"Up until I got Spring Awakening on Broadway, I always just wanted to get a job, any job. When I did that show, I learned the importance of really believing in the project. That is the difference between an actor and an artist. An artist is someone who can really get behind what they are performing because they believe in the message of what the project is about. I remember seeing how people were affected by the show. People with kids would be by the stage door crying hysterically, invested in the show’s message and in Melchior, the character I played. I had a quote that I looked at every day before I went onstage: ‘Don’t let the world define you.’ That was my mantra. When I left the show, the quote became a part of me as a person and as an artist. Spring Awakeningtransformed me from an actor into an artist. It changed me. I now set the bar very high creatively and choose projects that I know I really believe in with all my heart.” - The Art of Discovery (x)
He (Cleve Jones) said all he wanted for his birthday was to hear Jonathan Groff sing the finale (“The Flesh Failures/Let the Sunshine In”) from Hair, and he got his wish. (x)
On Tuesday, Renaissance, in partnership with a nonprofit organization known as the Creative Coalition, will bring out the book, “The Art of Discovery.”
The coffee-table book, published by Rizzoli, features 100 celebrities discussing their “moments of discovery.” Their recollections are accompanied by portrait-type photographs taken by Jeff Vespa. The book, priced at $45, is edited by Robin Bronk, chief executive of the Creative Coalition, a social and political advocacy organization for the entertainment industry.
The stars in “The Art of Discovery” include the president of the organization, the actor Tim Daly, who is featured in the new CBS series “Madam Secretary,” as well as Adam Driver, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jonathan Groff, Michael C. Hall, Ethan Hawke, Anna Kendrick, Nicole Kidman, Jared Leto, Mark Ruffalo, Gabourey Sidibe, Naomi Watts and Shailene Woodley. (x)
The book will be released on October 14, 2014.
January 6th is the street date HBO Home Video has assigned to Looking - The Complete 1st Season on DVD (2 discs, $39.98 SRP) and Blu-ray (2 discs, $49.99 SRP). The BD version also comes with UltraViolet digital copies of the episodes, plus there are also “6 Audio Commentaries with Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez, EP/creator Michael Lannan & EP Andrew Haigh plus many more" included as a bonus. (x)
Looking Season 1 (DVD and Blue-ray) will be released on January 6, 2015. (x)