Laura Griffith Langs is a theater artist.
Laura is a theater artist. Photo by John Langs

It's Tuesday, July 14, and today you're in for a treat.

This morning's message comes from the theater artist Laura Griffith Langs, who's performed on Broadway in shows like The Light in the Piazza, Oklahoma!, and South Pacific, but lives in Seattle and is best known locally for roles at 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT.

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Laura took a break from acting three years ago to have a baby, and the baby is now at an age where she's bouncing off the walls, so Laura wasn't able to record a new message—but that's how we ended up with this special treat.

It's a video of Laura singing to her baby three years ago, back when she enjoyed being sung to (not the case, these days!), and the video is trained entirely on the smiling baby's face. Remember three years ago? When COVID-19 didn't exist? We barely do either.

Laura's singing "Cockeyed Optimist" from South Pacific.

"My daughter was born right before the election in 2016, and I think I sang this song to her a lot when she was a baby because it was my meditation on hope."

South Pacific was the last show Laura did in New York before coming back west to find love and start a family.

In 2014, in an interview published in The Stranger under the headline "Laura Griffith Keeps Killing It at the 5th Avenue Theatre," she casually mentioned, "I've been single for a while."

Six months later, she met her future husband, John Langs, who is now the artistic director of ACT Theatre. When Laura appeared as Squeaky Fromme in ACT's production of Assassins in 2016, she was three months pregnant.

Laura, right, as Squeaky Fromme in Assassins, was three months pregnant in this production at ACT.
Laura, right, as Squeaky Fromme in Assassins at ACT. ACT Theatre/Photo by Tracy Martin

By the way, the baby? She's probably the only person in the world who isn't overjoyed when her mom starts singing. "She is not impressed now," Laura says. "It's my only superpower, and she's totally immune. She won’t tolerate my singing anymore, but she sings to herself all the time which always makes me smile. She is quite the composer."

Okay, that is hilarious—Mom's a Broadway star, but baby's a critic.

Thank you for that laugh, and for your brilliant voice, and for this blast of joy this morning, Laura.

Good luck out there today, everyone.


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Previously in this series:


Aaron Bagleys message to the city on July 10.
Aaron Bagley's message to the city on July 10.

Kathy Hsiehs message to the city on July 9.
Kathy Hsieh's message to the city on July 9.

Crispin Spaeth is a choreographer and teacher.
Crispin Spaeth's message to the city on July 8.

Tom and Virginia Dziekonski are musicians with the Pacific Northwest Ballet orchestra.
Tom and Virginia Dziekonski's message to the city on July 7.

Pol Rosenthals message to the city on July 6.
Pol Rosenthal's message to the city on July 6.

Betsey Brocks message to the city on July 2.
Betsey Brock's message to the city on July 2.

Shaina Shepherds message to the city on July 1.
Shaina Shepherd's message to the city on July 1.

Rodger Burnett and Joyce Ramees message to the city on June 30.
Rodger Burnett and Joyce Ramee's message to the city on June 30.

Charles Leggetts message to the city June 29.
Charles Leggett's message to the city June 29.

Rachel Guyer-Mafunes message to the city on June 26.
Rachel Guyer-Mafune's message to the city on June 26.

Liz Hayess message to the city on June 24.
Liz Hayes's message to the city on June 24.

Nicholas Bernards message to the city on June 22.
Nicholas Bernard's message to the city on June 22.

Tariqa Waterss message to the city on June 19.
Tariqa Waters's message to the city on June 19.

Bruce Clayton Toms message to the city on June 18.
Bruce Clayton Tom's message to the city on June 18.

Isaac Gutierrezs message to the city on June 17.
Isaac Gutierrez's message to the city on June 17.

Markeith Wileys message to the city on June 16.
Markeith Wiley's message to the city on June 16.

Aleksa Manilas message to the city on June 15.
Aleksa Manila's message to the city on June 15.

Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchells message to the city on June 12.
Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell's message to the city on June 12.

Bret Fetzers message to the city on June 12.
Bret Fetzer's message to the city on June 11.

Kyle OQuins message to the city on June 10.
Kyle O'Quin's message to the city on June 10.

Elisheba Johnsons message to the city on June 9.
Elisheba Johnson's message to the city on June 9.

Michael Jinsoo Lims message to the city on June 8.
Michael Jinsoo Lim's message to the city on June 8.

Brandon Ivies message to the city on June 5.
Brandon Ivie's message to the city on June 5.

Kimya Dawsons message to the city on June 4.
Kimya Dawson's message to the city on June 4.

Jennifer Nelsons message to the city on June 3.
Jennifer Nelson's message to the city on June 3.

Erin Jorgensens message to the city on June 2.
Erin Jorgensen's message to the city on June 2.

Brangien Davis and Daniel Spilss message to the city on June 1.
Brangien Davis and Daniel Spils's message to the city on June 1.

Timothy De Clues message to the city on May 29.
Timothy De Clue's message to the city on May 29.

Elizabeth Aquinos message to the city on May 28.
Elizabeth Aquino's message to the city on May 28.

Christopher Frizzelles message to the city on May 27.
Christopher Frizzelle's message to the city on May 27.

Elby Broschs message to the city on May 26.
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Mila Skyys message to the city on May 22.
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Michael Lees message to the city on May 21.
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SassyBlacks message to the city on May 20.
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Seattle Symphony Horn Sections message to the city on May 19.
Seattle Symphony horn section's message to the city on May 19.

Lori Goldstons message to the city on May 18.
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Ibidunni Ojikutus message to the city on May 15.
Ibidunni Ojikutu's message to the city on May 15.

RL Heyers message to the city on May 14.
RL Heyer's message to the city on May 14.

Garth Steins message to the city on May 13.
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Okanomodés message to the city on May 12.
Okanomodé's message to the city on May 12.

Zoe Scofields message to the city on May 11.
Zoe Scofield's message to the city on May 11.

Aham Oluos message to the city on May 8.
Aham Oluo's message to the city on May 8.

Pete Rushs message to the city on May 7.
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Trent Moormans message to the city on May 6.
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Renée Valencias message to the city on May 5.
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Justin Huertass message to the city on May 4.
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Charles Mudedes message to the city on May 1.
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Kathryn Rathkes message to the city on April 30.
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Anthony Whites message to the city on April 30.
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Miss Texas 1988s message to the city.
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Matt Bishops message on April 27.
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Shenandoah Daviss message to the city on April 25.
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Lorena Gonzálezs message to the city on April 24.
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Clyde Petersens message to the city on April 23.
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David Ritts message to the city on April 22.
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Sara Porkalobs message to the city on April 21.
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Julia Sweeneys message to the city on April 20.
Julia Sweeney's message to the city on April 20.

Linda Derschangs message to the city on April 19.
Linda Derschang's message to the city on April 19.

Molly Sidess message to the city on April 18.
Molly Sides's message to the city on April 18.

Nick Garrisons message to the city on April 17.
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Tomo Nakayamas message to the city on April 16.
Tomo Nakayama's message to the city on April 16.

Rebecca M. Daviss message to the city April 15.
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Heather McHughs message to the city on April 14.
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Brandon ONeills message to the city on April 13.
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Kate Wallichs message to the city on April 12.
Kate Wallich's message to the city on April 12.

Rebecca Browns message to the city on April 11.
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Lucien Postlewaites message to the city on April 10.
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Betty Wetters message to the city on April 9.
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Amanda Morgans message to the city on April 8.
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Nancy Guppys message to the city on April 7.
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Jonathan Bisss message to the city on April 6.
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Chris Jeffriess message to the city on April 5.
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Lesley Hazletons message to the city on April 4.
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John Rodericks message to the city on April 3.
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Bill Cartys message to the city on April 2.
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Price Suddarths message to the city on April 1.
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Kary Waysons message to the city on March 31.
Kary Wayson's message to the city on March 31.

Ellen Forneys message to the city on March 30.
Ellen Forney's message to the city on March 30.

Major Scaless message to the city on March 29.
Major Scales's message to the city on March 29.

E. J. Kohs message to the city on March 28.
E. J. Koh's message to the city on March 28.

Ken Jenningss message to the city on March 27.
Ken Jennings's message to the city on March 27.

Demarre McGills message to the city on March 26.
Demarre McGill's message to the city on March 26.

Lynn Sheltons Message to the City on March 25th.
Lynn Shelton's Message to the City on March 25th.

Timothy White Eagles message to the city on March 24.
Timothy White Eagle's message to the city on March 24.

Cookie Coutures message to the city on March 23.
Cookie Couture's message to the city on March 23.

Sarah Rudinoffs message to the city on March 22.
Sarah Rudinoff's message to the city on March 22.

John Osebolds message to the city on March 21.
John Osebold's message to the city on March 21.


Ben Gibbards message to the city on March 21.
Ben Gibbard's message to the city on March 20.

Nathan Chans message to the city on March 19.
Nathan Chan's message to the city on March 19.