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Cats (2019)

You remember that trailer, right? The one that instantly set the Internet a’blaze with gasps of horror, hilarious memes and near-unanimous “what were they THINKING?!?!”s as the world caught its first confusing, terrifying glimpse of Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper’s big-name big-screen adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway musical. “Bup, bup,” the filmmakers replied, “Cool …

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Fences

Denzel Washington takes the directorial reigns in the big screen adaptation of playwright August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of an African-American couple in 1950s Pittsburgh. Denzel knows this story, and knows how to stock the film with top-notch actors. After all, both he and Viola Davis won Tony awards in the Broadway revival, so it …

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Jersey Boys

Clint Eastwood has directed so many fine films, one after another, that it comes as a surprise that his film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys is such a miss. It is not a fault of the talent, especially when most of the major characters are played by folks who starred in the …

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A Chorus Line

Now, I’ve never seen A Chorus Line in any incarnation. My only familiarity with it is the unavoidable finale song “One” (“… singular sensation! Every little step she takes!” Go on, sing along!). It is one of those musicals that has toured the world and is probably being performed right now on stage somewhere. But, …

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August: Osage County

August: Osage County features its own special sort of effed up family. Matriarch Violet (Meryl Streep) is a withering mean old biddy. Violet has been diagnosed with mouth cancer—which is a little bit more than symbolic, considering all the bile that comes spewing from her face in the form of words. Of her three children, …

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Les Misérables: From Stage to Screen

Lovers of Alain Boubil and Claude-Michel Schonberg’s musical masterpiece will delight in the nearly 100-page book that includes insightful details, behind-the-scenes photos and 20 pieces of removable memorabilia such as annotated scripts and costume sketches. Did you know that Glee’s Lea Michelle made her Broadway debut as young Cosette? Did you know that all the …

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