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Alex Newell Slays “Mama Will Provide” On “Late Night With Seth Meyers”

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The “Glee” star plays a goddess in Broadway’s “Once on This Island.” A report by Brandon Voss for New Now Next.

Can’t come to Mama? Mama will come to you.

Led by Glee star and recording artist Alex Newell in colorful Caribbean drag, the cast of Broadway’s Once on This Island performed the show-stopping number “Mama Will Provide” earlier this week on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Out director Michael Arden helms the first Broadway revival of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s 1990 musical about the star-crossed romance between a peasant girl and wealthy boy, set against the backdrop of a storm-threatened island ruled by four deities. Newell makes his Broadway debut as Asaka, Mother of the Earth.

Arden recently told NewNowNext about his decision to disregard gender constraints when casting his gods and goddesses, specifically Newell as Asaka.

“I thought, well, who am I to define…

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