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Jonathan Groff Recounts Sweet Story of His First Gay Kiss During ‘Broadway Gives Back’ Interview: ‘I Was Levitating’

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Marc Malkin Senior Film Awards, Events & Lifestyle EditorJonathan Groff is opening up about his early days in New York City and his first same-sex kiss.The future “Frozen” and “Hamilton” star was only about 19 years old when he was a waiter at the Chelsea Grill in Hell’s Kitchen.

It’s there that he met Tom Viola, executive director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA).“He talked to me about the organization and the good that they did for the community and he also talked to me about how they have volunteers standing with red buckets collection money [at Broadway theaters],” Groff tells Jan Svendsen on a new episode of the “Broadway Gives Back” podcast.He added, “You could watch the second act of Broadway shows by signing up as a volunteer.

So the volunteering aspect of the organization, plus the fact that I could see theater got me super interested.” Viola invited Groff to the Broadway Cares offices to learn more about their work.

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