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Celebs Slam Wells Fargo for Ads Discouraging the Arts

Celebs are upset with Wells Fargo after the bank released an ad that seemingly discouraged teenagers from pursuing the arts as careers.

The advertisement for a Teen Day later this month shows two kids in a classroom. The caption for the girl reads, “A ballerina yesterday. An engineer today. Let’s get them ready for tomorrow.”

The caption for the boy reads, “An actor yesterday. A botanist today. Let’s get them ready for tomorrow.”

Lots of celebs, including many in the Broadway community, immediately took to Twitter to shoot down the idea that one cannot pursue the arts. There were also many jokes made about how Wells Fargo is featured in the musical The Music Man!

Read what people like Paul Wesley, Josh Groban, and Tony winners Laura Benanti and Cynthia Erivo are saying:

The company eventually released this apology statement: “Wells Fargo is deeply committed to the arts, and we offer our sincere apology for the initial ads promoting our Sept. 17 Teen Financial Education Day. They were intended to celebrate all the aspirations of young people and fell short of that goal. We are making changes to the campaign’s creative that better reflect our company’s core value of embracing diversity and inclusion, and our support of the arts. Last year, Wells Fargo’s support of the arts, culture and education totaled $93 million.”

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Laura Benanti Is Pregnant, Expecting Baby Girl with Patrick Brown!

Broadway star and Nashville actress Laura Benanti is pregnant!

The 37-year-old actress and her husband Patrick Brown announced the news on Instagram.

“Patrick and I doing some light summer reading. Coming this winter…#BabyGirlBrown!!!” Laura captioned the photo. See it below!

Laura and Patrick were married back in November.

This is the first child for the couple! Laura opened up in a Huffington Post editorial about a miscarriage she and Patrick tragically experienced last year.

Congratulations to the happy couple on the wonderful news!

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Laura Benanti Plays Melania Trump for Colbert Spoof (Video)

Laura Benanti does a hilarious impression of Melania Trump in a spoof on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

The Tony Award-winning actress has previously appeared on the program and talked about how people compare her looks to Melania‘s, so it’s fitting that she is doing this spoof!

In the appearance, Laura played Melania as she tried to explain how she didn’t plagiarize her speech at the Republican National Convention, yet she uses famous lines throughout the whole thing.

Make sure to listen for the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song, the Kit-Kat bar jingle, and more.


Laura Benanti Plays Melania Trump for Colbert Spoof

Meg Ryan Introduces 'She Loves Me' Cast at Tony Awards 2016 (Video)

The cast of She Loves Me shows off their vocal and acting chops on stage at the 2016 Tony Awards held at the Beacon Theatre on Sunday (June 12) in New York City.

Three of the actors were nominated this evening – Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, and Jane Krakowski – for their work in the classic musical. Check out the performance, which also includes Broadway star Gavin Creel, below! You can catch She Loves Me in NYC now.

Meg Ryan introduced the performance on stage. You may not know, but Meg‘s movie You’ve Got Mail is based on the musical!

Make sure to tune in for the Tony Awards, hosted by James Corden, airing right now on CBS!

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Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, & Jane Krakowski Arrive for Tony Awards 2016!

Tony nominees Laura Benanti and Jane Krakowski step out in style at the 2016 Tony Awards held at the Beacon Theatre on Sunday (June 12) in New York City.

The pair were joined by their co-star, fellow nominee Zachary Levi. All three are nominated this evening for their work in She Loves Me, which is currently playing at Studio 54 in the Big Apple!

Check out the full list of nominees if you missed it!

Make sure to tune in for the Tony Awards, hosted by James Corden, at 8/7c on CBS!

FYI: Laura is wearing an Oscar de la Renta gown and shoes, Eva Fehren jewelry, and a Lee Savage clutch. Jane is wearing a Michael Kors Collection dress, Stuart Weitzman shoes, and Fred Leighton jewels.

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Lupita Nyong'o, Jessica Lange & Lin-Manuel Miranda Celebrate Tony Awards At Cocktail Party!

Lupita Nyong’o and Jessica Lange strike a pose on the red carpet while attending the Tony Honors Cocktail Party presenting the 2016 Tony Honors For Excellence In The Theatre held at the Diamond Horseshoe on Monday (June 6) in New York City.

The two ladies were joined at the event by Lin-Manuel Miranda and his wife Vanessa Nadal, Jane Krakowski, Leslie Odom Jr, Danielle Brooks, Cynthia Erivo, Cush Jumbo, LaTanya Richardson, Jenna Ushkowitz, Zachary Levi, Laura Benanti, Phillipa Soo, Laura Osnes, Pascale Armand, Jeff Daniels, Sophie Okonedo, Lena Hall and Saycon Sengbloh.

Make sure to tune into the 2016 Tony Awards on CBS on June 12!

FYI: Lupita is wearing an Oscar de la Renta dress and Irene Neuwirth Jewelry.

35+ pictures inside of Lupita Nyong’o, Jessica Lange and others at the event… More Here! »

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Cynthia Erivo & Jane Krakowski Win Big at Drama Desk Awards 2016!

Cynthia Erivo and Jane Krakowski win big at the 2016 Drama Desk Awards held at Anita’s Way on Sunday (June 5) in New York City.

Cynthia, who stars in The Color Purple revival, won for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, while Jane, who stars in She Loves Me, won for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.

Also winning big that evening were Fiddler on the Roof‘s Danny Burstein and WaitressChristopher Fitzgerald for their roles in their respective musicals.

Other musical theater actors in attendance included She Loves Me cast members Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, and Nicholas Barasch, Waitress composer and lyricist Sara Bareilles and star of the show Jessie Mueller, Bright Star‘s Carmen Cusack and AJ Shivley, The Color Purple‘s Danielle Brooks, and Broadway stars Khris Davis, Montego Glover and Laura Osnes.

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