Pop chanteuse Adele didn’t have to think twice before deciding to shape shift into her hero George Michael to celebrate her 27th birthday:

George Michael Adele

Clearly, George Michael is still the emblem of crazy-sexy-cool almost three decades later. What do you think George would have to say about Benji’s moves?

Eddie as Benji as George. (Photo Credit Paul Fox.)

Eddie as Benji as George. (Photo by Paul Fox.)

Thanks to Gideon for the George spotting!


Mixtapes and mixed emotions

Benji has us thinking about mixtapes this week and what might be on a list of songs about “not knowing how somebody feels.” Here’s some inspiration from Assistant Director Josh, featuring more classic George Michael and living legend Aretha Franklin:

What other songs might be on Benji’s mixtape? Stay tuned for more ’90s-inspired playlists!

You Gotta Have It

…Faith, that is!

In the play, Benji has an amazing scene where he rocks out to “Faith” while writing a mash-note to his crush, Kenny.

Children of the late 1980s and early 90s remember — keenly,  viscerally — the video and album cover for George Michael’s landmark hit and 1989 Album of the Year. George Michael wasn’t just totally boss, he was sexy as hell, and while his videos were full of supermodels, it was unspoken but generally suspected that he was gay (this was confirmed in 1989 with a public arrest for lewd behavior).

The hips, the moves, the tight jeans, the popped collar, the curled lip: he had it all. For everyone.

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Of course, all this was long after he went by his birth name, Yorgos Panayiotou, and was an awkward teenager, just like Kenny, Benji, and Edith.