There are times when I wish I were Susan Blackwell. She comes across as witty, funny and intimidating, a great combination if you ask me. And she has fabulous skin. Watching the video below made me want to be her even more. I mean, who else can molest Jonathan Groff and get away with it? (Warning: There are some bits of rude humour in the clip below, totally expected if you're a Susan Blackwell fan.)
If you've been reading this blog, you'll know that I lovelovelove beautiful gay men, especially triple threats (people who can sing, dance and act) like John Barrowman, John Cameron Mitchell and Adam Lambert. I don't know where this obsession comes from. I might have been a gay Broadway star in my past life. When I was a child, there was nothing I wanted more than to act, sing and dance onstage. I still don't know how I ended up taking such a different path through life, but I suspect it has to do with the fact that I couldn't find a gay boy to be a fag hag to.
Before you diss my theory, take a gander at Lea Michele. She's best friends with Jonathan Groff, and they are two of the most talented and adorable Broadway actors who are now on television via Glee. Historically, we have Doris Day, fag hag to (closeted) Rock Hudson, with whom she made some really cute and funny films.
Sadly, I have never found my singing/acting/dancing gay best friend. I did become a sort of fag hag when I was in university. Unfortunately, my gay boy couldn't sing to save his life. Also, he was more girly than I was, a no-no in the how-to-be-a-musical-theatre-fag-hag rulebook. Thus, my childhood dream faded into the distant past.
But back to Jonathan Groff, my latest obsession. Doesn't he look adorable? You know, the kind of boy you would have loved to date in high school or, more appropriately, if you're middle-aged, the kind of boy you'd like your daughter to bring home when she grows up? When I first saw him in Glee, I thought he was straight. Google told me otherwise; it also told me that he and Lea have such great chemistry on-screen because they spent a long time being an onstage romantic pair in Spring Awakening. Which then led me to do my research on the musical, and now its soundtrack is on my Spotify playlist, because the songs are just so beautiful and the ensemble vocally amazing.
You can just imagine how my obsession with Glee has doubled, nay, tripled in intensity. Episodes from the back nine set that have been broadcast so far are on repeat play in our PVR. I've watched Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and Jesse St James (Jonathan Groff) sing 'Hello' um, a thousand times. And I don't even like that song. I really want Groff's character to stay on for next season so I can watch him every week next year. If he doesn't, at least I have the DVD of the back nine episodes to look forward to in the autumn. Oh, and this play which will run in London in September. I'm eagerly awaiting the day the tickets become available. If I do get to see it, I promise to do my best not to rush on to the stage when Groff appears. I can't promise not to squeal though.