Theatre

Lin-Manuel Miranda Performs ‘Hamilton’ Numbers — as Clues on ‘Jeopardy!’

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Though you may not have thought about Jeopardy! in the last 10 years — except perhaps to think, “I can’t believe I’m thinking about Jeopardy!” and “I really wish I thought about Jeopardy!” and perhaps most commonly “Jeopardy! is still on? That’s great!” — today’s guest on the classic game show indicates that perhaps the show is still pretty “with it.”
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‘The Wiz’ Brought Some Much-Needed Color to NBC’s Live Theater Broadcasts

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It’s a little easier to find black people on film and television in 2015 than it was in the ’70s, when the original Broadway and film productions of The Wiz debuted. But the “urbanized retelling” of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz remains a cultural touchstone, especially for some of the actors in NBC’s live television broadcast of the production, The Wiz Live! which aired Thursday night.
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A New ‘Henry IV’ Production Shows How Gender-Swapped Casting Can Keep Shakespeare Vital

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A lot of the discussion surrounding gender-swapped Shakespeare productions hinges on an idea of theatrical reparation. The idea isn’t just that these casting decisions make up for the Elizabethan refusal to let women play any part, but also that they address the dearth of substantial female roles in Shakespeare’s works (at least outside the comedies).
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Here’s the Plot of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,’ the “Eighth Story,” in the Series

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The play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child already had every reason to get people excited: not only is it directed by John Tiffany and movement-directed by Steven Hoggett (both of whom had the same roles in creating the National Theater of Scotland’s Let the Right One In), it’s co-written by Tiffany and Let the Right One In adaptor Jack Thorne… oh, and the third co-writer happens to be J.K. Rowling herself. 
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