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Token Theatre Friends: Javier Muñoz Is Exactly Where He Wants to Be

The ‘Hamilton’ actor on why depictions of gay men living normal lives are important. Plus reviews of ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ and the ‘Judy’ movie.

Twice a month on the Token Theatre Friends video series and podcasts, theatre critics (and theatre besties) Jose Solís and Diep Tran bring a POC perspective to the performing arts.

This week the Friends interview Javier Muñoz (a.k.a. the original Hamilton alternate and replacement). He talks about the new play he’s in at Manhattan Theatre Club, The New Englanders, about a middle-aged gay couple going through mid-life crises. He discusses why it’s important to see narratives about gay people living normal lives, why he wants to do more plays, and how he recovered after being doxxed by the right wing.

The audio of the interview is also available on the podcast, where the Friends review three shows currently playing in New York City:

Freestyle Love Supreme, from Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale, currently running on Broadway (through Jan. 5, 2020, $59-$199). The improv hip-hop comedy show uses audience participation to create songs and skits.

Sunday by Jack Thorne at Atlantic Theater Company (through Oct. 13, $51-$82). A bunch of 20-somethings meet for book club and instead meditate on how their lives lack direction.

Mothers by Anna Moench, produced by the Playwrights Realm (through Oct. 12, $5-$30). A group of mothers and caregivers, toddlers in tow, are at a day care while outside the world is falling apart.

As the end of the episode, the Friends discuss the new Judy Garland biopicJudy, and Jose explains why he has a Judy Garland tattoo.

Download the episode here.

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