Podcast guest and Sunset Boulevard ensemblist Lauralyn McClelland tells us how Glenn Close and the ensemblists of her show stormed the stage of Hamilton to support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
"At Sunset Boulevard, we're always trying to come up with new ways to earn money for BC/EFA, and Glenn is VERY competitive! She heard they were using her name to raise money at Hamilton and thought we should let them know who's gonna win the fundraising competition by storming their stage during their Broadway Cares speech."
"Our stage managers secretly worked it out and the Hamilton cast had NO IDEA we were coming. We all met at their stage door around 9:30pm and the ASM snuck us backstage (thru the lobby and back alleys tip-toeing, about 25 of us!) and into her office to wait. We met up with Taran Killam who started the rivalry using Glenn's name when he was playing King George."
"Brian d'Arcy James gave the speech and for their auction that night they had a picture of Glenn as Norma Desmond photoshopped holding a cardboard sign saying "lashes for cash"... because Glenn has been auctioning off her show lashes. Now they weren't just using Glenn's name, but MOCKING her!?! Uh-uh, that's when we stormed in, Glenn at the front flanked by the tallest bulkiest men in our cast! 'I'm Glenn Close, we will NOT be ignored, or mocked!'"
"The poster went for $8,000, thanks to Taran's excellent auctioneering skills and we all took a picture with the winning family."
"Something I love so much about our community is how willing everyone was to come in on a day off (Taran too, he played his final performance a week before), to prank this cast and raise money for a fantastic cause!"
Listen to Lauralyn McClelland on our Replacement episode here.