Ep 067 – A Trip Down Memory Lane and The First Pride Parade

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Welcome back to BeREAL! This week, Diana and Ednesha are joined by Diana’s good friend, Michael Lee Scott. Michael is here today to discuss Pride month 2021 and Broadway Cares: Equity Fights AIDS.

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Michael starts off the episode by telling the story of how he and Diana met. He then tells of many experiences the two have shared together throughout the years, until he changes to conversation to talk about how he got into the arts. He traces back his creativity to his parents, and tells of how they encouraged his artistic endeavors. These kept with him throughout his career when he ventured into musical theatre. 


Next, he talks about his career in recent years and his interpretation of the creative process. He highlights why it is important for artists to carry through with their work. He explains that even though in the middle of a project, you might think it looks terrible, it will come together in the end. Before the break, Michael tells one more of his favorite stories as Diana can’t emphasize enough how good of a storyteller he is. 


After the break, the trio return to discuss Pride Month 2021. Diana and Michael tell the story of them attending the first pride parade in NYC together. Michael then delves into Broadway Cares: Equity Fights AIDS. He retells how the organization came to be. The Broadway Bares event started as a biannual go-go dance night. These nights used to bring in around $8,000 a night. Since then, the organization has grown, and last year the event brought in over $2 million in one night. 


Lastly, Michael talks about his work with Broadway Cares: Equity Fights AIDS now. He has since retired from being a performer and now works as a choreographer. BeREAL’s very own Jessica chimes in to talk about her experience with the show, since she joined as a performer in 2014. To close out the episode, Michael shouts out the personal work Broadway Cares does as well as an organization that branched off called Broadway Inspirational Voices.


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