Since its launch in November 2015, Fresh is the Word has been a documentation of for sorts for music/pop culture journalist Kelly “K-Fresh” Frazier, as they journey through their love of music and pop culture, as well as using this platform to share they growth on topics important to women, people of color and the LGBTQ community through the artistic lens of pop culture. As an ever evolving podcast, K-Fresh is going back to his roots focusing more on the music artists they are passionate about from the past and present. From the classic hip-hop artists they grew up on, to the new faces of dance, and from the metal bands they’ve long appreciated to the indie pop artist stealing their heart, Fresh is the Word aims to tell the stories of those who need their contributions to music known, while also exposing their audience to the next artists to watch out for (sometimes before they blow up!).
The guest for this episode is Aiyana Smash, making her national debut as Mimi Marquez on the RENT 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour. During our chat, we talked about how she got the role of Mimi, how growing up in Mount Vernon molded her as person and how that translated into the musical theatre world, her experiences as a part of RENT and how she was able to relate to the Mimi Marquez, and how RENT is still relatable 25 years later. Aiyana also just released a new single titled “Queen”.
The RENT 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour will hit the Fisher Theatre in Detroit for a limited run from October 19th-24th. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit broadwayindetroit.com.
SPECIAL NOTE: All Guests attending these performances must show proof of a Negative Covid Test (taken within 72 hours of your performance) OR proof of Full Vaccination (at least 14 days after your second dose) with a government issued ID prior to admittance to the theatre. Additionally – all guests must wear face coverings while in the theatre unless actively eating or drinking, regardless of vaccination status.
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