ll be at that first preview. With pie.The Music Box Needs More Shelf SpaceYou know what show is starting on Pi Day? [Takes deep breath] Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. Hopefully, the Music Box Theatre will be able to build some more storage space. Between Audra McDonald, Billy Porter and Brian Stokes Mitchell, the still incomplete cast has eight Tonys. With those three hot stars, plus Joshua Henry and Brandon Victor Dixon, we suspect there’ll be more to come in June.The Sex Is in Wayne Brady’s HeelAfter winning an Emmy for Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Wayne Brady is quick on his feet, so to speak. That’ll soon come in handy, because those big, red kinky boots are no joke. The TV favorite will assume the role of Lola from Billy Porter, who, as you’d know if you were paying attention four sentences ago, is going on to star in Shuffe Along and the Title We Haven’t Memorized Yet. We can’t wait to see what Brady will look like all dolled up.Heights Is Going Scrappy, Not Snappy¡No me diga! The In the Heights movie has a new screenplay! But…it’s still a ways off. Lin-Manuel Miranda recently explained the setbacks the project has faced since 2008, and that a “scrappy $15 million movie” is in the works. Hey, plenty of movies have had lower budgets than expected. Just look at Paranormal Activity. Maybe you can have a poltergeist or something cause the barrio blackout? We hear Kristin Chenoweth likes to play evil now. Just a suggestion.We Punched Ben Platt’s K-CardWhile side by side with Susan Blackwell, the Pitch Perfect fave and Dear Evan Hansen star revealed that he had never done anything “remotely related” to flying a kite. Which makes total sense no sense at all. You’re from L.A. and you’ve never flown a kite? Fortunately, Blackwell was on hand to pop his kite-flying cherry, and he quickly got the hang of it. He was even able to do it one-handed! (Still talking about kite flying, children.) Star Files Jonathan Groff
Running Shop Owner Chases Down Much Slower VandalHuntington, W.Va. For weeks, employees of Robert’s Running and Walking Shop in Huntington were scared and extremely inconvenienced by ongoing incidents of their car windows being shot by a pellet gun.Earlier this fall, though, a shop employee caught a suspect in the act, witnessing a man shooting car windows parked at an insurance office across the street. The employee notified shop owner Robert Smith, who darted out the door along with another employee Ryan Smith (no relation). Suspect Robert Coffman tried to run away, but considering where he’d been vandalizing, the pursuit didn’t last long. “At the time I guess we weren’t laughing, but it seemed pretty comical,” Smith told new station WSAZ. “He was being chased by probably some of the best runners in the state.”After quickly catching Coffman and restraining him, Smith and Smith waited until police arrived. The police ended up finding drugs in Coffman’s apartment, so according to the news station he was charged with destruction of property.Brewery Sends Canned Water to Flood VictimsColumbia, S.C.The folks at Oskar Blues Brewery know how devastating floodwaters can be. In 2013, heavy rains ravaged the longstanding brewery’s home base of Lyons, Colorado, and the town has since been rebuilding. So earlier this fall the brewery, known as the first to offer craft beer in cans, sent 1,600 cases of canned drinking water to flood victims in South Carolina, where heavy rains caused damage throughout the state. Oskar Blues sent the cans through its own CAN’d Aid Foundation, which helps communities dealing with the effects of extreme weather events.In more brewery philanthropy news, Georgia-based Sweetwater Brewing Co. is currently donating proceeds from sales of its line of fly fishing rods and flies and related swag to Project Healing Waters, a non-profit organization that takes disabled veterans on fly fishing and other water-based recreation trips for therapeutic purposes. The brewery’s Healing for the Holidays program will last through the holiday season.Start the Year with a Polar PlungeNeed a baptism of renewal as you head into 2016? Start the year with a Polar Plunge, an annual rite of passage for many on New Year’s Day and the following weeks that simply entails jumping into a freezing body of water with some like-minded brave souls. On January 1, plenty of plunges will be taking place around the region, including the shiver-inducing soak within North Carolina’s Hickory Nut Gorge at the Lake Lure New Year’s Day Polar Plunge. There’s also the Polar Pony Plunge, which sends swimmers into the chilly waters of the Atlantic on Virginia’s Chincoteague Island. Later in the month the daring will plunge into the frigid waters of Chetola Lake in the North Carolina High Country at the Blowing Rock Winterfest on January 30. In February there’s also a Polar Plunge Festival that takes place throughout Virginia with chances to jump in Virginia Beach, Richmond, Dumfries and a dip in the New River at Bisset Park in Radford. More info: polarplunge.comBeyond the Blue RidgeBackcountry Bar—Winter Park, Colo.Upslope Brewing Company decided to make customers earn their first taste of its fall seasonal Oktoberfest Lager. Back in September the first pints of the brew were poured exclusively at a pop-up bar in the mountains that could only be reached via a 2.3-mile hike. Unveiled as part of Upslope’s limited Tap Room Series, Oktoberfest was available at what the brewery called its Backcountry Tap Room, set up at the High Lonesome Hut located just outside of Winter Park and surrounded by the Arapaho National Forest.Much Ado at Fall MarathonsThe fall marathon season yielded quite a few interesting tidbits. In Chicago, 42-year-old Deena Kastor posted a new U.S. Masters record time, finishing the race in 2:27:47. And 80-year-old local Frank Abramic running his 17th straight Chicago Marathon.Earlier in the month, runner Bryan Morseman won his 30th career marathon at the Wineglass Marathon in upstate New York eight days after winning the Mill Race Marathon in Columbus, Indiana. Morseman runs races to help cover his son’s ongoing medical costs for spina bifida treatments.And Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys ran the New York Marathon on November 1, an effort she was undertaking to raise money for Keep a Child Alive, a nonprofit that assists young HIV patients in Africa.